My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke

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8 Critic Reviews

...the book pops to life when Van Dyke remembers a sharp on-set or backstage anecdote.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Dick Van Dyke

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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.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by Crown Archetype. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Book Reporter

Below average
on Aug 12 2011

One shortcoming is the lack of information about his own family. There’s little mention of his childhood, his parents, or his brother, Jerry.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Michaelangelo Matos on Jun 09 2011

These are the half-hearted musings of a famous man unwilling or unable to dig very deeply into his life.

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AV Club

Excellent
on Jun 09 2011

...the book pops to life when Van Dyke remembers a sharp on-set or backstage anecdote.

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LA Times

Good
on May 09 2011

...the memoir is engaging, not unlike a long, meandering chat with an older Rob Petrie, one imagines.

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Oregon Live

Good
on Jun 10 2011

His memoir is not all sunshine and stories about the making of "Mary Poppins" -- he is honest about his alcoholism and his infidelities, but the tone is upbeat and the feeling is warm.

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Journal Sentinel

Good
on May 03 2011

...Van Dyke makes it feel like he’s an old friend sharing a confidence. If there aren’t more of them, the ones he brings along will do just fine.

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USA Today

Above average
on Apr 27 2011

Van Dyke provides a connection to an even-older Hollywood.

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AARP

Good
on May 10 2011

In his winningly candid new memoir, My Lucky Life in and out of Show Business, Van Dyke presents his Reinerian tutelage as one of the best moves he made on his zigzag road to comedic mastery.

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