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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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    Richard LA CROSSE, WI, United States 06-08-11
    Richard LA CROSSE, WI, United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Still Inspires Me and Funny."

    I love this book, my wife told me about this book and I got hooked from his first story. It is a fast listen and hearing Mr Van Dyke tell his own story is worth it. I can't imagine any other narrator telling his story. I have been a fan sense The Dick Van Dyke show and a big Mary Poppins fan. He is a big inspiration in my life as for I am a family comedy performer.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Litlepapoose United States 10-22-11
    Litlepapoose United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, wish there was more"

    If you love Dick Van Dyke you will love this book. I only wish it were longer. It is narrated by Dick Van Dyke himself so in that sense it is better than the paper version. Although I do wish I had the paper version with the photos...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 02-01-13
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2001

    Letting the rest of the world go by

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    "Simple guide for a better life"

    The book is a delightful listen and is a good guide book on how to enjoy life. Do good and be good and good will flow back to you seems to be the theme for this book.

    I mostly read science and history books to find out about our place in the universe, but I'm glad I veered off those topics and listened to this book. The author's approach to life gave me an interesting perspective.

    The author's reading of his own book was superb and added to the listening experience.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L'Ara Centreville, VA, United States 12-07-11
    L'Ara Centreville, VA, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2010

    I am losing my eyesight. Always been an avid reader but had to stop reading. So gave audio a try. Took me awhile; now I love listening best!

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    "A Spoonful of Sugar in Biography Form"

    If you are like me, you will feel very lucky if you decide to listen to this fine book and performance.With its refreshing lack of cynicism and the wonderful story of the lucky life of a man who has been well known to children, parents, ... pretty much every American.To me, Dick Van Dyke is both "Bert" from Mary Poppins and the great, loving Dad in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Of course I saw his iconic television shows often as a child and later as a young adult. But in both Mary Poppins and Chitty, Van Dyke story is an important part of my own reality at that time.His courageous "family-friendly" decisions about the parts and films he would perform are similar to the decisions that my father and uncle made for the same reasons during the same timeline (60s and onward). I well remember being embarrassed at school where I was teased because my Dad made kid's films. My friends' parents made "grown up" movies, while like Van Dyke, mine only did "kid's stuff." I find in hindsight, now as a mother with three kids and three step-kids, that my embarrassment was very misplaced and Van Dyke's decision to be a "family movie" actor, like the Sherman Brothers' decisions, were courageous (My father is one of the Sherman Brothers who Walt Disney introduced Dick Van Dyke to my Father and Uncle as the culmination of his initial introduction to the movie-in-progress to hear many of the Mary Poppins songs. This meeting and Dick's reaction to the whole project, especially the music, is beautifully described in My Lucky Life's Chapter called A Jolly Holiday. I was a pre-teen during that time. My Dad, Robert, the brother than Dick describes as the "quiet" one and Van Dyke were friendly.) Like Van Dyke, my father wasn't into the party scene, and as I listened to this autobiography, I found myself learning why these two naturally imaginative but not perfect men, both incredible creatives, were friends. I was often on the Disney lot during the filming of Mary Poppins as I was a professional singer from age 5 - 18.
    I found that the author's description of Walt Disney was very similar to the way that I understood him. I was lucky enough to see Disney, Van Dyke and other actors, directors, animators, and more at work together.On my breaks from singing, I would visit my Dad and Uncle whose office was three doors down from Walt's in the old Animation Building.
    Watching the intensive and interactive type of creativity that was pervasive on the Disney lot until Walt passed away taught me how to believe in myself as a creative person and also as a manager of creative people doing creative work, no matter the topic or
    The book is read by Dick Van Dyke, which is an essential aspect of the book's excellence.His friendly, casual writing is augmented by his friendly, casual vocal work, combined with his perfect timing makes listening to this book a delight. He is not trying to be funny, and it is not a joke book. It covers serious subjects with a lightness. I tend to think that some of it is understated, or perhaps remembered more kindly than it was at the time, but that is part of the charm of the book and it's author.
    This is an ideal "first read" because for most of us, Van Dyke is a "known quantity" and someone with whom we are comfortable. If Van Dyke is "in touch" with the threads and stories of his life as much as it seems in this book, he is blessed.
    I think that this is the case, that Van Dyke is indeed lucky and also blessed.It also seems that he is aware of this. His story allows us into his life, his decisions and the lucky breaks that have made his life a lucky one. In my opinion, the author understates the problems he has had and the solutions which he has chosen. Audiences may feel that the "family G-rated observations" of experiences like substance abuse does bring down the reality of his telling a few points.
    But how could he really help but to be Lucky? He was (and IS for each generation of children whose parents show them the Mary Poppins video or on line) a Chimney Sweep, and as we all well know "a sweep is as luck as lucky can be."

