My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

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Crown Archetype, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 287 pages
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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 DykeShow(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, includingMary PoppinsandChitty 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 wordsupercalifragilisticexpialidocious?
           
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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User Review  - SandSing7 - LibraryThing

I now like Dick Van Dyke less than I did before. This book read like a resume instead of a memoir - catalogues of people and movies and places with only the slightest, surface commentary. Through his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Kataline - Goodreads

I've always liked Dick Van Dyke. Few haven't. It's a disappointment when a memoir results in my liking the subject so much less. Van Dyke did indeed have a "lucky life." He was for the most part ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
PART
6
Step in Time
7
The Yawn Patrol
15
Special Services
23
The Merry Mutes
28
Live on the Air
40
A SevenYear Contract
47
Seeing Stars
130
Upsets and Goodbyes
141
Never a Dull Moment
153
Some Kind of Nut
165
The New Dick Van Dyke
174
The Morning After
183
Sailing Away
195
Another Fine Mess
203

Laugh Lines
55
Bye Bye Birdie
62
Rob and Laura Petrie
71
1o Showtime
81
Canceled
92
Business as Usual
99
PARTTVO
108
A _olly Holiday
110
Family Values
120
Divorce American Style
212
Emvazema
223
2 Strong Medicine
231
The Old Man and the TV 241
240
Diagnosis Fun
250
Curtain Calls
260
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
275
lNSERTPHOTOGRAPH Cnenrrs 277
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DICK VAN DYKE
was born in West Plains, Missouri, in 1925. He is an internationally recognized and accomplished performer, and has been a recipient of the Theatre World Award, a Tony, a Grammy, and four Emmy awards. He lives in California.


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