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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

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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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    Anonymous 09-20-17
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    "An admirer "

    This makes me adore and admire Dick Van Dyke even more than I already did. Listening to him share his stories I could picture everyone of them. Thankful he stood for good, wholesome, hilarious family entertainment! Dick Van Dyke is loved in my home!

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    Dexter georgia 08-18-17
    Dexter georgia 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I love this man"

    What a great book, full of behind the scenes of his shoes and the friends he has made in his lucky life! I love his honesty about his drinking problems. A great book for any one who ever watched his shows. he's a really nice guy!!

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    ftmgal 07-26-17
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    "Really Interesting and Engaging"

    I generally enjoy biographies and memoirs but this was really a pleasant surprise because it was so well written. Van Dyke's life story was very human, very spiritual (without being preachy), and warm.

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    Telitha Anderson 04-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What memories"

    What a trip down memory lane. I'd think we were done and there'd be more show fun that I'd forgotten. Raucous fun.

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    CA via NJ girl CA 02-05-17
    CA via NJ girl CA 02-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What a Fantastic Read"

    Loved hearing about the life of this truly kind and talented man. Thanks for the laughter Mr. Van Dyke.

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    super_Dad Grand Rapids, MN, United States 12-19-16
    super_Dad Grand Rapids, MN, United States 12-19-16
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    "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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    Domenik Davis 10-24-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Steve-B 10-13-16
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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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    Amazon Customer 10-04-16
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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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    Gary 09-22-16
    Gary 09-22-16
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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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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