Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business
As a child I saw the Dick Van Dyke show a few times and thought it was pretty funny. I always admired Dick Van Dyck’s talent over the years. It wasn’t until my daughter was about two, that I got the video of Mary Poppins. Then I realized what a marvel he really is! That movie is a classic and his singing, dancing and acting were phenomenal.
I finished his new book Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business in two days. It was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for many reasons. He starts in the beginning explaining that if the reader is looking for dirt on all of his costars to stop reading. He does talk about things that happened when he filmed most of his shows and movies. The details about his relationships with Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore are just as lovely on screen as off. As a fan, I was happy to hear it. He gives credit to all who helped him on the way, especially the gifted entertainer Carl Reiner. Van Dyck comments on his foibles and others around him though not in salacious manner. Some things that happened are pretty surprising and shocking, especially the antics of some directors and actresses Cloris Leachman and Maureen Stapleton. He is honest about himself that he is not perfect and is very humble about his wonderful talent.
He tells about his mostly happy upbringing and how he fell into entertaining at a very young age. He married his hometown sweetheart and maintained a very stable happy marriage for a large part of his life. He is a father of four children and dedicates this book to them. With all that he has accomplished, his children shine though as a great part of his happiness.
Van Dyck makes no excuses for his life, admitting to struggles with alcohol, cigarettes and the end of his marriage. He acknowledges that he has worked hard and loved every minute. He knows that he has had many amazing experiences with Hollywood’s brightest. This is a story that reads like a lovely conversation with one of entertainment’s greatest. A time before the Internet, there was this little thing called T.V. with Van Dyck leading the way.