Sunday, April 14, 2024

William Shatner Wants Out of 18 Year Marriage — His Fourth– At Age 88: Adult Kids May Be Bidding for Him


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.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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