Dick Van Dyke shares the secrets of his eternal youthfulness in his new book, Keep Moving: and Other Tips and Truths About Aging (on sale Oct. 13). In this exclusive excerpt, he reminisces about two of his favorite leading ladies...
At 87, I received a Life Achievement Award. It was presented to me at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards gala. Carl Reiner was supposed to introduce me, but he came down with the flu, and Alec Baldwin stepped in.
Dick and Mary in January 2012. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I’ve been borrowing from Dick every time I step in front of the camera," he said. I doubt it, but it was a nice thing to say, and that’s what you do at that those type of events. You say nice things. I know, because I introduced Julie Andrews when she received her Life Achievement Award, and a few years later, I introduced my friend and TV wife, Mary Tyler Moore; and on both occasions I said very nice things.
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Of course, in the cases of both Julie and Mary, they were well-deserved. There is not a bad word to say about either one of those women. As for me, I barely knew what to say when I stepped onstage to accept my award in 2013.
Dick and Julie in March 2012. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
I looked out at the audience and saw George Clooney, Bryan Cranston and Daniel Day-Lewis, among dozens of other stars, giving me a standing ovation, and it threw off my concentration. “Thank you, Mr. Lincoln,” I said. “Such a thrill. That does an old man a lot of good.”
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