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)
This is such a fun stroll down memory lane with Dick Van Dyke - truly an American treasure. Covering the brighter side of things, his outlook on life is refreshing and his focus on family values, the evolving entertainment industry and the power of a positive attitude is motivating. This story includes some really interesting detail on the early radio and television production, life in the Los Angeles area prior to the population explosion and traffic, and lots of fun info about fellow actors, dancers, writers, comedians, and even political leaders. Highly recommend for a centering study of how to live and be joyous through shining light into the lives of others. Wish I could give this man a hug.
I'm a huge fan but for me this fell short, in part because he seemed to just gently float on the surface;. It certainly confirmed he's a clean family man with a long career doing stuff his kids could see. It's not that we wanted dirt but it would have been nice if he dug a bit deeper into his own psyche and heart. In one extraordinary story that he just skimmed over he was having dinner with a member of the Black Panthers when his house is suddenly surrounded by police. But then he just moves on, no real details as to how everyone felt, how he handled it what was discussed before or after. The whole book felt like little moments but no attempt to get at the heart of a life so full of amazing experiences.
I love using the audio version of books. I generally have one book and one audio going.
The author also did the narration.
I am glad I took the chance on this one. I don't buy this kind of book often. But it was nice to listen to. No Hollywood tattle tales.......just an over view of him making his way. I enjoyed it.
I start from a completely biased love for Mr. Van Dyke, and I know I'm not alone . He didn't not disappoint in this audiobook . I loved this memoir and the only downside is it's not nearly long enough, I could listen to his upbeat, iconic voice forever!!!
His candor and gentle honesty were refreshing as was the non-salacious content= very refreshing indeed!
what a wonderful listen this book has been. Mr. Van Dyke add so much to the reading. he is a wonderful man who's led an amazing life. I cant recommend it highly enough.
Work Hard. Be Nice.
I've been a fan of Dick Van Dyke my whole life and I was excited to listen to his memoir.
It was good, but not great for me. It read more like a timeline of his life than giving me any deep insight into his life. I don't really feel closer to his after reading the book, but I did enjoy it.
He's a nice guy and admittedly lazy, and I guess the life stories of nice guys just aren't as interesting as those who aren't so nice and who actively work hard to accomplish their goals.
If you're a fan you'll enjoy this. If you're just looking for an insider look at show biz then you may consider a different book.
I'm a fan and remain one after this reading.
I gave the story 4 stars, because it's HIS story. Had it been anyone else I'd have rated lower.
Yes. I'm British and I grew up on all of the Dick Van Dyke kiddie movies. Just loved his story. It was straight from the heart. Poignant. Funny. Although ragic in parts. He told his story with such honesty. His words and view on life is inspirational and encouraging. He's an all round wonderful entertainer. I love the fact that he's still working because that's his passion and drive in life and you can hear this through his voice and countless stories of showbiz.
Dick Van Dyke of course, who else could it be?!
You don't need to be a fan to enjoy this book. I couldn't put the audio down!
Always been an admirer of Mr.Van Dyke and his body of work. His positive attitude and humility shine through this overview of life experience. Looking forward to reading his latest ,"Keep Moving".
Especially since it is supposed to highlight his relationship with Arlene. The Van Dykes were an inspiration the good Lord above used to let down my guard, when I was smitten with the love of my life!
He is 16 years my senior. & is everything I dreamed of, and then some. Thanks again, Mr. Van Dyke, for being true to your calling!!
Mrs. Kitty A.
As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.
It was not one of my favorite books to listen to. Not a lot of energy. The story wasn't bad but I guess not what I expected.
Now don't get me wrong. I love the man and the years of laughter he gave to me through his TV show and musicals. No one had the comedic timing and ability to do physical comedy the way he did. He was the best. AND he was a super TV writer.
his life is his life and I could never compare it to someone elses.
I was so saddened by how his voice sounded when he narrated. It made it a bit hard to listen to at points. It sounded like his speech was impaired, almost like his teeth were loose ( I know that sounds so weird)
I hope at the reading he was just not feeling well. Maybe it was just me, but it was kind of sad, and it affected the way I felt about listening to it.
Sad to say, as much as I love the man and the actor, he should not have read his own book. The story could have been edited better and I believe a book, or movie, for that much, lives or dies with the editor. And of course 2nd would be the narration, if you're into audio, like me.
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