My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business

My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business

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by Dick Van Dyke

ISBN-10: 0307592235

ISBN-13: 2900307592230

Pub. Date: 05/03/2011

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

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

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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.

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My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
EllenR54 More than 1 year ago
You won't be disappointed. I was so glad to read that Dick Van Dyke is as nice as I always thought he was. What a decent and kind human being. I couldn't stop reading it and wish it was longer.
Reisman More than 1 year ago
Dick Van Dyke's autobiography is a pleasure to read! It's one of the few celebrity books that isn't boring and is a real page turner! I didn't want it to end! He is so humble and considers all of his success just "luck". Also, besides telling great stories about his remarkable career, he also shares his personal life, including his fears and insecurities! I really enjoyed reading his struggle with the mysteries of life as I often think the very same things! I really identified with him. He is a really likeable person and this is a really fun book to read!!
Strutzie More than 1 year ago
I grew watching reruns of the Dick Van Dyke show. I rarely have read pop culture bios as usually I stick to history and such. But I have always admired Dick Van Dyke and thought this sounded interesting. I couldn't stop reading it. What a delightful person who lived a rich life. Highly recommend this well written auto biography. If you like Rob Petry you'll like this book!
Mshall More than 1 year ago
I love this book and wish there were 200 more pages.Mr Van Dyke is as talented a writer as he is a performer.
mary beth pilcher More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of Dick Van Dyke ever since i was younger. He always made me laugh. As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. The way his life and career were described made me realize how lucky we are that someone took a chance with an unknown funny man. This is a tale of honest struggles that many people can relate to on many levels. Congratulations Dick Van Dyke on a wonderful career and on many more things to come.
Mitci More than 1 year ago
I found Dick Van Dyke's book to be a wonderful, truthful, and highly entertaining book. I loved hearing all the inside stories from his career in show business. Mary Poppins was a favorite and is timeless. I will admit to being disappointed to learn the reasons behind the break up of his marriage. His battles with alcohol and cigarettes were dealt with honestly and I admire his courage in telling it like was. Anyone who has enjoyed Dick Van Dyke's tv series, movies, and stage performances will find this a great read!
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Oh, how I love Dick Van Dyke! This audio version of his book is superb, as it is narrated by the man himself. It is an honest look at the ups and downs (and there were more than a couple downs) of his life, from growing up in the rural Midwest and learning he was born out of wedlock to his rise as a performer. He tells of his struggles iwth alcohol and his attraction to a woman other than his wife, which ultimately led to a divorce from the mother of his four children. The sneaking around aspect of the affair was not in keeping with the numerous occasions that DVD mentions he only did shows which his children could watch--a bit hypocritical but then by the time of the affair, his youngest child was in high school. This 85-year-old performer has lots of stories to tell about the hard times tyring to get (and keep) jobs. The joys of fatherhood and the loss of the two women in his adult life are also chronicled. Next up for Dick Van Dyke--more performing. Next up for me--wathing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang again!
SarasFoxy More than 1 year ago
I absolutely cherished every page of this book! I have loved Dick van Dyke all through my childhood and just as much now that I'm grown. He was brilliant as Rob Petrie, and I adored Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins (How could you not?), so it was awe inspiring to hear, in his own words, his background, and how he went through such hard times and such great times, and what went on behind the scenes. He kept such a bright outlook through it all- and never gave up on his dreams. Great book by a brilliant actor!
Anthony See More than 1 year ago
Quite enjoyable and entertaining. LOVED all of the show business stories! Van Dyke seems like someone you'd want to be friends with - just an all-around, funny nice guy.
CagedBirdSings More than 1 year ago
Mr. Van Dyke's insight on life was refreshing and comforting. I like how he started off the book by saying, if you're looking for scandal you won't find it here. Although I didn't know most of the people he mentioned in his book (primarily because of my age), his story was very insightful. I like his views on equality, life, and love.
LucySkyDiamonds More than 1 year ago
