Title: My Lucky Life In and Out of Showbusiness by Dick Van Dyke
Author: Dick Van Dyke
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Length: 287 pages
This is quite simply one of my favorite autobiographies and one that I highly recommend to fans of Classic Hollywood. Dick Van Dyke shares his tales in showbusiness with a voice that is extremely conversational and makes you feel like you've known him forever. He doesn't give the dirty lo-down on the biz, which will disappoint people who only want the scoop...but Dick's tone is frank and honest, you know he's pulling no punches about his experiences. The most refreshing part of this book was that this autobiography was written by a man who has accomplished so much in Hollywood. It's not a quick-famous celebrity who immediately scored a book deal (are we tired of those yet?). Dick Van Dyke gives numerous insight into the world of Classic Hollywood, and he gets very honest about his row with alcoholism. In an interview on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to promote the book, Dick mentioned that he was originally going to name it "Well Everyone Else Has One"... That title, as Ferguson, pointed out would have probably been a little shocking and too sarcastic for a star who is so charming and charismatic. And, I agree! His book is about how luck seemed to be on his side for most of his life, and I will say, after reading this book, I felt lucky having read it! :D
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