Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! That’s all there is to say after learning the legendary Dick Van Dyke has become a newlywed once again. The 86-year-old actor tied the knot with his 40-year-old makeup artist, Arlene Silver.
And while their significant age difference comes as a little bit of a surprise, what makes their marriage even more unique is the actual wedding date. The Mary Poppins star revealed to RumorFix.com that he and his new bride ascended into marital bliss on Feb. 29 (Leap Day). Van Dyke explained, “It was on the spur of the moment, we just decided Leap Day would be the best time to do it.”
The veteran actor met Silver six years ago at the SAG Awards, where, according to Van Dyke, he was “bowled over by her beauty.” He quickly hired her as his personal makeup artist and the two became instant friends. However, within the last couple of years, they inevitably “fell in love.”
Van Dyke has four children from his first marriage with Margie Willett, whom he divorced in 1984. After that, he lived with longtime love Michelle Triola for over 30 years, until her death in 2009. But Van Dyke admits he’s not one to stay single for too long, stating, “I’m not a loner. I have to have a life partner. I found the perfect one.”
Congratulations to the happy couple!