Not the most insightful memoir, but certainly an enjoyable look at a TV and movie icon's life. In My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir Van Dyke states that the reader is not going to find any dirt in his book, and indeed the only person he casts any shadow on is himself, as he talks about the disintegration of his marriage. Baby boomers and nostalgia buffs will appreciate his fond remembrances of Dick Van Dyke Show co-stars Mary Tyler Moore and Carl Reiner, while Disney fans will enjoy the retelling of the labor that went into the Mary Poppins "Step in Time" and "Chim Chim Cheree" song and dance numbers and the film wizardry that allowed him to also play the role of Mr. Dawes, Sr., who was the demanding boss of Jane and Michael Banks' father. The closing portion of the book talks about the nearly 25 years he spent, after his divorce, with Michelle Triola, known for filing the legal landmark "palimony" suit against Lee Marvin. Later roles, such as "Dr. Mark Sloan" on Diagnosis: Murder are painted against that backdrop. Photographs illustrate his life and roles along the way. None of his anecdotes go into too much depth, but like a TV sitcom, the book is a quick read that leaves fans in a pleasant, not-overly-full state at the end.
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