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Dick Van Dyke, 96, was worried fans would think his wife Arlene Silver, 50, was a 'gold digger'


Dick Van Dyke, 96, was worried fans would think his 50-year-old wife Arlene Silver was a ‘gold digger’

Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with Arlene Silver last month, though the actor recently revealed he was worried about the public perception of marrying a much younger woman.

Van Dyke was 86 years old when he married the 40-year-old Silver back in late February 2012.

Now 96, the actor reminisced about his first meeting with the make-up artist, now 50, at the 2007 SAG Awards and admitted he was worried about his wife being perceived as a ‘gold digger’ during a new interview with Closer Weekly.

Perception: Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with Arlene Silver last month, though the actor recently revealed he was worried about the public perception of marrying a much younger woman

Perception: Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with Arlene Silver last month, though the actor recently revealed he was worried about the public perception of marrying a much younger woman

Van Dyke was first married to Margie Willett from 1948 until 1984, and he was with actress Michelle Triola Marvin for more than 30 years until her death in 2009.

Now married to Silver for a decade, Van Dyke credits her with his happiness and his vitality in this new interview.

‘We share an attitude. She can go with the flow. She loves to sing and dance, which we do almost every day. She’s just delightful,’ the actor said.

Happiness: Now married to Silver for a decade, Van Dyke credits her with his happiness and his vitality in this new interview

Happiness: Now married to Silver for a decade, Van Dyke credits her with his happiness and his vitality in this new interview

His wife added of her husband, ‘He is the most perfect human being,” she gushes. “I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill.’

Still, their 46-year age gap was somewhat concerning to Van Dyke, stating, ‘I thought there would be an outcry about a gold digger marrying an old man, but no one ever took that attitude.’

Silver was working at the 2007 SAG Awards, where Van Dyke was to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to his Mary Poppins co-star, Julie Andrews.

Happy pill: His wife added of her husband, 'He is the most perfect human being,” she gushes. “I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill'

Happy pill: His wife added of her husband, ‘He is the most perfect human being,” she gushes. “I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill’

Before presenting the award, he was getting touched up by Silver when they started chatting and became fast friends.

‘He said, “Hi, I’m Dick.” The first thing I asked him was, “Weren’t you in Mary Poppins?”‘ Silver recalled.

‘We got along immediately as friends, so it didn’t feel like he was so much older than me,’ she added.

Hi: 'He said, "Hi, I’m Dick." The first thing I asked him was, "Weren’t you in Mary Poppins?"' Silver recalled

Hi: ‘He said, “Hi, I’m Dick.” The first thing I asked him was, “Weren’t you in Mary Poppins?”‘ Silver recalled

They recently shared their Everybody Loves a Lover music video on Arlene’s YouTube channel, featuring Vantastix, an a cappella quartet Dick put together.

‘I love to harmonize, so that keeps me going,” Dick says. ‘It’s kind of my retirement amusement. I don’t play golf. I have more fun singing and dancing.’

He’s attached to star in the upcoming film Capture the Flag with Louis Gossett Jr., John Amos and Barry Corbin. 

Video: They recently shared their Everybody Loves a Lover music video on Arlene’s YouTube channel, featuring Vantastix, an a cappella quartet Dick put together

Video: They recently shared their Everybody Loves a Lover music video on Arlene’s YouTube channel, featuring Vantastix, an a cappella quartet Dick put together

Coming soon: He's attached to star in the upcoming film Capture the Flag with Louis Gossett Jr., John Amos and Barry Corbin

Coming soon: He’s attached to star in the upcoming film Capture the Flag with Louis Gossett Jr., John Amos and Barry Corbin

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