Facts of Margie Willett
|Full Name:||Margie Willett|
|Birth Date:||, 1927|
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Margie Willett is the ex-wife of the famous American actor cum comedian Dick Van Dyke. She is the mother of his four children. A look back into their married life and why they got separated!
Margie Willett’s years 1948-1984
Dick Van Dyke started work in 1947. After one year, he got married to Margie Willett. The date was 12 February 1948 and they were at Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in LA. The marriage took place on the radio show named Bride and Groom.
The married life was happy in the initial years and the couple had four children named Christian, Barry, Stacy, and Carrie Beth. But soon conflicts erupted in their married life and they separated. There was a long period of separation after which the couple in 1984 legally divorced.
Margie Willett’s husband, and divorce
The couple faced a lot of issue in their relationships. Husband Dick had admitted that he was unfaithful to his wife. Dick Van Dyke had a longtime companion named Michelle Triola whom he knew since 1976 and this companionship lasted for more than 3 decades until her death in 2009.
After her death, Dick started dating Arlene Silver in 2012. Hence infidelity in the relationship from the side of Dick Van Dyke was the reason for the separation and divorce of the couple. Dick has also mentioned this in his memoir.
The couple has 5 grandchildren named Shane, Carey, Taryn, Wes, and Jessica. They also have 5 great-grandchildren named Alex, Ava, Gracie, Jane, and Mia Van Dyke. A large family indeed!
Margie Willett’s personal life
Margie Willett always had led a very quiet life. Though she had married a Hollywood actor, she rarely made any public appearances. She had tried to provide a normal life to her children trying to keep them out of the glamour world.
She did make some very, very few red carpet appearances with her husband in support of his career. But most of these appearances were in the early part of their married life.
Margie Willett’s career
Margie Willett was only a homemaker and was a good mother to her kids. She lived a low key life and raised her children. She did not pursue any of her own dreams or career. It is not known what she was doing when she met and started dating Dick Van Dyke. There is no news whatsoever about the days she met Dick and how the meeting had taken place. It is also not known whether Margie Willett was into any profession when she met Dick Van Dyke.
Margie Willett’s early life
Similarly, there is no information related to Margie Willett’s exact date and place of birth. It is said that she was born in 1927. She was raised in Danville, Illinois. The names and other details about her parents, siblings, and birth family is also missing.
It is also known which school she attended and whether she had later taken up any further studies in college or university. Information about her educational qualifications is also lacking.
Margie Willett’s death
Margie Willett died in the year 2008 at age 81. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. Even though Dick and Margie were staying separate, Dick had said that he was heartbroken with the news of her death.
Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins
Dick has reprised his “Step in Time” number in 2016, at the age of 90! The event was the 60th anniversary of Disneyland.