Dick Van Dyke Praises 52 Year-Old Wife Arlene Silver As He Prepares To Turn 98

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The legendary Hollywood star Dick Van Dyke, who is set to turn 98 on Wednesday, is speaking out this week to praise his 52 year-old wife Arlene Silver.

Van Dyke Praises Wife

People Magazine reported that in a clip shared to the Instagram Story of the photographer Laura Johansen, Van Dyke can be seen smiling as he looks at his glamorously-dressed wife while sitting in a chair in a dressing room.

“You look like a movie star,” he told Silver, 52, as another voice asked, “Doesn’t she?”

“She really does, doesn’t she?” Van Dyke replied, jokingly adding, “I saw her first!”

Earlier this year, Van Dyke credited Silver with being a huge part in his longevity.

“Having a beautiful young wife half my age to take care of me [helps],” Van Dyke said, according to The New York Post

Van Dyke went on to say that a “positive attitude” helps to keep him healthy, adding, “I get that from my wife.”

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Van Dyke And Silver’s History

Silver is Van Dyke’s second wife, as he was previously married to Margie Willett from 1948 until they divorced in 1984. After his divorce, he was in a relationship with the actress Michelle Triola for over thirty years before she passed away in 2009. Van Dyke met Silver at the 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards, when he was 81 and she was 35.

“We share an attitude,” Van Dyke previously said of Silver. “She can go with the flow. She loves to sing and dance, which we do almost every day. She’s just delightful.”

Silver has also opened up about the moment she met Van Dyke. 

“He said, ‘Hi, I’m Dick.’ The first thing I asked him was, ‘Weren’t you in Mary Poppins?’ We got along immediately as friends, so it didn’t feel like he was so much older than me,” she recalled. “He is the most perfect human being. I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill.”

They were friends for many years before their relationship turned romantic, and Van Dyke has expressed his relief that his fans are so supportive of their marriage.

“I thought there would be an outcry about a gold digger marrying an old man, but no one ever took that attitude,” he said.

“He is a lot of fun. He’s not immature in a bad way. He’s immature in a good way with the wonder of a child,” she once told Parade. “He’s just fun, he’s open minded. He’s not stuck in his ways at all. We’re both like children. We feel like we’re both having a second childhood.”

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‘Just Keep Moving’

Van Dyke took to Instagram last Friday to offer some advice on aging.

Just keep moving,” he wrote. “Dick’s secrets to living well: Positivity, don’t go down the stairs sideways, and just keep moving!”

“He looks fantastic,” one fan commented. “I like his philosophy. He is certainly doing something right. I have so much love, admiration and respect for him and all he’s done for the world. He is a bright light in a world that can be so dark. So grateful for the joy he brings to the world.”

Van Dyke is a true living legend, and there will never be another one like him. Please join us in wishing him a very happy birthday on Wednesday!

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