William Shatner certainly doesn’t look or seem like he’s 88– yes, 88– years old.
But the once and forever Capt. James T. Kirk is that age. And now he wants out of his 18 year marriage to his fourth wife.
Shatner was married three times before he hooked up with Elizabeth Martin. Before that he was married to Gloria Rand, Marcy Lafferty and Nerine Kidd.
With Rand he had three daughters, now grown and with families. One daughter, Melanie, is married to actor Joel Gretsch. Shatner divorced Gloria and married Marcy Lafferty in 1973. They were married until 1996, had no kids, but used to appear a lot on game shows before the “Star Trek” movies revived Shatner’s career. He married Nerine Kidd in 1999. She was found floating in his swimming pool in 1999. Two years later he married Elizabeth.
Shatner still has time for at least one more wife. You never know. All that time in space may have helped his longevity even though it didn’t help Spock, McCoy, Uhura, or Scottie. Why divorce now? Those three daughters and their families are probably looking at the big picture. We’ve seen this before. Shatner is said to be worth $100 million thanks to a horse farm, investments, and 14 years the pitchman for Price Line.
Of course, Elizabeth may have other ideas. But if there’s a pre-nup in place the family probably wants to oust her now rather than deal with her as a widow. It happens all the time. Casey Kasem’s family certainly wanted Jean Kasem out, but they were out. The rest was misery.
Remember, Shatner is no day at the beach. He didn’t even go to Nimoy’s funeral.