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."
Aretha Franklin's longtime fans were taken aback when the soul singer announced just after New Year's that over the holidays she'd gotten engaged to be married to longtime companion William "Willie" Wilkerson. Well, those with concerns need not worry about buying wedding gifts just yet — the 69-year-old "Respect" singer has put the brakes on her wedding, which was to have taken place sometime in the summer.
In a statement on her Facebook page, Franklin explained the situation like this: "Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly. There will be no wedding at this time. We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends."
Just a few weeks ago, Franklin, who suffered serious (but unrevealed) health problems in 2010, was giddily discussing her recent weight loss of 85 pounds and her plans to be fitted for a wedding dress by Vera Wang, Valentino or Donna Karan.
It's unclear if longtime friends Franklin and Wilkerson have called off only the wedding or their entire significant-other relationship, but something tells us that after today's announcement, Wang, Valentino and Karan shouldn't waste a lot of time waiting by the phone.
So about Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez getting engaged -- the story's not quite that simple.
It was reported Wednesday that Berry, who'd been spotted wearing an emerald-and-diamond bauble on her left-hand ring finger after swearing years ago she'd never again wed, got engaged to her "Dark Tide" costar over the holidays. A rep for jeweler Gurhan then told People mm hmm, it's an engagement ring.
Cut to Thursday and "sources close to the couple" were telling TMZ that although the ring was a gift from him to her, and although the relationship was a "committed" one, and although marriage hadn't been ruled out, that rock was not indicative of an engagement.
Turn the page to Friday and a rep for the jeweler is buzzing People with the word that, hey, we can't even say for sure the ring is a Gurhan design.
So maybe Berry was for real in 2004 when she told Oprah Winfrey, "I will never marry again. I mean it with every bone in my body."
Pop singer Bryan Ferry, 66, and former publicist Amanda Sheppard, 29, were married earlier this month in an island ceremony at the Amanyara resort on the Turks and Caicos.
The "Slave to Love" singer and Roxy Music frontman tied the knot with Sheppard on Jan. 4, Pop & Hiss reportedearlier this week. The bride wore Lanvin, and the groom wore Anderson & Sheppard, according to the wedding announcement on Ferry's website, which has a lovely shot of the couple on their wedding day.
We circle back because of this delicious, gossipy twist: Sheppard, who is 37 years Ferry's junior, was briefly involved with the singer's son Isaac Ferry, now 26, before hooking up with Dad. Bryan and Amanda have been dating since 2008, the Daily Telegraph said at the time, and have lived together since she quit her job and moved in with him in 2009, according to the Daily Mail.
"The interesting thing is -- and I don’t want to say the wrong thing in case I get into trouble with my girlfriend -- you never really meet people your own age who aren't married," the elder Ferry told the Mail on Sunday.
Hey, at least he stuck with the available ladies, and thankfully Sheppard is no teen bride. Appropriate, we say, given that Queen Elizabeth II in November awarded the singer with a CBE, or the rank of commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Not quite a knight, but it comes with honor and a cool medal (shown above).
"I was very pleased to be recognised for a long career and doing something I love," Ferry said.
It's a second trip down the aisle for Bryan Ferry, whose 21-year marriage to Lucy Henmore ended in 2003. They have four sons together. We also note, simply because it's cool, that Ferry had dated Jerry Hall for a couple of years before she left him for Mick Jagger.
Photo: Bryan Ferry, who on Jan. 4 married Amanda Sheppard, was honored as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 30. Credit: John Stillwell / Agence France Presse / Getty Images.
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Halle Berry is reportedly engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez, whom she met while filming the movie "Dark Tide," a thriller slated for release this year.
The engagement took place over the holidays, a source told Us Weekly, which broke the news, and involved a diamond and emerald ring, according to a rep for jewelry designer Gurhan, speaking to People.
Berry, 45, and Martinez, 46, met during "Dark Tide" production in mid-2010, shortly after Berry's breakup with Gabriel Aubry, and went public as a couple in October of that year. Berry has a 3-year-old daughter, Nahla, from her relationship with Aubry.
It will be a third marriage for Berry, who was previously wed to baseball player David Justice and then R&B singer Eric Benet. She's been unmarried since the divorce from Benet was finalized in 2005, though she dated Aubry for five years. The two wrestled over custody of Nahla, with Aubry finally getting less time with his daughter than he sought.
[For the record, 2 p.m. Jan. 11: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said Halle Berry was married first to Eric Benet and then to David Justice. It was the other way around. The post also incorrectly said Berry divorced Justice in 2005. That was the year she divorced Benet.]
Has someone finally tamed Drew Barrymore's wild heart?
To be fair, the former wild child has maintained a hippie-fringed grace for quite some time since her David Letterman-flashing days, but she's certainly had her ups and downs in love. A major up: She's engaged to art world player Will Kopelman.
