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.
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“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)
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.
Thanks for reading
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!
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What a wonderful piece by Dick Van Dyke, what makes it even better is that it is read by him. There are moments that you will need tissues but you will laugh all the way through it.
sometimes Van Dyke gets lost in self admiration as well as his quest to convince the reader he is a wholesome guy.
really enjoyed the stories from his career! the stories are humorous and provide a lot of insight into DVD the man.
Love-love-love this heartwarming memoir of a beloved American icon. It's read in his own voice, with as much animation as the Disney movies he loves. He has a warm, sort of "smiling" tone in his voice - like he's about to burst out laughing at any moment. So charming! He's honest, tells the stories of his life in and out of Hollywood. He tells some "true confessions on himself (including his little crush on co-star Mary Tyler Moore). When he talks about other famous people, it is always with respect and discretion. And still, some fascinating insights into the panoply of stars with whom he worked over his long show biz career. I treasure this glimpse into the mind and heart of a genuine human being.
Really enjoyed the book. I loved the show & lots of the movies! Thanks for sharing your story & all the laughter in life! I have been told on many occasions how much my smile is enjoyed by people I don't even know and others in my life on a regular basis! Laughter is so important for our lives! Thanks again!
I'm glad DVD got to put this to paper and happy he made the choice so long ago to focus on uplifting material.
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.
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