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 10-20-11
    Cathy Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 10-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "New beginnings"

    My first audiobook. No longer a virgin! And what a way to start.

    Doesn't hurt that I adore Dick Van Dyke but that aside, his autobiography is magic...made more magical by his telling of his own story. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    King Linden, CA, United States 09-08-11
    King Linden, CA, United States 09-08-11
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    "Bethany on the I-5"

    This was a nice account of Dick Van Dyke's life. It was not full of "juicy tidbits", but nicely read by the author himself. It was at times slow, but still an interesting life story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Eustis, FL, United States 06-05-11
    David Eustis, FL, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A National Treasure"

    This book is a must for any Dick Van Dyke fan. From the wonderful back stories of the Dick Van Dyke show, Mary Poppins, Chitty-Chitty, Bang-Bang. To the parts that you might be unfamiliar with. it's hard to stop listening.
    There is something new in every chapter. Like how he got his start in show business. His brief run in with the Mob. Almost getting fired from his job at an Atlanta TV station. His political activism, and his struggle with alcoholism.
    I am so glad the Dick Van Dyke narrates this book himself. I felt as if I were a relative of his, and asked him what his life was like? "Well pull up a chair, and I'll tell you all about it".
    There are so many performers. Dick Van Dyke is truly an entertainer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Tehachapi, CA, United States 03-29-12
    Jay Tehachapi, CA, United States 03-29-12
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    "You gotta Love Dick Van Dyke"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business to be better than the print version?

    No. Although his voice has lessened with age, hearing Dick Van Dyke tell his story brings his unique gift to the listener


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

    Portions of his life we of a certain age, all shared...Bye, By Birdie, his television experiences, and of course, Mary Poppins...


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

    Yes. Unfortunately we all must age and at 85 years old, age has taken its toll on Dick's clarity. Still I wish I had his sparkle and energy when I reach 85


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

    60's Icon


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Alamogordo, NM, United States 09-27-11
    Nancy Alamogordo, NM, United States 09-27-11
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    "Delightful"

    What a treat to hear the fabulous Dick Van Dyke tell his own wonderful story. I was lucky enough to see Mr. Van Dyke perform with his group, the Vantastix, during the time I listened to this and it just made me appreciate his talent and character all the more. Enjoyable all around.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill STATEN ISLAND, NY, United States 03-22-12
    Bill STATEN ISLAND, NY, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well done, DVD"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a light, breezy book in line with the author's own entertaining style. It is made more pleasant by the author reading it himself. What has made Dick Van Dyke such a likeable person is his self-effacement. He really seems to believe that luck rather than talent is the reason for his success. Certainly he was fortunate to team up with Carl Reiner but, viewing his work, one can say that Carl was as fortunate to find him. Surprising was his strong spiritual sense and sincere moral convictions. Unfortunate, in my opinion, was the lack of development in this area. The shallow soil of Tinseltown does seem to make it difficult for genuine spiritual growth. While he occasionally alludes to the demons with which he has dealt, he does not go into details. And that is just as well. Stories of the fall and redemption of celebrities are as boring as they are predictable. In this work one is impressed by the fact that, for the most part, the author has managed to keep these demons at bay. That he has also managed to survive as a genuinely good person in this narcissistic culture is itself impressive. There is hope yet for Hollywood.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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