(LOS ANGELES) — Octogenarian entertainer Dick Van Dyke is newly married to a woman less than half his age.
The iconic comedian, 86, wed makeup artist Arlene Silver, 40, on Feb. 29. They met six years ago at the SAG Awards, where she applied his stage makeup. Van Dyke’s publicist Bob Palmer told ABC News that their relationship quickly turned from business to pleasure.
“It’s a really nice relationship, most people like her a lot,” he said. “Despite their obvious age difference, Dick has never been happier. She brings a lot of light into his life.”
Palmer said the couple’s Leap Day nuptials were a “private ceremony near Dick’s house in Malibu.” Van Dyke’s first marriage ended in divorce; he later lived with girlfriend Michelle Triola for more than 30 years until her death in 2009.
In an interview posted on RumorFix.com, Van Dyke gushes about his new bride, saying, “I’m not a loner. I have to have a life partner. I found the perfect one.”
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