My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business

by Dick Van Dyke
Audio Edition Read April 10, 2013

Original Release Date: May 3, 2011

Official Description:

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 Poppinsand 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 reader, 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.

My Take:

Alright I grew up watching old Re-Runs of the Dick Van Dyke show, I loved Mary Poppins and we watched Diagnosis Murder religiously, my parents couldn’t get enough. So of course I wanted to pick up the book, but why stop there? Why not have the author read the book to you, that way they’re kind of telling you their story, with all the inflection that’s meant to be there and what not. It was an interesting read, yes I don’t care about finding dirt on actors, who wants that image spoiled? I just enjoyed the amazing journey that Mr. Van Dyke went through to get where he was, and it was an interesting journey. Though the journey was interesting, and the stories were great, I just found myself a little disinterested after awhile, I don’t know why though. I think any fan of Dick Van Dyke’s will thoroughly enjoy hearing the struggles, the happy moments and some sad of the amazing journey in the life of Dick Van Dyke.

Quote:

“I didn’t know the answers, but I could feel that the things that gave life meaning came from a place within and from the nurturing of values like tolerance, charity, and community.”

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