Dick Van Dyke Book

Dick Van Dyke Book: Of All His Roles, He Says “Author” Takes the Cake

 

Accomplished as an actor, singer and dancer, Dick Van Dyke addressed the Council of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles as “guest author” Oct. 13 at the Bel-Air Country Club. The Dick Van Dyke book is “My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir.”

“Of all the roles I’ve had, this one takes the cake,” he said, revealing that he never intended to write a book. He said he always thought people who talked about themselves were vain, but then when he started telling his life story, “I couldn’t shut up,” he said.

Recounting his career highlights, Van Dyke said he learned his craft as he got jobs, snagging a starring role in “Bye Bye Birdie” after auditioning with a simple soft shoe routine. “And I won a Tony – an amateur,” he said, the surprise apparent in his voice.

At nearly 86, Van Dyke still sings and dances, as he demonstrated when one of the lunch guests, Richard Sherman, played a tune on the piano. (Sherman composed the scores to “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”) Van Dyke sang along and then ended his number with a high-step.

Council Board president Sharon Rising, Literary Feasts chair Betsy Applebaum and Library Foundation president Ken Brecher were on hand to introduce Van Dyke to the group; Audrey Johnson and Christine Splichal were the day’s hostesses. Following lunch, guests lined up for signed copies of the Dick Van Dyke book.

Photo, top: Dick Van Dyke with Betsy Applebaum, left, and Sharon Rising, right.

 

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Dick Van Dyke Book

Published Oct. 22, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA