His early days and his unlikely rise to stardom. Lucky indeed.
His memories of the movies I loved as a child, especially Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (he hated it)
Burt, the chimneysweep, is a close second to Rob Petrie.
Many, but his meetings and friendships with the old silent comedians, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.
I have always enjoyed watching the movies and television work of this extraordinarily talented man. I was too young to enjoy his television years but at the age of seven I remember being absolutely riveted by the movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
By the time the movie was released in the UK we knew every word to every song in the film because my father bought the record album for my brother and I to listed to - and did we ever. I still remember most of the songs now. It was a magical day when we actually joined the huge lines at our local cinema and to enjoy something this special.
I am sure that many will disagree, but I felt let down when Mr. Van Dyke talked as if the movie had been a disappointment in its finished product. He voiced that there were a lot of things that he was not happy with or did not go as he would have liked; and if this is how he feels then he is right to publish this view.
However, I remember this film being an absolute blockbuster which he presumably benefitted financially and a career point of view. In fact I am sure he is still collecting royalty checks from the repeats of the film and theater production.
He gave very little details of where he felt the movie had not gone as planned which would have been interesting to hear (although I do remember him saying that the seaside scenes had to be filmed in the South of France because of the poor British weather! What a shocker).
But I really felt let down as a fan of the movie in that he seemed to show no appreciation or awareness of the pleasure it gave children then and is still doing now. If things didn't go to plan, then of course that is extremely relevant but he brushed passed all this and I got the feeling that it was not a film that he enjoyed making at all.
Okay, I am a 'happy ending' sort of gal but one of my pet hates is when celebrities moan about work that gave them a great deal of fame and money, but also brought something special to the lives of the audience the movie was targeted to.
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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 listened to this on vacation while driving through the North Carolina mountains! You are immediately comforted with the voice of the one and only DIck Van Dyke. This is another story of someone who went through a long time with nothing and lived one day to the next, which you forget in all of the glamour of Hollywood. I must admit that I kept waiting for what I consider to be the two big Dick events, the breakup of his marriage and subsequent long partnership with MIchelle Triola and his alcoholism. Don't make the same mistake! There are plenty of good stories about his television shows, Broadway shows and movies and his marriage as they moved around for his career. I got the book from the library to look at the pictures and he was friends with great ones such as Richard Crenna. I know what Michelle looked like but I would have liked to see her picture in there are as well. This is a multi-generation listen; my mom liked it too!
A retired Navy sailor AND a former civil servant, I'm happy to be living in paradise.
I most definitely would! Dick Van Dyke made the book .a wonderful listen
Dick Van Dyke, of course. He comes across as a real person and not a fake image created by Hollywood.
I haven't listened to any other Dick Van Dyke's audio books (if there are any), but I've watched him on his sitcoms and in interviews, and it's ALWAYS a pleasure.
You will laugh at various points of his story, since he can be very humorous.
Yes. He is a lovable character although he had his flaws of character.
Insights on him as a man and all the fun times in Hollywood and life and some bad times too. Easy enjoyable listen
The story being told in his own voice, takes a well told account of his road through life and just adds something extra as what he conveys is all the more precise since none know the story better than he.
If you're reading this far because you saw Dick Van Dyke, you'll probably enjoy the book a great deal.
The most enjoyable was listening to Mr. Van Dyke tell his own story. I felt as though I was sitting right in front of him as he told me his life story. Any memoir not narrated by the subject person will not be enjoyable. Reading the book would not have the same affect on me.
I would compare this book to other memoir/autobiographies that I've read or listened to. Most recently would be Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Diahanne Carrol. All of these wonderful actresses also narrated their own books and spoke of full, interesting, humorous, flawed at times lives that makes you think and hate when you've come to the end.
Dick is very expressive and such a kind hearted man and it comes through his narration. He was not monotone and excites the reader. This obviously comes from his work off screen in narration sand early years on radio. I wish he would narrate more books.
The ENTIRE book moved me but especially on parts where he reflected on his life and tried to make himself better and stayed positive even in the midst of the Hollywood life that can get the better of most people. I felt like he is a kindred spirit. Many of his reflections were in tune with how I feel about life now. As a 29 year old African American female, I think that says a lot in itself that I can feel so moved by an 88 year old Caucasian male.
I've loved Dick Van Dyke since I was a child. First it was The Dick Van dyke show on Nick at Nite, then Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and now Diagnosis Murder, Murder 101, guest appearances in TV and movies and revisiting all the old movies I hadn't seen like Bye Bye Birdie and Fitzwilly. Good wholesome family oriented entertainment. Mr. Van Dyke is an inspiration. Please buy this audiobook and/or the book, you will not regret it.
This was a fine biography. Not particularly interesting and not particularly performed well. Just okay.