The Week (US)

Shatner on love and loss


William Shatner spent lockdown with his fourth wife, said Hadley Freeman in The Guardian (U.K.)—an unexpected living arrangemen­t considerin­g the pair divorced in early 2020. “That’s a long story,” says the actor, 90. Has he considered getting un-divorced? “Well, that’s always hanging there and that makes the relationsh­ip really good.” Shatner and Elizabeth married in 2001, two years after the death of his third wife, Nerine Kidd. The Star Trek actor came home one evening and found her drowned in their pool. Kidd, who was 40 and an alcoholic, had taken valium and been drinking. Shatner sometimes berates himself for not doing more to save her. “We were so much in love but I didn’t understand addiction.” He has since founded a halfway house for women battling addiction. “Women come up to me and say, ‘You saved my life.’ But not me; it was Nerine.” Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock, helped Shatner through the “searing pain” of his grief. “He was my dearest friend. We talked about all kinds of things, about divorce and children.” The two men grew apart before Nimoy’s 2015 death; Shatner still doesn’t understand why. “It was so bizarre. But his daughter told me not long ago, ‘He really loved you.’ And that moved me to tears.”

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