Dick Van Dyke, 86, Marries Makeup Artist, 40

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Leap Day 2012 was a jolly holiday indeed for Dick Van Dyke!

The veteran actor and perfomer, 86, wed 40-year-old girlfriend, makeup artist Arlene Silver, on Feb. 29, they tell RumorFix.com.

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The star of Diagnosis Murder and Mary Poppins said he met Silver at the SAG Awards six years ago and "was bowled over by her beauty," he told the site.

He then hired Silver to be his personal makeup artist — which led to a friendship. "The last couple of years we kind of fell in love…She keeps up with me."

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Van Dyke divorced first wife Margie Willett in 1984 after over three decades of marriage and four children together; he had a longterm partnership with Michelle Triola until her death in 2009.

HIs Feb. 29 wedding to Silver was "kinda on the spur of the moment," the star explained. "We just decided Leap Day would be the best time to do it."

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Silver was just as smitten. "He's the happiest person I ever met. He's got an infectious spirit," she told RumorFix.

"I'm not a loner," Van Dyke added. "I have to have a life partner. I found the perfect one."

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