Entertainment

Dick Van Dyke marries 40-year-old

Dick Van Dyke (back left) in the classic movie Mary Poppins, which was released in 1964.
Dick Van Dyke (back left) in the classic movie Mary Poppins, which was released in 1964.

AT HIS stage in life, social pursuits that risk making your heart start beating like a big brass band are supposed to be strictly off-limits.

But Dick Van Dyke doesn't care: he's just become a happy newlywed at the age of 86.

The Hollywood star, who in the 1964 film Mary Poppins gave voice to the most famous mockney accent in the history of entertainment, announced yesterday that he has married his make-up artist, Arlene Silver.

She is 40.

A "spur of the moment" wedding took place at a chapel near his home in Malibu on 29 February, Van Dyke revealed in a videotaped interview with a show-business website.

Embracing his new spouse, he declared: "I'm looking forward to a long and happy marriage."

The actor's nuptials fall into a grand Hollywood tradition of so-called "May to December" romances.

The wedding was witnessed by a few close friends, along with Ms Silver's family, said a spokesman.

Van Dyke's four children did not choose to attend.

"I got married on 29 February, kind of on the spur of the moment," he told a videographer from the website RumorFix.

"We decided that a leap day would be the best day to do it.

"Her name was Arlene Silver. She's now Arlene Silver Van Dyke."

Van Dyke was last married in 1948, in a ceremony broadcast live on the television show Bride and Groom.

He had four children with his first wife, Margie Willett, but they divorced in the mid-1980s after a long separation.

His subsequent life partner, actress Michelle Triola, died from lung cancer in 2009.

They had been together for four decades.

Since her death, Van Dyke, who spent the 1990s starring in the hit TV series Diagnosis Murder, has wound down his acting career.

His last role in a major movie was a cameo in Night at the Museum, released in 2006.

In a touching joint interview, Van Dyke told how he first met Ms Silver that spring, in the green room at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

"She passed through and I was bowled over by her beauty," he recalled.

He ended up hiring Ms Silver as his make-up artist.

Romance didn't blossom until "the last couple of years".

"She became my make-up artist, then worked her way all the way up to wife," he said.

"It's wonderful, wonderful. I'm not a loner. I have to have a life partner, and I've found the perfect one."

Van Dyke's new wife added: "He's the happiest person I've ever met. He's got an infectious spirit: always singing, always humming, always in a good mood."

News of the marriage has raised eyebrows among commentators, who point out that the new Mrs Van Dyke wasn't even born when her husband's eponymous prime-time TV show - the source of much of his fortune - was launched in the early 1970s.

Several newspapers borrowed the headline "Gor Blimey!" from Van Dyke's catchphrase as Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins - the movie that first propelled him to international stardom.

The publicist Bob Palmer, a longstanding friend of Van Dyke, told the Associated Press: "I've never seen him happier. She adds a lot to his life."



SRV on base rate would cost as little as $19 a year

Daily Examiner senior journalist Tim Howard.

Ratepayers still unsure how much they might have to pay.

Young king with plenty to learn

LEARNING CURVE: King Amadeus with strapper and part owner Shelly Moffat.

Three-year-old ready to race today

Race held in honour of all-round good bloke

The funeral of Warwick Thomas Hall at the Grafton Racecourse on Saturday, 27 May, 2017.

Memory Of Warwick Hall Class 2 Handicap jumps at 4.20pm

Local Partners

Federal grants for 18 community organisations

MEMBER for Page Kevin Hogan announces Federal grants for 18 community organisations in the Clarence Valley


NRRRL: Magpies on a mission for home fans

ON A MISSION: Captain- coach Dan Randall hopes to lead Lower Clarence Magpies to their first victory of the 2017 NRRRL season when they run out in front of their home fans against Evans Head Bombers at the Nest this Sunday.

Lower Clarence ready for another cracker at the Nest

Polocrosse hits fever pitch at Hawthorne Park

ALL SYSTEMS GO: This weekend Grafton Polocrosse Club hosts its first annual carnival at Hawthorne Park since the club re-formed.

New lease of life in the Clarence Valley for equestrian team sport

Support for Kara's treadmill marathon explodes

Former Grafton and now NSW cricketer Kara Sutherland bowling to cricket legend Sir Viv Richards. Photo: MARK NEWSHAM

Support for treadmill marathon thrills organiser Kara Sutherland.

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

WHEN it comes to shooting sex scenes, it’s no secret that every set has their own method.

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!