Martin Short isn’t his ordinary comedic self as he mourns the loss of his wife of 30 years. His wife, Nancy Dolman, was only 58 years old and passed away in their California home on Aug. 21. She was an actress, and was best known for her work on the television series Soap and various other individual episodes for television shows. She had been battling with cancer since a growth was found in her left groin about three years ago. It has not yet been released, but the rumored cause of death is that cancer eventually took its toll on the actress only three years after diagnosis.
It’s difficult to move on after the death of a loved one, especially when you’re constantly in the public eye. Liam Neeson was in a similar predicament in 2009 when his wife, Natasha Richardson, passed away suddenly. She hit her head in a skiing accident, and the injury proved to be fatal. Richardson had been in such popular films such as The Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan, Asylum, and many more.
It appears that Neeson threw himself into his work to deal with the loss. In the past year, he has filmed parts in six major motion pictures, more than any previous year of his career. This year, he was featured in: Unknown White Male, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Next Three Days, The A-Team, Clash of the Titans, and The Wildest Dream. The star has found it difficult to do anything besides stay busy since the recent and sudden passing of his wife. Throwing himself into something they both loved allows him to stay close and remember the good times they shared during their marriage and life together.
2009 saw another tragic loss on Sept. 14. Patrick Swayze had been battling pancreatic cancer for almost two years before the fight was lost. His wife of 30 years, Lisa Niemi, had no idea how to cope. She had been an actress and dancer in productions such as Beat Angel and One Last Dance where she had written, produced, and starred in the films with Swayze. After the diagnosis, she dedicated her life to trying to help him make the best of his. She gave everything she had and then some to get as close to her husband as possible because their time was limited.
No matter how much she tried to prepare herself for this loss, she explains, that when it happened, she still wasn’t ready. Losing a loved one is so tragic, and Niemi explained at a women’s conference just how when one partner in a couple passes the other can pass shortly after. You’re body is not your own when you lose that loved one, and it’s easy to let it wither and join them. She hasn’t worked on any films since then and seeks happiness by helping others cope with their loss. She has devoted her future to the women’s foundation and to providing advice for those who have lost loved ones who need to move on and continue living.
There are many different ways people respond to losing a loved one. Liam Neeson threw himself into his career to keep busy. Lisa Nieme dedicated her future to helping others. I personally tried my best to forget everything until I’m ready for the memories to slowly come back. Each scenario is different, and it’s difficult to predict which path Martin Short will choose after the tragic loss of his wife.
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