Synopses & Reviews
Beloved Hollywood icon Dick Van Dyke will celebrate his 90th birthday in December 2015. Hes an established legend, having starred in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,
and The Dick Van Dyke Show
. And yet hes still keeping himself busy, entertaining America on television, movies, the stage, and social media. Everyone wonders, How does he do it?” For the first time, Van Dyke will share his secrets and tips on old age: Just keep moving.
In a fun and folksy way of addressing readers, Keep Moving will serve as an instruction book on how to embrace old age with a positive attitude. The chapters are filled with exclusive personal anecdotes that explore various themes on aging: how to adapt to the physical and social changes, deal with loss of friends and loved ones, stay current, fall in love again, and keep moving” every day like theres no tomorrow.
Praise for Dick Van Dykes My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business
In my opinion, Luck has little to do with Dick Van Dykes life. It is, rather, his innate kindness and talent that have had an extraordinary effect in shaping the man. And what a fascinating self-portrait hes given us in this book.”
Mary Tyler Moore
From the time I worked with Dick on the movie Bye Bye Birdie, I have admired his many talents, not the least of which is the joy and enthusiasm he shares with audiences. Im a big fan of his... and his book.”
Van Dyke tells a wonderful story about himself and his times. And in an often surprisingly relevant manner our times. Weve always liked the performer its hard not to like Dick Van Dyke but this will make you admire him.”
Show-business legend Dick Van Dyke is living proof that life does get better the longer you live it. Who better to offer instruction, advice, and humor than someone who s entering his ninth decade with a jaunty two-step? Van Dyke isn t just a born song-and-dance man; his irrepressible belief in embracing the moment and unleashing his inner child has proved to be the ultimate elixir of youth. When he was injured during the filming of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, his doctor warned him he d be using a walker within seven years, but Dick performed a soft shoe right there and never looked back.
In Keep Moving, Dick Van Dyke offers his own playful anecdotes and advice, as well as insights from his brother, actor Jerry Van Dyke; his friend and creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Carl Reiner; and other spirited friends and family. Whether he s describing the pleasure he takes in his habitual visits to the grocery store; how he met his late-in-life-love Arlene; or how he sprung back, livelier than ever, from a near-death experience, Dick s optimistic outlook is an invigorating tonic for anyone who needs a reminder that life should be lived with enthusiasm despite what the calendar says.
You don t have to act your age. You don t even have to feel it. And if it does attempt to elbow its way into your life, you do not have to pay attention. If I am out shopping and hear music playing in a store, I start to dance. If I want to sing, I sing. I read books and get excited about new ideas. I enjoy myself. I don t think about the way I am supposed to act at my age or at any age. As far as I know, there is no manual for old age. There is no test you have to pass. There is no way you have to behave. There is no such thing as age appropriate.
When people ask my secret to staying youthful at an age when getting up and down from your chair on your own is considered an accomplishment, you know what I tell them?
Dick Van Dyke
About the Author
Dick Van Dyke
is a Hollywood icon and New York Times
bestselling author of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business
. He has received the Theatre World Award, a Tony, a Grammy, and four Emmy awards, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2013. He lives in California.
Todd Gold is a New York Times best-selling author who has collaborated on several dozen books with celebrities including Dick Van Dyke, Belinda Carlisle, Maureen McCormick, Drew Barrymore, and Sonny Bono, among others. He is currently the Executive Editor of XFINITY TV.