The legend of stage and screen has married Arlene Silver, his 40-year-old makeup artist and a woman he first met six years ago in the green room at the SAG Awards. According to a Rumorfix report, which includes video of Van Dyke and Silver confirming their marriage (see below), the two tied the knot on Feb. 29.
“Kind of on the spur of the moment, we decided Leap Day would be the best time to do it,” Van Dyke says.
The marriage is Van Dyke’s second. The first time around, he wed Margie Willett in 1948 during a live broadcast of the radio show “Bride and Groom.” The couple was married for 36 years and had four children together before divorcing in 1984. The “Mary Poppins” star also lived with actress and romantic partner Michelle Triola for more than 30 years until she died in 2009 of lung cancer.
“I’m not a loner,” a very happy Van Dyke tells RumorFix. “I have to have a life partner and I found the perfect one.”
“He’s the happiest person I’ve ever met,” Silver says. “He’s just got an infectious spirit.”
The two then proceed to perform a duet of the “All in the Family” theme that is actually kind of adorable.
Now, the blogosphere will be prone to do two things with this story: rail against yet another May-December (or maybe May-the following May?) romance, and make a lot of exceedingly inappropriate “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” jokes.
But after watching them together, it’s hard not to just wish the best for two people who, while separated by decades, seem very comfortable and happy in each other’s presence.