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

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Crown Archetype, 2011 - 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  - akmargie - LibraryThing

I've had a soft spot for Dick Van Dyke since I first saw Mary Poppins and watched Diagnosis: Murder with my grandpa. This was a fun and heart felt memoir. I appreciated his honesty and that he's not afraid to be the curmudgeonly old guy now. He did a good job narrating too. Read full review

Contents

PART
5
The Yawn Patrol
21
I3 A Jolly Holiday
110
I4 Family Values
120
I5 Seeing Stars
131
Upsets and Goodbyes
143
PART
151
Never a Dull Moment
153
Another Fine Mess
205
Divorce American Style 2i 2
215
Emvazema
223
Strong Medicine
231
PART FOUR
239
The Old Man and the TV
241
Diagnosis Fun
251
Curtain Calls
260

Some Kind of Nut
165
The New Dick Van Dyke
175
The Morning After
183
PART THREE
193
Sailing Away
195
ACKNow LEDGMENTS
275
INSERT PHoToGRAPH CREDITs
277
INDEx
279
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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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