I absolutely loved the first half and hated the second life.
If he realized people have different political viewpoints.
His great performance. He really can entertain.
I think Dick leaves a lot out of the story. He skims over much of the story. His parents were distant and his father was an alcoholic and you can see how it impacted his life greatly. But he doesn't tell you how he really feels.
I have always been a fan so didn't think I would be disappointed. His total candor about his drinking and marriage problems was actually very inspiring. I recently saw him in concert here in Dallas and LOVED HIM ! I don't think that anyone this is a Dick Van Dyke fan will be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this book. Not a lot of juicy gossip, but still very interesting and honest. I liked the stories he tells and his point of view. He also reads it quite well, it's like sitting in the living room with Rob Petrie!
From the recollection of the events in his professional life -- behind the scenes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, stories of meeting Walt Disney while filming Marry Poppins, and even the surprisingly negative experience filming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- to the interests and struggles of his personal life -- his (nearly lifelong) struggle with alcoholism, a brief encounter he had with the mob, a marital affair and the subsequent break down of his marriage, the falling out he had with the church, and his later-life love of computer graphics and 'harmonizing' with friends at children's hospitals -- there are few who wouldn't find his stories interesting, inspiring and amusing.
In my favorite moment, he describes the slight smile of 15 year old, cancer stricken boy, to weak to even sit up, after a bedside performance of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as the greatest applause he had ever received.
For fans of the versatile performer, My Lucky Life will thoroughly delight.
I really enjoy autobiographies.
Nothing comes to mind....this book is about Dick Van Dyke, a one of a kind!
His zest for life, his charming wit, generous nature and good will.
DVD: Always Entertaining!
Wonderful! I've always loved Dick Van Dyke and listening to him share his events, thoughts and feelings through his life was great fun. Audio quality is not what it should be, though. Seems like Random House could do better.
I was especially surprised at how open, honest, and genuinely spiritual he was -- and how he emphasized repeatedly that what is important is creating love in the world. No wonder we all love him so much.
I really like Dick Van Dyke, so I was surprised by how boring this book was. There's just no meat here, and I don't mean dirt. It read like a series of "this happened then that happened," and I was never drawn into the story. He's a great guy and has nice things to say about everyone, but that does not an engrossing memoir make. As a narrator, Mr. Van Dyke was often difficult to understand, which is a shame, because it's usually more enjoyable when a celebrity reads their own work.
It's a fun look back at a great time in America
His voice is great to listen too and easy on the ears
When Mr Van Dyke met Stan Laurel for the first time...then when Stan passed.
He is very open and candid in this book, yet tells so much of it in a fun and entertaining way. It showed me the person behind the actor I had grown up watching and enjoying most of my life.