Monday, August 15, 2011

My lucky life in and out of show business by Dick Van Dyke

What do "Mary Poppins", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Bye Bye Birdie," and "Diagnosis Murder " all have in common? Well, Dick Van Dyke of course. For those of us who grew up watching the Dick Van Dyke show with Dick, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, and many more actors, this book is like a walk down memory lane. For those of you now watching the Dick Van Dyke show in reruns on TV land sit back and enjoy!

This book starts at the beginning of Dick's life; at home growing up with his parents, attending school, going into the military and then marrying his sweetheart Marjorie. It continues with his struggles to make it in show business. Moving back and forth across the country taking jobs which will pay the rent and support his growing family. He describes his love of comedy and his conviction to play a role that his family would be able to see. Slowly you see his acting career taking off, providing more and more opportunities to work not only television, but movies and plays as well. He details the end of his marriage, his problem with alcoholism, his four children who are now starting families of their own, and the new love of his life, Michelle Triola.

For those of you interested, Dick Van Dyke narrates the story in the audio book, which I highly recommend! Take that little walk down memory lane, enjoy the story and the laughs! You won't be sorry!

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