Dick Van Dyke, 86, Marries Make-Up Artist, Arlene Silver, 40

Dick Van Dyke Arlene Silver

First Posted: 9/03/2012 17:53 Updated: 9/03/2012 18:11   WENN

Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke has wed his longtime make-up artist, who is 46 years his junior.

The 86-year-old actor exchanged vows with Arlene Silver, 40, on 29 February, according to RumorFix.com.

And Van Dyke has confirmed the happy news, stating, "We're looking forward to a long and happy marriage. (The ceremony was) kinda on the spur of the moment, we just decided Leap Day would be the best time to do it."

He tells the website he met Silver at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006: "I was in the green room and she passed through and I was bowled over by her beauty."

He then hired her as his make-up artist.

Van Dyke has wed once before, to Margie Willett. They divorced in 1984 after 36 years as husband and wife. The marriage produced four children.

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