The couple has proven that their age difference means nothing, when there's love.
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on February 18, 2022.
Dick Van Dyke is 96 years old, but his age has never once stopped him from expressing his love for his 50-year-old wife, Arlene Silver.
For Valentine’s Day 2022, Van Dyke and his wife of nearly a decade, Silver, celebrated the occasion by putting out a music video to the tune of Doris Day’s late 1950s hit song Everybody Loves A Lover.
While Silver sang Day’s part, Van Dyke added his own touch with some scat singing and joined his wife during different parts of the song. Silver was also joined on vocals by The Vantastix, which consists of Eric Bradley, Bryan Chadima and Mike Mendyke.
They even performed a little choreographed dance during the video, and it was absolutely adorable to see the two of them so in love. The three-minute-long video was shared on Youtube and fans couldn't stop gushing over how cute it was.
“Absolutely fantastic…may Dick Van Dyke live forever! Happy Valentine’s Day,” said one awestruck commenter, while another wrote, “Much love to both of you adorable creatures!” One fan gushed, “Time stands still when Dick Van Dyke turns it on. And Arlene has a gorgeous voice. Absolutely beautiful. I once met Van Dyke in San Diego, when I was just starting out as an actor, and he was a joy to behold.”
Van Dyke, known for his role in movies like Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, first met Silver when she was working as a make-up artist at the SAG awards in 2006. There was an instant spark between the two, which forced Van Dyke to actually sit down and introduce himself to her, which is something he never really did.
“I never approached a strange woman in my life,” the actor told Oprah: Where Are They Now?, quoted HuffPost. “[It was] instinct. So, I walked over, sat down, and introduced myself."
It probably came as a relief to the actor that Silver felt the same way about him, too. “I remember seeing Dick at the catering table with his bow tie and his big smile,” she recalled, according to Parade. “Right when I sat down, he was sitting next to me. He said, ‘Hi, I’m Dick.’ The first thing I asked him was, ‘Weren’t you in Mary Poppins?’”
The two of them started off as friends but their connection was so strong that it eventually turned into a relationship. In fact, Silver still remembers the first moment she saw her husband as more than just a friend. “When we were working together on a movie, there was one time when we were doing a night shoot… and he was laughing like he always does, but 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.”
The 46-year age gap between the two of them is something that was trolled by haters, but it doesn't affect them at all, revealed Silver.
In fact, it doesn't make a difference to both of them at all. “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 said. “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.”
Surely, the recent video is proof enough that they bring smiles and glimmers to each other's eyes and are just so good together! Here's hoping they get to spend many more years together.
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