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My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business Audiobook

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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    Edward L. Tatro, Jr. Maine 07-28-15
    Edward L. Tatro, Jr. Maine 07-28-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm a complex individual with very eclectic tastes in books and fiends. I'm also a Mental Health worker and Notary Public (Maine).

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    "Tears and Laughter"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer USA 07-19-15
    Amazon Customer USA 07-19-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Entertaining & articulate"

    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.

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    Doug Mowry Richland, WA United States 03-16-15
    Doug Mowry Richland, WA United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Viva Van Dyke!"

    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.

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    Shirley Woods 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring story of real life!"

    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!

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    Pat Murphy Shelbyville, KY United States 01-13-15
    Pat Murphy Shelbyville, KY United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it…"

    I'm glad DVD got to put this to paper and happy he made the choice so long ago to focus on uplifting material.

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    Tony Minich 10-13-14
    Tony Minich 10-13-14

    A retired Navy sailor AND a former civil servant, I'm happy to be living in paradise.

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    "WONDERFUL AUDIO EXPERIENCE!"
    Would you listen to My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business again? Why?

    I most definitely would! Dick Van Dyke made the book .a wonderful listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dick Van Dyke, of course. He comes across as a real person and not a fake image created by Hollywood.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You will laugh at various points of his story, since he can be very humorous.


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    Whispers Mom 08-23-14
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    "Who doesn't love Dick Van Dyke"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


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    Fr. M. David CT, USA 07-26-14
    Fr. 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.

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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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