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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

Critic Reviews

“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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  • super_Dad
  • Grand Rapids, MN, United States
  • 12-19-16

Fun from start to end

I really enjoyed it. Felt like I was sitting with him and him sharing his story. What a fun job his life had been, and we are all blessed by it.

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Fantastic inside look at incredible performer

This book is a fantastic tale that has the potential to be one of the best autobiographies of all time. It may not be salacious, but that doesn't stop it from being incredibly entertaining. It's also a real treat to have it read to you by the incredibly gifted Dick Van Dyke. Very worthwhile for any fan of Van Dyke.

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An icon of American family entertainment

Loved it thoroughly! Dick Van Dyke is at the top of my "T want to meet:" list.

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Great summary of the life of a great man

Life story as told by Dick Van Dyke is funny, informative and overall reinforces the good outlook of a great man.

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Dick's narration brings the story to life.

What made the experience of listening to My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business the most enjoyable?

The narration by Dick Van Dyke made this story come alive and you feel the story.

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

His memories of the Dick Van Dyke show.

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

No.

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

Luck is another name for talent.

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Dick does glass over the negative parts of his life. As he points out, there is not dirt in this book. Almost everyone is happy and soooooo wonderful.

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Warm, honest, funny! Worth a credit!

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.

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Disappointing

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.

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A fun and interesting listen

What made the experience of listening to My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business the most enjoyable?

The author also did the narration.

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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.

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Love this Man!

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!

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Wonderful listen!

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.