My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business
Dick Van Dyke
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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 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
When I first started reading this book I realized it wasn't going to be a biography based on "Hollywood dirt" and for that I thank Dick Van Dyck. The stories he tells about his life make you feel like you are reading about a good friend who has morals, is caring, loving, and so very funny. A good guy who deserves our respect for his many years of making us laugh. Dick Van Dyck is truly a class act.
My life in and out of show business
I have never sent a note on any book I have read. This book was wonderful. Amazing man, amazing life, thanks for the memories Dick!!
Good back about a classic character
Nicely done book about one of the most captivating personalities of family films and tv. The most fascinating part to me was the connection drawn between the world of actors we grew up knowing and loving and those from previous eras. He dealt with his marital infidelity in a very honest and straightforward way, although I guess I was hoping for a Disney type story of a lifetime together with his soulmate.
Altogether, I went into the book with high expectations and was not disappointed.
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: May 03, 2011
- Publisher: Crown/Archetype
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English