Dick Van Dyke, 96, reflects on his marriage to Arlene Silver, 50: ‘We share an attitude’


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Autoplay Arlene Silver wasn’t expecting to find love when she first met Dick Van Dyke .

It was 2007 when the actor attended the Screen Actors Guild Awards to present his former co-star Julie Andrews with a Lifetime Achievement Award. That evening he started chatting with the makeup artist as she powdered his nose.

"He said, ‘Hi, I’m Dick,’" Silver recently recalled to Closer Weekly. "The first thing I asked him was, ‘Weren’t you in ‘Mary Poppins?’ We got along immediately as friends, so it didn’t feel like he was so much older than me."

According to the outlet, the 96-year-old previously had two long relationships that lasted over 30 years. As a romance blossomed between the pair, Van Dyke was worried that the public would object to their age gap.

DICK VAN DYKE HELPED THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE IN A SURPRISING WAY Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver first met in 2007. "I thought there would be an outcry about a gold digger marrying an old man," he admitted. "But no one ever took that attitude."

The 46-year age gap didn’t stop them. Six years after meeting, they said "I do" in 2012."We share an attitude," he told the outlet about their relationship. "She can go with the flow. She loves to sing and dance, which we do almost every day. She’s just delightful."Silver said life with Van Dyke is blissful. Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver married in 2012. "He is the most perfect human being," she said. "I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill."Dyke was married to Margie Willett, the mother of his four children, from 1948 until 1984. He was also in a relationship for over 30 years with actress Michelle Triola. The relationship lasted until her death in 2009 at age 75.Today, Van Dyke is still singing and dancing. His secret to longevity is to "keep moving."Back in 2019, Van Dyke told Closer Weekly "I just love what I do." Dick Van Dyke was married to Margie Willett from 1948 until 1984. "I’ve been one of those lucky people that got to do something for a living that he would have done for nothing," he said at the time. "That’s why I’m still here… They can’t get me off the stage."The star credited his stamina to "good genes and not getting hit by a bus.""I’ve always been an exerciser and still am," the actor told the outlet. "I go to the gym three days a week, get in the pool and exercise. At my age, they say to keep moving. Put me on solid ground and I’ll start tapping."Van Dyke shared he does water aerobics, lifts weights and walks on a treadmill. Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver dancing at home in Malibu, California. Back in 2015, Van Dyke published a book titled "Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths About Aging," where he candidly shared his advice about […]