Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book Lover's Diary: Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business


A Memoir

Foreword by Carl Reiner

I'd say 6 out of 10? Depends on what you're looking for. I love Dick Van Dyke, despite his having what might be the worst name in the world if you think about it? (Don't.) Very easy to read. Traces how one thing led to another, and how timing and persistence helped him score early. A comedian and song-and-dance guy if needed, but also was on Diagnosis: Murder for TEN YEARS. Fun reading to see how this contact and that one and this play and that act and all like that sort of lined up for him, and how he got past his failures.

My goal now is to see "Mary Poppins" again, one of the great all-time pieces of cinematic entertainment.

OK! Onward ...