Margie Willett aka Marjorie Willett was an American Celebrity, widely known for being the former spouse of the legendary Hollywood star, Dick Van Dyke.
Willett spends over 36 years of happily married life with Dyke and had shared four children together. She was born in 1927 in Danville, Illinois United States.
Here are 10 facts about her:
Cause of Death
Margie Willett died at the age of 81 fightings with cancer in 2008, where she diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. Dick Van had a heart-broken with the news of death, even they were separated from a long time.
Pancreatic cancer is the most common disease the cause in the older age especially after 55, which is caused by the pancreas cell disorder in the DNA.
Net Worth before Death
Margie Willett had an impressive net worth of $1 million before she passed in 2008. She accumulated a massive amount of money as a companion for a divorce settlement, where her former husband Dyke has a huge fortune of $30 million as a prominent actor.
Margie Willett was once married to Hollywood star Dick Van Dyke and shares four children together. The lovebird exchanged the vow on February 12, 1948, at the radio show 'Bride and Groom',on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. The former couple got divorced on 4th of May 1984.
Willett and Dyke were sponsored by the producer of the radio show for their marriage ceremony under the condition of their wedding in his show 'Bride and Groom'. The former couple also had their honeymoon on the ticket paid by the radio producer.
Margie Willett was a mother of four children; two sons 'Barry Van Dyke' and 'Christian Van Dyke', and two daughters 'Stacy Van Dyke' and 'Carrie Beth van Dyke'. Christian is an American actor, who is the first child of the former couple.
Barry Van Dyke is an actor born on July 31, 1951, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. He is the son of Margie Willett with her former husband Dick Van Dyke.
In Margie Willett marriage life, she suffered a miscarriage with a twins baby of Dyke.
Husband's Extra-marital Affair
Margie Willett husband Dyke, got into an extra-marital affair with his agent’s secretary Michelle Triola. He felt guilt and came out about an affair with his wife in 1976.
Dick paid a huge amount for the settlement with Michelle, which kept bugging lovebird's relationship. The former couple came with the decision of split-up and officially got divorced in 1984.
Lived in car
Before limelight, Hollywood star Dick had very tough times in his early marriage day, where he couldn't even earn money for a house. Dick and his wife Margie Willet lived in their car for several months.
Low Profile Life
Margie Willett lived the life out of the spotlight and maintained her privacy till death. Even though being the wife of Hollywood star, she didn't like any media attention and kept herself far from cameras. After the divorced with Dick Van, she was totally disappeared from the media.
In Late 40's Margie Willett and her former husband, Dyke had a very hard time to survive in their newly married life. She got into the prescription drugs addiction, where Dick was lead into an alcoholic. The former couple were sent to the same rehabilitation centre for treatment.