'He's My Prince': Dick Van Dyke's Wife, Arlene, On Why She Chose To Marry A Man 46 Years Older Than She Is

Date December 15, 2017

Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver's relationship and subsequent marriage made headlines a few years ago and today, people still look at the couple and marvel at what a great pair they make.

Tying The Knots

At an age when most people are relaxing and taking things easy, actor and comedian, Dick Van Dyke decided that it was the right time to get married. In 2012, at the age of 86, he and Arlene Silver, who was 40 at the time, tied the knots.


The Hollywood star announced, a day after the wedding, that he had married Arlene in a 'spur of the moment' ceremony at a church near his home. He was absolutely thrilled saying:

I'm looking forward to a long and happy marriage.

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Van Dyke, who had been married twice before Arlene, said he was "bowled over by her beauty" when they first met. He hired her as his makeup artist but they remained professional until a couple of years before their wedding.


One of Van Dyke's longtime friends reported that the actor was very happy with his new wife.


Arlene Silver on marrying an 86-year-old man

As one might expect, Silver began to face some scrutiny since her marriage to the star made the news. People were very curious about her choice of a spouse that was nearly half a century years older than she was.


In October 2013, she opened up to Huffington Post about how much she loved her man and how happy their marriage was.


She described Van Dyke as "a lot of fun" and said they were both having a great time with each other. She said:

It’s an absolute fairytale!! It’s like a modern-day My Fair Lady. Every day, we still don’t believe that this is our life. Dick is definitely my prince!


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Age is just a number

Another couple that has also proven that age is not a barrier to a happy relationship is Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 17 years ago, people were sceptical when the actress married a man 25 years older than she is. However, seeing how happy and in love they are, one has to admit that true love has no age limits.

One of our early dates, a boxing fight in Vegas! You got me at round one. Happy Birthday darling.

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One thing that these beautiful couples have taught us is that it's never too late to find love. At the end of the day, all we all want is to find someone to spend the rest of our lives with.

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