One of the greatest entertainers of his generation, Van Dyke's talents range from TV (the beloved "Dick Van Dyke Show") to film ("Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang") to the stage. Here, in his first memoir, Van Dyke reveals he still thinks of himself as a simple song and dance man, but one who is, in every sense of the word, a classic ...
One of the greatest entertainers of his generation, Van Dyke's talents range from TV (the beloved "Dick Van Dyke Show") to film ("Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang") to the stage. Here, in his first memoir, Van Dyke reveals he still thinks of himself as a simple song and dance man, but one who is, in every sense of the word, a classic entertainer.
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I love Dick Van Dyke! I feel privileged to know more about his life. I am glad he wrote the book!
Jul 9, 2011
Wonderful book about Mr. Van Dykes life and what help make him. I have always been a huge fan, and reading his story made me go back with him through a time when things were just as hard, but everyone dealt with things better & in a more positive way.. or maybe that was just Mr. Van Dykes way. Thanks to Mr. Van Dyke for being a part of our family then & now. Can't wait to see what is next. God bless Dick.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-02-28 In this intimate, honest memoir by TV's favorite Mr. Nice Guy, good husband, and loving father, we discover that though his persona was not an act, Van Dyke battled alcohol addiction and left a long-term marriage while struggling to maintain his image as a man of principle and values. Growing up in the Midwest, healthy and happy, Van Dyke founds his niche early with radio, then as a nightclub comedian in L.A. With no acting or dance or music training, he landed a role in Broadway's Bye Bye, Birdie and later on in the film (he provides some fun stories about Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, and Maureen Stapleton). It was Carl Reiner who made him a household name with The Dick Van Dyke Show-which was based on reality, with many scenarios from the actors' actual lives. Along the road to success with such films as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins, Van Dyke discusses his social drinking as a problem, and treatment, which he ultimately revealed at a D.C. press conference with other high-profile recovering alcoholics. He reminds us there are happy clowns and sad clowns: "The public saw a smiling, nimble-footed performer while my family and friends were served up a more contemplative loner, a man who many said was hard to know." (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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