A complete timeline of Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver's relationship, from meeting at the SAG Awards to getting married when Van Dyke was 86

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Arlene Silver and Dick Van Dyke.Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images
  • Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene Silver are 46 years apart in age.

  • The couple first met in 2006 at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

  • They were married in 2012, and released music together on Valentine's Day in 2022.

January 28, 2007: The pair met at the 13th annual SAG Awards, after which Van Dyke hired Silver as a makeup artist.

dick van dyke and arlene silver, wearing a deep purple dress, on the SAG Awards red carpet in 2013
Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver at the 19th annual SAG Awards in January 2013.Dan MacMedan/WireImage

Van Dyke told HuffPost that he spotted Silver at the SAG Awards, where she "stopped [him] dead" in the green room.

He told The Washington Post that he had been speaking to Cate Blanchett when he saw Silver walk by, compelling him to introduce himself.

Silver later told HuffPost that she had seen Van Dyke's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the Thursday before the awards, as well as "Mary Poppins," which Van Dyke famously stars in.

"I remember seeing Dick at the catering table with his bow tie and his big smile. Right when I sat down, he was sitting next to me. He said, 'Hi, I'm Dic,'" Silver told the publication. "The first thing I asked him was, 'Weren't you in 'Mary Poppins'?' I wasn't sure."

Van Dyke went on to hire Silver for some of his Hallmark movies, she told HuffPost.

At the time of their meeting at the SAG Awards, Van Dyke was still with his partner of 30 years, Michelle Triola.

October 30, 2009: Van Dyke's previous partner, Michelle Triola, died of lung cancer.

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Dick Van Dyke and Michelle Triola in 1988 at the CBS TV Affiliates Party.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

In 2009, Van Dyke's partner of thirty-plus years, actor Michelle Triola, died of lung cancer in the home they shared together, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Van Dyke told HuffPost that during the year after Triola died, Silver would visit him after work to bring him food, cook, do his dishes, and check up on him.

"I fell in love pretty hard," Van Dyke told the publication.

Silver told HuffPost that during that time, their relationship "became something else."

February 29, 2012: Van Dyke and Silver got married.

arlene silver and dick van dyke on the red carpet at the 18th annual SAG Awards in 2012
Arlene Silver and Dick Van Dyke on the SAG Awards red carpet in 2012.Seve Granitz/WireImage

Van Dyke and Silver were married in a private ceremony at a chapel near Van Dyke's home in Malibu, The Hollywood Reporter reported in 2012. For the ceremony, Silver wore a pink dress from Anthropologie rather than a traditional wedding gown.

In a 2013 interview with Parade, Van Dyke called marrying Silver "one of the smartest moves" he'd ever made.

Van Dyke told HuffPost in a 2013 interview that everybody thought he was "crazy" when he married somebody "half" his age. "But she is just an absolute angel. She sings and dances so there's a lot of that going around the house. She's a great cook," the actor said.

"And the age difference hasn't been a problem at all. Emotionally I'm about 13. She's very, very wise for her age so I'm just having the time of my life," he added.

September 8, 2012: Van Dyke and Silver hosted a larger, "Seafoam Circus" wedding.

dick van dyke and arlene silver at the backstage at the geffen fundraiser in june 2012
Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver at the "Backstage At The Geffen" fundraising event in June 2012.Mark Davis/WireImage

After their private ceremony, Van Dyke and Silver had a larger extravaganza that was "seafoam circus" themed. The event, as detailed in a Rebel Belle Weddings blog post that Van Dyke reposted on Twitter, was both festival and nautical themed, featuring elements like a gymnast performing in a plastic bubble in a pool, a big top circus tent, and hula-hooping.

Silver has shared several photos from the celebration on Instagram over the years, including one in which she swapped her and Van Dyke's faces, and another in which she hula-hoops on the dance floor.

December 2015: Van Dyke and Silver celebrated Van Dyke's 90th birthday at Disneyland.

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Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver celebrated his 90th birthday at Disneyland.Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks via Getty Images

In December 2015, the couple celebrated Van Dyke's 90th at Disneyland. Silver posted a photo of the celebration on Instagram in December 2021.

As the Orange County Register reported at the time, Van Dyke and Silver traveled down Main Street U.S.A. while fans sang happy birthday to him. People reported that there was later a flash mob in his honor at The Grove, an outdoor shopping center in Los Angeles, where dancers performed to "Mary Poppins" songs in costumes reminiscent of Van Dyke's character, Burt.

March 2, 2019: Silver posted a photo from their wedding on Instagram in honor of their seventh anniversary.

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Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Several days after the couple's seventh wedding anniversary in 2019, Silver posted a photo of herself and Van Dyke cutting their wedding cake. In it, she's wearing the pink dress that she was married in, her hands touching those of a smiling Van Dyke.

"Four score and seven years ago, the Mister @official_dick_van_dyke and I took a 'leap' of faith and jumped into a live together filled with laughter, music, dancing, kindness, positivity and joy," Silver wrote. "I love you so dang much, it hurts."

June 5, 2021: Silver and Van Dyke launched a TikTok account together.

dick van dyke and arlene silver smiling together at the premiere of hbo's "if you're not in the obit, eat breakast"
Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver at the premiere of HBO's "If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast."Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

In June 2021, the couple launched a TikTok account under the handle @mrvandyke, which Silver promoted on her Instagram account.

The first video on the account shows Van Dyke dancing to Beck's "loser," while subsequent videos show Silver narrating videos of one of their cats and Van Dyke serenading her.

June 6, 2021: Van Dyke was celebrated as part of the Kennedy Center Honors.

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Arlene Silver and Dick Van Dyke attend the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in May 2021.Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Van Dyke was honored at the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C., Good Housekeeping reported.

Silver later posted a video of herself singing "Class" from "Chicago" with actor Chita Rivera's daughter Lisa, with Van Dyke chiming in in the background. Van Dyke and the elder Rivera costarred in the original production of "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway in 1960, The Washington Post reported.

February 14, 2022: Silver posted a cover of "Everybody Loves a Lover" with her husband and his barbershop group.

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Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver in "Everybody Loves a Lover."arlene silver/YouTube

On Valentine's Day 2022, Silver posted a cover of Doris Day's "Everybody Loves A Lover," featuring her husband and Eric Bradley, Bryan Chadima, and Mike Mendyke of The Vantastix, the barbershop group to which Van Dyke belongs. The cover also features a trumpet solo by Tony Guerrero.

The video, directed by Silver herself, shows the couple dancing and singing together.

March 6, 2022: Van Dyke told Closer Weekly he didn't want people to think his wife was a "gold digger."

Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver arrive at the premiere of Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns" at the El Capitan Theatre on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver at the premiere of Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns" in 2018.Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

In March 2022, Van Dyke told Closer Weekly that he was initially worried about the reception of his relationship with Silver.

"I thought there would be an outcry about a gold digger marrying an old man, but no one ever took that attitude," he told the publication.

"We share an attitude," he told Closer Weekly. "She can go with the flow. She loves to sing and dance, which we do almost every day. She's just delightful."

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