I've loved Dick Van Dyke since I was a little thing watching Mary Poppins for the first time. He is truly a remarkable person and a man to be admired. I greatly enjoyed reading his book. It is fun, funny, and very touching. Van Dyke's voice comes through and it's like he's sitting in the room with you telling the story. I can't wait to see what Dick Van Dyke does next!
SL69 More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I can not put it down. When i went to read the sample it only took about 5 pages in and I bought the book. Of course I have always like Dick Van Dyke so it was an easy choice.
TiredofGarbage More than 1 year ago
Excellent, really captures Mr. Van Dyke's voice. You learn that he does amazing charity work, including singing at hospitals and benefits. A real treat to read too. Do yourself a super favor and buy this book - if you loved Mary Poppins, Chitty and of course the TV show, then you just cannot miss this book. Thank you sir, you are a real treasure.
nookreaderCH More than 1 year ago
I have always liked Dick Van Dyke on tv and in the movies. I couldn't put this story down. He comes across as very humble. He wanted to play characters that he could be proud of to watch with his family and he stuck with that desire in spite of being encouraged to try more adult roles. I am lucky that he has shared his story. I loved his quote about growing older being a precious gift given only to some lucky human beings.
Adolphine More than 1 year ago
The simplicity and unpretentious tone of the book, makes it an easy read and also make the accounts written in its pages believable. The stories demonstrate how one can be true to oneself by embracing frailities and pursuing what one loves.
pfmdesigner More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Dick Van Dyke so I approached this book with both fear and anticipation. Too often autobiographies introduce a person who does not stand up to the fantasy created by movie and televisioin roles and careful publicists. Yes there were things that were hard to reconcile with the happy-go-lucky Bert, or unfailingly "right" Caractacus Potts. But these very human struggles and triumphs are what make Dick Van Dyke exactly the same as, and profoundly more than, all of his most famous roles. I have no complaints about this book, but I will allow myself a small whine. It was too short. Every chapter could have been expanded into a full book of its own, as far as I am concerned. Do not read this if you're hoping for backstage scandal or biting tattles on co-stars. Mr. Van Dyke is a gentleman who opens his own life to the reader but leaves other people to tell their own stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me about six hour to read this book on my nook. I could not put it down. I absolutely loved the book. It brought back so many memories from when I was growing up and watched The Dick Van Dyke show. He was and is a very talented man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a young adult reader, all I really knew of Van Dyke before this book were his roles in Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I am so pleased to read accounts from such an honest and genuine man who has seen all aspects of show biz, and still continues to stay true to himself. As an aspiring performer myself, I look up to his outlook on upholding integrity as an artist. He is truly inspirational. Worth every penny and every hour spent reading!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up adoring Dick Van Dyke for his numerous roles, especially Bert in Mary Poppins. He is bursting with talent and it was always so aparent in anything he did. He always seemed to be so genuine, down to earth and likeable. After reading this book, all of that is true 10 fold. He truly is a delightful American treasure. This book was written in a very personal and heartwarming manner. Worth the purchase!
Briona Nichols More than 1 year ago
I love him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved watching his old re-runs as a kid and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Emmare More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to see how many readers thought this was a great book. I was quite disappointed. The first half was quite interesting but the second half droned on and on. I guess I was also disappointed after reading about Van Dyke's affair. I suppose I put him on a pedestal that no one should be placed on (let alone someone from Hollywood!). It's a matter of taste, but I was not wild about this book.
Heather1027 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Dick Van Dyke has been a favorite of mine for a long time. He truly comes across as a nice, down to earth man who never compromised his ideals and values for the sake of making money. His honesty is refreshing and it was an all around great read. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not horrid but not very interesting. More like a series of vignettes that never quite fully form on the page. Just when you think it is going to start getting better he either abruptly moves to a new topic or it simply falls flat. It was originally recommended for my mother who is of the same generation but she lost interest early on so I decided to give it a whirl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago