Margie Willett’s Wiki and Death

Unfortunately, we don’t have any exact information regarding the birthday of Margie Willett, so therefore her zodiac sign is unknown, but we do know that she was born in 1927, and died in 2009. Margie, American by nationality, was best known as the wife of Dick Van Dyke, an acclaimed actor and producer best known for working on cinematic and television projects such as “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

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Being married to a famous person, Margie was often put under the spotlight, and many people wondered about her early and formative years as well as her family and income, and we’ll cover those subjects in this article.

Net Worth

So just how rich was Margie Willett? According to authoritative sources, she had a net worth estimated at $15 million_, whereas her ex-husband has a net worth of $50 million. She didn’t share any information about her assets such as vehicles and houses, but was seemingly financially stable.

Ethnicity and Background

Speaking about Willett’s ethnicity, she was Caucasian and had black hair and brown eyes, which suited her complexion. Judging from the photos available on the internet, in her youth Margie had a fit figure and took good care of herself, indicating that she put time and effort into her looks. She was often praised for her elegant fashion style. However, she didn’t disclose information about her education, nor did she speak about her early life, leaving many unanswered questions.

Dick Van Dyke and Margie Willett

Relationship Status

Margie married van Dyke in 1948, at the Chapman Park Hotel, on Wilshire Boulevard, and was covered on the radio show “Bride and Groom”. They had four children from this marriage – sons Christian and Barry and daughters Stacy and Carrie Beth. However, their marriage fell through in 1984 and they divorced after a separation.

Having divorced Van Dyke, Margie became more secretive and didn’t share any information about her private life with the media.

Absence of any potential love interest from her life lead many to believe that she was single, however, she never confirmed or denied anything. Margie died from pancreatic cancer in 2009.

On the other hand, Van Dyke went on to live with Michelle Triola for more than three decades, before she also died in 2009. Van Dyke had another marriage – in 2012 he married Arlene Silver who is 46 younger than him, with whom he seemingly still lives happily today. Van Dyke has seven grandchildren.

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His son Chris worked as a district attorney for Marion County, Oregon in the ‘80s. His granddaughter Jessica tragically died from Reye’s syndrome, and asa result of that, he did numerous commercials raising public awareness of the danger of aspirin to children.

Son Barry

Out of four of their children, their son Barry decided to follow his father’s footsteps, becoming a worldwide known actor. Born on 31 July 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Barry most notably worked on projects such as “Diagnosis Murder”, “Remington Steele” and “Magnum, P.I.”.

Dick Van Dyke Career

Van Dyke made his acting debut in 1957, when he appeared in two episodes of “The Phil Silvers Show”, and followed by working on projects such as “True Story”, “The United States Steel Hour” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. He continued working in support roles, and finally in 1964, he landed the role of Bert / Mr. Dawes Senior in “Mary Poppins”, working alongside actors such as Julie Andrews and David Tomlinson.

The mentioned movie ultimately received vast success and an overwhelmingly positive response from the audience and critics, being rewarded with five Oscar awards in categories such as Best Music, Substantially Original Score, Best Music, Original Song and Best Effects, Special Visual Effects. In addition to that, “Mary Poppins” became a cult children’s movie, still beloved by many, which gave Van Dyke more exposure and helped his meteoric rise to fame. As of 1968, the audience was able to see him in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, an adventure family movie that received mediocre to positive response.

Latter Career

During the ‘70s, the actor worked on projects such as “The New Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show”. As of 1992, he appeared in  the TV movie “Diagnosis Murder” as Dr. Mike Sloan, starring alongside his son Barry, and in the same year, he worked on the spin-off film, entitled “Diagnosis Murder: The House on Sycamore Street”. Continuing to work at a fast pace, in 1993 he joined the cast of the TV adaptation of “Diagnosis Murder” through 2001, and 178 episodes.

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When it comes to Van Dyke’s most recent projects, those include “The Dick Van Dyke Show: Now in Living Color!”, “Buttons” and “Capture the Flag” and, as we can see, he’s seemingly not planning on retiring, as he’s still active in the entertainment field despite being in the 10th decade of his life. To conclude, Dick van Dyke has had 81 acting gigs, and there maybe more to come for him. His efforts have been recognized countless times, aa he’s been rewarded with awards such as Tony Award in the category of Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment and Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series and People’s Choice Award.

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