Category: Classic Hollywood

Dick Van Dyke, 86, marries makeup artist Arlene Silver, 40

Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver-Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke is a newlywed once again -- at age 86. 

Van Dyke and 40-year-old makeup artist Arlene Silver were married on Leap Day, the actor told RumorFix, after knowing each other for about six years. They met at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, he said, and she later became his personal makeup artist, then wife.

"The last couple of years we kind of fell in love," he told the website. "She keeps up with me." The wedding Feb. 29 was, he said, "spur of the moment." Previously, Van Dyke had cohabitated with Michelle Triola for more than 30 years until her death in 2009. His first marriage, which ran from 1948 to 1982, gave him four children.

Silver -- now Arlene Silver-Van Dyke -- called her new hubby "the best," and "the happiest person."

"Always singing, always humming, always in a good mood," she told RumorFix shortly before the two burst out in song, collaborating on the theme song from "All in the Family."

Sounds like newlyweds!



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Photo: Arlene Silver and Dick Van Dyke arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A. on Jan. 29. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images


Hedy Lamarr: Inventor of more than the 1st theatrical-film orgasm

Hedy Lamarr in Ecstasy, not long after her costar returned her clothing.

Hedy Lamarr, Old Hollywood sex symbol, had a brain. It's a fact that may be nearly as overlooked as the inventor's wartime creation: landmark technology that was a precursor to Bluetooth.

It's not surprising that she's known best for her sultry persona, given her film role that made everyone sit up and take notice. In 1933's "Ecstasy," a Czech film, she raised eyebrows and drew condemnation around the globe when she appeared nude in one part of the film and simulated an orgasm in another.

Lamarr is seen going skinny-dipping and, still without a stitch on, chasing a runaway horse. The orgasm scene comes later, and, yes, she does smoke a cigarette afterward. "Ecstasy" is considered the first theatrically released movie to feature an actress simulating an orgasm on screen.  

Take that, Meg Ryan.

Now, Richard Rhodes has revealed the nerdy side of this legendary beauty and superstar.

His new book, "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World," tells about the invention and how her role in its creation was long ignored.

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Sophia Loren honored by the academy; Billy Crystal hosts


Sophia Loren tribute pictures Sophia Loren, small-town girl turned international movie star, was honored Wednesday night in Beverly Hills at an event hosted by Billy Crystal and attended by the likes of John Travolta, Eva Mendes, Loren's "Nine" director, Rob Marshall, and her sons Carlo and Edoardo Ponti

"America has always accepted me, even in the beginning when I came here for the first time," Loren, 76, told The Times's Susan King recently. "I was very young and they gave me a wonderful cocktail party. Louella Parsons and Elsa Maxwell and Jayne Mansfield were there. I will never forget those days.

"For me, Hollywood was a fairy tale, coming from where I came from, a little town. It was something that I never expected."

"An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren" featured clips from Loren movies including, among others, "Two Women," the 1961 foreign-language effort for which she won the lead actress Oscar, and 1964's "Marriage Italian Style," for which she was nominated.

Click the pics to see more photos from the event honoring the life and work of Sophia Loren.


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— Christie D'Zurilla

Top photo: Sophia Loren with sons composer Carlo Ponti, left, and director Edoardo Ponti, right, during arrivals at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute to her in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters.

Left photo: Loren with tribute host Billy Crystal. Credit: Jason Redmond / EPA.


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