The 98-year-old Hollywood icon, Dick Van Dyke, discovered a new chapter of love with his wife, Arlene Silver, a 52-year-old makeup artist. Their story began at the SAG Awards in 2006, where Silver was working. What started as a professional collaboration evolved into a deep personal connection, leading to Van Dyke’s decision to include her in various projects. This professional association eventually blossomed into a romantic relationship, culminating in their marriage in 2012.
Supportive Presence During Grief
After the passing of Van Dyke’s longtime love, Michelle Triola, in 2009, Arlene Silver became a crucial support system during his grieving process. Van Dyke expressed gratitude for her comforting presence, saying, “Arlene would come by after work and bring me food. She was such a support, I fell in love.” In 2011, Silver officially moved into Van Dyke’s Malibu home.
Leap Day Celebration: A Unique Love Story
Silver and Van Dyke decided to tie the knot on Feb. 29, 2012, choosing a leap day celebration (although they celebrate on Feb. 28 in non-leap years). Describing the impromptu decision, Van Dyke shared, “It was on the spur of the moment, we just decided Leap Day would be the best time to do it.”
Harmony in Love and Music
Beyond their romantic connection, the couple shares a passion for singing and dancing, evident in their participation in the Vantastix, a cappella group founded by Van Dyke. The pair’s love for music extends to Silver’s initiative in creating her band, Arlene & the Vantastix. In February 2022, she directed the band’s music video featuring their rendition of Doris Day’s “Everybody Loves a Lover,” casting her husband as her co-star.
Youthful Essence Despite Age Difference
Despite the significant 46-year age gap, Silver emphasizes that age hasn’t hindered their relationship. She portrays Van Dyke as exuding a youthful spirit, full of fun and playfulness reminiscent of a child’s wonder. According to Silver, they both embrace a youthful essence, feeling like they’re reliving a second childhood together.