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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dick Van Dyke

Narrated By: Dick Van Dyke

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2011

Duration: 7 hours 42 minutes

Summary:

A heartfelt memoir from one of Hollywood's greatest icons

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.
           
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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  • Shelly

    I completely agree with the previous reviewer. If you're looking for juicy Hollywood gossip - this isn't for you. However, there is some insight into his family and career that's worth the read. Coincidentally, I'm writing this review on a day when Van Dyke was found dazed in his car in California, and pulled out to safety just before the car burst into flames, so the title of this book remains accurate.

  • Anonymous

    At first, I was very dissapointed with this book. I have always loved Dick VanDyke and grew up loving Mary Poppins and all that, but the book sounded like a Disney movie, all full of sugar and a very little (mild) spice where everything turns out super nice. Everyone he ever worked with was super and professional and even bad days end with smiles. However, as the book progressed, there was some discussion of unpleasant issues that the author faced, at least later in his life. Its an interesting listen, but not so deep.

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