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

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Read My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business Online Free - 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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Title : My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business
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ISBN : 0307592235
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 287 pages


Erin rated it ★★★★★

April 02, 2016

I had every intention of writing my review the minute I finished this book, but it didn’t happen. In point of fact I put it aside, picking up my daughter and withdrew to the living where we turned on Mary Poppins. Watching her giggle and bounce to the music warmed my heart, but the insight offere...

Cara rated it ★★★☆☆

August 25, 2016

As a rule I usually do not read memoirs because in reality not all famous people are good writers. But I wanted to make an exception here because as a kid I loved watching the Dick Van Dyke show and Mary Poppins. Well... I may not change my opinion on memoirs anytime soon. Van Dyke writes the book...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

February 28, 2016

I've always liked & admired Dick Van Dyke. He's never been part of the Hollywood drama, always seemed like a genuine person, & has been a fixture on TV my entire life. He's also a great comedian, a great dancer, & a fun singer, so I really looked forward to this autobiography. There w...

V. rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 17, 2011

Dick Van Dyke's celebrity memoir, spanning his career of sixty years, goes down like mayonnaise on white bread--unobjectionable, but hardly interesting. Everything passes by without much impact or examination. His work on the groundbreaking The Dick Van Dyke Show was fun. Mary Tyler Moore was a s...

Steve rated it ★★★☆☆

January 24, 2015

Dick Van Dyke is one of my favorite actors, but the book was sort of "meh". He was a trailblazer in show business, in radio, TV, and movies, but this book just wasn't hitting it. In an early part of the book, he describe a time he was performing for the Hollywood elite (which included Lucille Bal...

Mike (the Paladin) rated it ★★★★☆

June 10, 2014

I sent for this book right after I read Tim Conway's bio. While I enjoyed that book more this is a good book. There are some chuckles here but there is also a serious story of Dick Van Dyke's life in show business. I knew before I picked this up that he'd had a struggle with alcohol so it wasn't...

Wendy rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 21, 2015

Dick Van Dyke is, in some ways, just an overgrown kid from Illinois. He has a very Midwestern outlook on some things. That's the part of him we all know and love. Bert--Caractacus--Rob Petrie--that's the Dick Van Dyke you expect when you pick up this book, because that's the Dick Van Dyke who mad...

Natalie rated it ★★★★☆

June 03, 2011

I always loved Dick van Dyke and now even more. This book is an autobiography written by a humble, talented, humorous and sweet human being. Its honest, insightful and funny. As so many entertainers/artists/actors, he was torn between his self-perception and his public image. Witch he desperately t...

Jon rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2011

I barely read any non-fiction (outside of the technical writing found in information technology reference guides) in any given year. When I do branch out away from fiction, I prefer to read a biography, autobiography or memoir, or a history book, usually on a particular brief period. I breezed th...

Versel rated it ★★★★★

July 22, 2012

Van Dyke warns the reader in the first pages that if they are looking for scandals to look elsewhere. While including his now well documented alcoholism and his divorce, this is not a salacious tell all filled with backstage backstabbing. In fact, though he does cover his childhood and family li...

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