Who is Arlene Silver? Age of Dick Van Dyke's wife and how they met

Iram Sharifah Khan June 1, 2021

Dick Van Dyke showed off his recent workout routine in an interview, which showed he’s fitter than most at 95. Now fans are wondering about his personal life and his wife Arlene Silver’s age as well as how big the age gap is between them.

Who is Arlene Silver? Age revealed

Arlene Silver was born on 21 September 1971, meaning she is 49 years of age and will be 50 in September 2021. She was born in New York and is a famous make-up artist.

Silver has a brother, Jonathan, and attended California State University, Fullerton, where she graduated with a degree in communications and TV/film in 1999.

Her first credited role in the art department was in 2003 when she worked as a production assistant. In 2007, she worked in the make-up department for film and TV for The Men Of Delta Farce Salute The Troops. Since then, she has worked in ten other TV and film titles.

The titles she is most well known for working on include The Caretaker 3D (2010) and Murder 101 (2007-2008) both of which include her husband Dick Van Dyke.

How Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver met

Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver met at the SAG Awards in 2006. In an interview with Rumour Fix, he says about seeing her for the first time: “I was in the green room and she passed through and I was bowled over by her beauty.”

Silver recalls meeting Van Dyke at the event and sitting next to him. She tells Parade that at first she saw him as a friend and the two spent time together on numerous occasions.

It was when they were working together she noticed a change in her feelings. She says: “It was the way he was lit or something. He had on a sweater and I thought, ‘Wait a minute!’ I just felt a little different.”

They married on 29 February 2012 at a chapel in Malibu in a small ceremony. At the time he was 86 and she was 40, meaning there’s a 46-year age gap.

In his documentary short Welcome Home, Dick Van Dyke (2016), Silver worked alongside him again, this time as a producer.

How many times has Dick Van Dyke been married?

Arlene Silver is his second wife. His first was Margerie Willett, who he married on radio show Bride And Groom. From his first marriage he has four children.

Van Dyke also had a long-term relationship with Michelle Triola Marvin, with whom he had an affair while he was married to Willett. Michelle and Dick remained together until her passing in 2009. Their relationship lasted more than 30 years.

Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.