Just finished Dick Van Dyke’s Memoir – what a read!

Sadly, I just finished reading Dick Van Dyke‘s memoir, “My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business“.  Sad not because it was a bad read, but because it was over.  I just so enjoyed his stories.

I’ve loved Dick Van Dyke for as long as I can remember.  Watching reruns of The Dick Van Dyke show growing up and of course Mary Poppins plus Chitty Chitty Bang and numerous other guest spots, movies and specials.

Mary Poppins

The Dick Van Dyke Show

This book has Mr. Van Dyke reflecting back on his life and the people he met along the way.   Plus the interesting characters he worked with and stories about his life and family outside of show business. Starting back in Danville, Illinois growing up with his brother Jerry, joining the Air Force and his foray into entertaining after some unsuccessful try’s at things like selling shoes.

Mr. Van Dyke has worked all over the US on stage, all different kinds of them, on the big screen and of course on the small screen.  Plus years on radio and in clubs.   He was lucky enough to find love with two wonderful women, not at the same time, but at the right times for both.  Plus he had 4 lovely children and now multiple grand children and great children.

Most of us fans know a lot about what Dick Van Dyke starred in over the years, but it’s the memories that he shares with us and the stories of the people he met that truly make this book a treasure.

Mr Carl Reiner, a man who changed Dick Van Dyke’s life, does a lovely opening to the book.  I guess that Mr. Van Dyke did the same for him years ago.  They are both so appreciative of the role that each other played in the other’s life.

I won’t go on too much about this book, as I think you should read it.  If you are a fan or just want to hear about what life was like as times changed over the years in show business, as told by a true super star, professional entertainer and all round great man, this is the book for you.

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