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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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    Ann 05-03-12
    Ann 05-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    I really enjoyed this book. Not a lot of juicy gossip, but still very interesting and honest. I liked the stories he tells and his point of view. He also reads it quite well, it's like sitting in the living room with Rob Petrie!

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    Paul schenectady, NY, United States 03-13-12
    Paul schenectady, NY, United States 03-13-12
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    From the recollection of the events in his professional life -- behind the scenes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, stories of meeting Walt Disney while filming Marry Poppins, and even the surprisingly negative experience filming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- to the interests and struggles of his personal life -- his (nearly lifelong) struggle with alcoholism, a brief encounter he had with the mob, a marital affair and the subsequent break down of his marriage, the falling out he had with the church, and his later-life love of computer graphics and 'harmonizing' with friends at children's hospitals -- there are few who wouldn't find his stories interesting, inspiring and amusing.

    In my favorite moment, he describes the slight smile of 15 year old, cancer stricken boy, to weak to even sit up, after a bedside performance of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as the greatest applause he had ever received.

    For fans of the versatile performer, My Lucky Life will thoroughly delight.

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    Ms.Dawnn 03-05-12
    Ms.Dawnn 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "DVD: Always Entertaining"
    Where does My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoy autobiographies.


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

    Nothing comes to mind....this book is about Dick Van Dyke, a one of a kind!


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

    His zest for life, his charming wit, generous nature and good will.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    DVD: Always Entertaining!


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    Katherine Cullar Oakley, CA USA 02-22-12
    Katherine Cullar Oakley, CA USA 02-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Who doesn't love Dick Van Dyke?"
    If you could sum up My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful! I've always loved Dick Van Dyke and listening to him share his events, thoughts and feelings through his life was great fun. Audio quality is not what it should be, though. Seems like Random House could do better.


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    Lucky Guy 02-13-12
    Lucky Guy 02-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    I was especially surprised at how open, honest, and genuinely spiritual he was -- and how he emphasized repeatedly that what is important is creating love in the world. No wonder we all love him so much.

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    Sarah 02-10-12
    Sarah 02-10-12
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    "Where's the beef?"

    I really like Dick Van Dyke, so I was surprised by how boring this book was. There's just no meat here, and I don't mean dirt. It read like a series of "this happened then that happened," and I was never drawn into the story. He's a great guy and has nice things to say about everyone, but that does not an engrossing memoir make. As a narrator, Mr. Van Dyke was often difficult to understand, which is a shame, because it's usually more enjoyable when a celebrity reads their own work.

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    Rick COEUR D ALENE, ID, United States 12-06-11
    Rick COEUR D ALENE, ID, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a fun look back at a great time in America


    What does Dick Van Dyke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is great to listen too and easy on the ears


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

    When Mr Van Dyke met Stan Laurel for the first time...then when Stan passed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marge United States 11-22-11
    Marge United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining and informative"

    He is very open and candid in this book, yet tells so much of it in a fun and entertaining way. It showed me the person behind the actor I had grown up watching and enjoying most of my life.

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    Beverly Chandler, AZ, United States 10-22-11
    Beverly Chandler, AZ, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Might - if they grew up knowing of Dick Van Dyke


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dick Van Dyke? Why or why not?

    Not sure if I would read another one of his books. I felt like there was a lot not covered or answered.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Van Dyke?

    No - kinda sounds like he has trouble talking at times


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


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    Brenda 09-20-11
    Brenda 09-20-11

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    I love Dick VanDyke but I was really disappointed in this book. I found it to be boreing, which really surprised me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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