My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business

  • by Dick Van Dyke
  • Narrated by Dick Van Dyke
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 listener, 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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What the Critics Say

“In my opinion, 'Luck’ has little to do with Dick Van Dyke’s life. It is, rather, his innate kindness and talent that have had an extraordinary effect in shaping the man. And what a fascinating self-portrait he’s given us in this book.” (Mary Tyler Moore)
“From the time I worked with Dick on the movie Bye Bye Birdie, I have admired his many talents, not the least of which is the joy and enthusiasm he shares with audiences. I’m a big fan of his... and his book.” (Ann-Margret)

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You gotta Love Dick Van Dyke

Would you consider the audio edition of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business to be better than the print version?

No. Although his voice has lessened with age, hearing Dick Van Dyke tell his story brings his unique gift to the listener


What was one of the most memorable moments of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

Portions of his life we of a certain age, all shared...Bye, By Birdie, his television experiences, and of course, Mary Poppins...


Have you listened to any of Dick Van Dyke’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Unfortunately we all must age and at 85 years old, age has taken its toll on Dick's clarity. Still I wish I had his sparkle and energy when I reach 85


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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- Jay

Still Inspires Me and Funny.

I love this book, my wife told me about this book and I got hooked from his first story. It is a fast listen and hearing Mr Van Dyke tell his own story is worth it. I can't imagine any other narrator telling his story. I have been a fan sense The Dick Van Dyke show and a big Mary Poppins fan. He is a big inspiration in my life as for I am a family comedy performer.
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio