Margie Willett, an American celebrity, was popular because of being the former wife of an actor, comedian, dancer, producer, and singer named Dick Van Dyke.
Her Married Life and Husband
She met with her former husband, Dyke, in the year 1947. After their first meeting, the couple started seeing each other and dating.
After a few dates, the love birds decided to take their relationship to the next level and thus got married on February 12, 1948.
They tied the knot during a live broadcast of the radio show, Bride and Groom.
The producer of the show approached them to pay for all the expenses of their wedding if they married on the show.
The couple happily accepted the offer as they did not have enough money for the wedding. The producer paid for the honeymoon as well.
The wedding ceremony was held at Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in LA.
Her Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren
She and her former husband were blessed with four children, namely Barry Van Dyke, Carrie Beth van Dyke, Stacy Van Dyke and Christian Van Dyke.
Due to miscarriage, she lost her twin children in her early years of married life.
She has great-grandchildren whose names are Alex Van Dyke, Ava Van Dyke, Gracie Van Dyke, Jane Van Dyke, and Mia Van Dyke.
She is also the grandmother of 5 grandchildren, namely Shane Van Dyke, Carey Van Dyke, Taryn Van Dyke, Wes Van Dyke, and Jessica Van Dyke.
What ended her marriage?
Dyke’s affair with his agent’s secretary, Michelle Triola Marvin, was the main reason behind their separation.
“I was drawn into a relationship. I was involved with a woman other than my wife. It was unbelievable. I was writhing in guilt.”,
The couple officially ended their marriage in 1984.
Both husband and wife were addicts
Margie had the addiction of prescription drugs while her husband had the addiction of alcohol. They even went to the same rehabilitation center for their treatment.
Her addiction to drugs took away her life in 2008, at the age of 81 years. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.
Her Former Husband’s Net Worth
Her former husband was a wealthy man with an estimated net worth of $50 million. The primary source of his earning was his acting career.
How Did Dyke Earn It?
In 1961, the famous actor played the role of Rob Petrie in CBS television sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Until now, he has appeared in a lot of movies and TV shows. His movie credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, The Comic, Cold Turkey, Dick Tracy, The Runner Stumbles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and more.
His television credits include Diagnosis: Murder, The Carol Burnett Show, Matlock, The Phil Silvers Show, and more.
Besides being a good actor, he is also a fantastic writer. Below is the list of books written by him:
|2||1970||Faith, Hope, and Hilarity|
|3||1975||Those Funny Kids!|
|4||2011||My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business|
|5||2015||Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging|
Dyke’s Awards and Achievements
His amazing acting skills has earned him five Primetime Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy Award. In 1995 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
In 2013 he received the SAG Life Achievement Award, which is Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor.
- As per Margie’s bio, she was born in 1927. She passed away in 2008.
- During World War II, her former husband planned to join the United States Army Air Forces for pilot training.
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