Consultant Kopelman, the son of former Chanel U.S. honcho Arie Kopelman, has been taking up with the "Charlie's Angels" beauty since last award season.
Will popped the question in Sun Valley, Idaho, with quite a rock according to People: a radiant-cut stunner weighing in at almost 4 carats.
It's an impressive piece of jewelry and we certainly hope it'll be the bling that counts. Barrymore loves herself an engagement. Her first came at the ripe old age of 16, when she was set to wed Leland Hayward, a Hollywood producer's grandson.
Then it was actor Jamie Walters, to whom she was betrothed for a year, followed by an actual marriage to English barkeep Jeremy Thomas in 1994. After splitting with Thomas, she wed comedian Tom Green in 2001; they divorced five months later.
Barrymore has also been romantically linked to the Strokes' drummer Fabrizio Moretti and of course actor Justin Long (no engagement there). The Ministry thinks Kopelman is a catch.
Photo: Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman in June at Chanel's benefit dinner for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Ocean Initiative, hosted by Ron and Kelly Meyer at their Malibu home. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images
Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza are finally making it official: The two got engaged in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the New Year's Eve holiday.
"We took a walk alone as the sun was setting," Lopez told Us Weekly. "I told Courtney that I wanted the mother of my children to have their last name."
Actor and TV host Lopez, 38, and dancer Mazza, 28, welcomed baby Gia Francesca Lopez in September 2010.
"She was silent at first from shock," Lopez said of his fiancée, "then she leaped for joy and did a little jeté!"
Hey, we'd do a jeté too if ... wait a second ... mother of his children, plural? Is there something going on we don't now about, Mario?
At any rate, what we do know is that the two are likely to tie the knot in Mexico later this year.
Lopez was previously married to "Doritos girl" Ali Landry, whom he'd dated for years, but that coupling was annulled after two weeks. Landry reportedly had found "really strong evidence" that he'd been unfaithful.
Sinéad O'Connor's love life has another chapter. Actually this is more like an extended cut of the previous chapter. She announced on Twitter that she's back with her husband of less than a month.
The Irish singer, who married Dublin substance-abuse counselor Barry Herridge in Las Vegas in early December, then announced their separation a couple of weeks later, has called off the divorce proceedings.
As she put it late Tuesday, "yay!!! me husband is a big hairy cave man an came to claim me with his club : ) and now im in cave-land.. yay!!"
When one fan, who obviously doesn't speak cave man, tweeted to ask for confirmation that the singer now wasn't getting divorced, O'Connor responded, "Yup that's wot it means. An I can add to my lingerie collection. Size uk 12 btw for anyone wanting to send any. 36b. : )"
Previously, O'Connor had written a long post on her website announcing the breakup of the relationship due to people in her husband's life urging him away from her and to a "wild ride" in Las Vegas on their Dec. 8 wedding night, when self-described non-drinker O'Connor went looking for weed to smoke and ended up with a handful of crack instead.
Never a dull moment in the O'Connor household.
The good news for her Southern California fans is that they will have ample opportunity to congratulate her in person: The newly reconciled Mrs. H will be headed to L.A. on Thursday for a performance on Friday, and she'll return in February for a pair of shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the release of her new album, "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?"
O'Connor says she's slowing things down with husband No. 4 and that they plan to act like boyfriend and girlfriend (or cave man and cave woman) for a while. Either way, this isn't likely to be the last of the O'Connor love drama in 2012.
Aretha Franklin is engaged to marry longtime friend and confidant William "Willie" Wilkerson, with a Miami Beach wedding likely in the summer.
"No, I'm not pregnant," the 69-year-old "Respect" singer joked Monday in a statement announcing the engagement, which happened over the holidays.
The Queen of Soul has bounced back nicely after a health scare (she had extreme pain in her side) that included surgery in December 2010 and a number of canceled shows. "I had superb doctors and nurses who were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country," she said at the time.
At one point erroneous reports of pancreatic cancer circulated, but Franklin set the record straight last January: No cancer, no she's not telling exactly what happened, but yes, the surgery added 15 to 20 years to her life.
Now that she's lost 85 pounds and feels "fabulous," according to People, it's time to bring on the wedding gown. She said she's considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design the dress.
"I AM ENGAGED!!!," Wynonna Judd tweeted Thursday night, posting the above photo of herself and fiancé Cactus Moser after their announcement went public earlier in the day.
The prickly proposal (we couldn't resist) from a man Wynonna calls "an AWESOME drummer" was popped on Christmas Eve. The two have been dating for two years.
Moser, a founding member of the country group Highway 101, has been touring with country singer Judd under the billing Wynonna and the Big Noise. And, Wynonna pointed out Thursday evening, they toured together in the '80s -- something she proved with charming photographic evidence.
It will be a third marriage for the five-time Grammy winner. Judd split with her second husband in 2007 and has a teenage son and daughter with her first husband, whom she broke up with in 1998.