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My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir | [Dick Van Dyke]

My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.
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Publisher's Summary

Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.

His trailblazing television program, The Dick Van Dyke Show (produced by Carl Reiner, who has written the foreword to this memoir), was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1960s and introduced another major television star, Mary Tyler Moore. But Dick Van Dyke was also an enormously engaging movie star whose films, including Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, have been discovered by a new generation of fans and are as beloved today as they were when they first appeared. Who doesn’t know the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

A colorful, loving, richly detailed look at the decades of a multilayered life, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business will enthrall every generation of listener, from baby-boomers who recall when Rob Petrie became a household name to all those still enchanted by Bert’s “Chim Chim Cher-ee”. This is a lively, heartwarming memoir of a performer who still thinks of himself as a “simple song-and-dance man”, but who is, in every sense of the word, a classic entertainer.

©2011 Dick Van Dyke (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“In my opinion, 'Luck’ has little to do with Dick Van Dyke’s life. It is, rather, his innate kindness and talent that have had an extraordinary effect in shaping the man. And what a fascinating self-portrait he’s given us in this book.” (Mary Tyler Moore)

“From the time I worked with Dick on the movie Bye Bye Birdie, I have admired his many talents, not the least of which is the joy and enthusiasm he shares with audiences. I’m a big fan of his... and his book.” (Ann-Margret)

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    Barna Elkridge, MD, United States 09-05-11
    Barna Elkridge, MD, United States 09-05-11
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    "Great easy listen in his own voice!"

    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!

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    M. David CT, USA 07-26-14
    M. David CT, USA 07-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Those interested in him will enjoy it"
    What does Dick Van Dyke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're reading this far because you saw Dick Van Dyke, you'll probably enjoy the book a great deal.

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    Elegance 04-06-14
    Elegance 04-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An Amazing Memoir!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business to and why?

    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.


    What about Dick Van Dyke’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bob pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-16-13
    bob pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "honest, warm, both funny and sad"
    What did you love best about My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

    His early days and his unlikely rise to stardom. Lucky indeed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

    His memories of the movies I loved as a child, especially Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (he hated it)


    Which character – as performed by Dick Van Dyke – was your favorite?

    Burt, the chimneysweep, is a close second to Rob Petrie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, but his meetings and friendships with the old silent comedians, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.


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    Jessica Providence, UT, United States 10-22-13
    Jessica Providence, UT, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I wanted more..."

    This was a fine biography. Not particularly interesting and not particularly performed well. Just okay.

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    Brad Flood Kansas City, MO United States 08-07-13
    Brad Flood Kansas City, MO United States 08-07-13
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    "INCREDIBLE"

    I love Dick Van Dyke and having him read this just added to the enjoyment!!!

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    LifeIsShort Respectville, USA 04-15-13
    LifeIsShort Respectville, USA 04-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Civility?Wherediditgo?

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    "Stick to comedy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Dick Van Dyke Show was my favorite show as a child. Mary Tyler Moore and Van Dyke truly were the perfect combination and the reruns never fail to bring me back to a gentler time.
    Perhaps I expected more too much from the author, a master of physical comedy.
    He recited his biography like a child standing in front of the class with stage fright. It was disappointing to listen to him drone his way through his life story.


    What could Dick Van Dyke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More enthusiasm, more comedy, more of everything in terms of emotion in his voice.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Van Dyke’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Do you think My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. He wrote in rather agonizing detail.


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    Claire Raleigh, NC, United States 01-15-13
    Claire Raleigh, NC, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't Spoil Childhood Memories..."

    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.

    Thanks for reading

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    Conrad Seattle, WA, United States 12-12-12
    Conrad Seattle, WA, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm an avid audio book "reader," especially while walking my dog. As a result, he is the best informed Standard Poodle in West Seattle.

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    "A Jolly Holiday with Dick Van Dyke"
    What did you love best about My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

    The man telling the story. He speaks with friendliness, humility, and grace.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

    Anything to do with the old "Dick Van Dyke Show" and the movies "Mary Poppins" and "Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN."


    What about Dick Van Dyke’s performance did you like?

    The warmth in his voice--testament to a life well and fully lived.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nah, it's a fun book, but I preferred to break it up over a few days--which I did while walking my dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a life-long Dick Van Dyke fan, dating to his old sitcom. His memoir scores on several levels--as a fascinating personal story, as an insider's view of the entertainment business across many decades, and as a blueprint for how to balance hard work, fun, and philanthropy. He cites luck and serendipity as key factors in his success--but underlying these are a strong work ethic, strong family, and a great respect for the talented people he's worked with, including Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, his brother Jerry, and many more. All in all, a very good "read."

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    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-12-12
    Jill BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating Story of a Fascinating Man"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I thought Dick Van Dyke's performance was great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dick Van Dyke is a really interesting, deep thinker. Not only did I enjoy his stories about his shows and movies, but I appreciated his thoughts on religion and the meaning of life. We could all learn a lot from him.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Van Dyke’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Some of the reviews I read implied that DVD was too old to be reading at 85 years old, and that his voice sounded weak. I did not find that at all. I am aware that he is old, but his voice is strong and so is his performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It definitely pulls you in. Some parts are slower than others but it kept me engaged throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Will probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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