Dick Van Dyke for Dinner

When my father, Jeff Corey, worked privately with someone (most often on a movie role) if their session ran late into the evening, he invariably invited them to stay for dinner. My mother was always gracious about it. One auspicious night (at least for me) I was home from college and dad was working with Dick Van Dyke on his starring role In “The Morning After.” I was setting the table when out of nowhere, dad and Dick suddenly filled the room. Dick’s smile was infectious.

Dick had a wonderful physicality, which he used with great charm as Bert in “Mary Poppins” and in his own TV series, “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” He was a lanky 6’1” and had a body that moved through space like a rubber band. That night at dinner, I just remember his feet and legs not quite knowing where to go. Just sitting still at the dinner table, weaving his body into a pretzel, he could make you laugh out loud.

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