Who is Arlene Silver?

Arlene Silver was born on 21 September 1971, in New York, USA, and is a professional make-up artist, but perhaps best known for being the wife of actor Dick Van Dyke. Her husband is known for his work in projects such as “Marry Poppins”, “Night at the Museum”, and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. Their relationship and subsequent marriage caused a bit of a media stir due to the large difference in their age – 46 years.

The Net Worth of Arlene Silver

While Arlene Silver didn’t really rack up any big numbers due to her work in make-up, she has managed to enjoy a bit of luxury thanks to the wealth accrued by her husband, who has a net worth valued at over $50 million. The couple own several luxury cars, including a few from the luxury car brand Jaguar.

Life and Career

Arlene spent most of her youth growing up in New York, specifically in The Bronx. She later moved to California to take her college education, and after graduation proceeded to take make-up work in the entertainment industry. Over the next few years, she would build her portfolio, working on films such as “Carolina” which starred Julia Stiles and Shirley MacLaine, but the film failed to find a distributor, leading to no theatrical release. She also worked on “The Caretaker 3D”, as well as the film “The Men of Delta Farce Salute the Troops” – also released under the name “Delta Farce”, the film stars Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, marking the duos first film after the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. The title is a play on the well-known elite special operation unit in the US Army, Delta Force, which has skill comparable to the Green Berets and the Army Rangers.

Arlene Silver with husband Dick Van Dyke

Husband – Dick Van Dyke

Dick is the son of a salesman and a stenographer, and grew up in Illinois alongside a brother who would also later pursue a career in acting. He is of Scottish, Irish, and English descent. During his youth, he befriended a few people who would later pursue acting careers, though for a brief time he considered the ministry, but was later swayed by drama class in high school. He never completed his high school education, as he enlisted into the US Army Air Force during World War II, wanting to undergo pilot training.

However, he was denied enlistment several times as he failed to get the required weight needed to become a pilot, before he was finally accepted into the Air Force as a radio announcer. He then transferred to Special Services where he became an entertainer, travelling around the country to keep-up troop morale. After his service in the war, he returned home and began working as a radio DJ, and started collaborating with Phil Erickson, forming a comedy duo which performed on the West Coast. This would eventually open the doors for him on Broadway in 1959.

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Dick Van Dyke’s Rise to Prominence

Following several successful stage productions, Van Dyke started to get offers for television programs, making his first appearance in 1954’s “Chance of a Lifetime”. He then appeared in other shows in small roles, and as a guest before signing a seven year contract with CBS thanks to a friend from the Army working there. In 1961, he became the star of the sitcom entitled “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, which ran for five years and helped develop his comedic skills, and was also responsible for his rise to national fame, winning him several Emmy Awards in the process.

He continued with a string of successful films in the 1960s, including a role in the film “Mary Poppins”. He’s managed to remain relevant over his many years in the entertainment industry, with an almost unrivaled award-winning career spanning seven decades. He was a part of the film “Night at the Museum”, as well as its sequel “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”. He also reprised his role in “Mary Poppins Returns”. Apart from films, he had long runs in television shows such as “Murder 101”, and “Diagnosis: Murder”. He has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the SAG Life Achievement Award, the highest honor of the Screen Actors Guild. He is also considered a Disney Legend, and was awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

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Personal Life

Silver and Van Dyke first met during the 2006 SAG Awards, with Van Dyke finding himself attracted to her, leading to an introduction. He has professed publicly about how he fell for her charm – at the time, she knew little about him except for his work in “Mary Poppins”. He decided to work with her, giving her a job as his make-up artist, and over the years, their friendship developed into something more.

They dated for six years before marrying, which caught a lot of media attention due to their age gap of 46 years. Van Dyke has rolled with the attention, even jokingly calling her his child bride. They married in 2012 at a chapel in Malibu, and he calls the decision one of the smartest things he’s ever done. This marks his second marriage – he was first married to Margerie Willet with whom he has four children – they were married in 1948 and stayed together until finalizing their divorce in 1984, concluding a long separation. He also had a well-documented long-term relationship with actress Michelle Triola, as the two stayed together for over 30 years until her death in 2009.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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