Nancy Dolman, 58, died of natural causes, People reports, though it is not confirmed that she died of cancer as suspected. The mother of three grown children, her life and marriage to actor and comedian Martin Short was cut tragically short after a 911 call was made from her home in Los Angeles. L.A. County Coroner Chief Craig told People, “[Nancy Dolman] was under the care of a private physician for a natural disease. There will be no coroner involvement.” Apart from her husband, she leaves behind daughter Katherine, 26 and her sons Oliver and Henry, 24 and 21.
According to IMDB, Dolman portrayed Annie Selig in 10 episodes of “Soap” from 1980 to 1981. She was born in Toronto.
While we have all lost loved ones in our lives, when celebrities lose their spouses, those losses enter the public conscience; fans and readers identify with their loss and wonder how they will fare. Actor and comedian Gene Wilder lost his wife, Gilda Radner, in 1989 to ovarian cancer. Radner was famous in her own right for creating outrageously naïve or over-the-top humorous characters like Emily Litella, Baba Wawa, and Roseanne, Rosannadanna on “Saturday Night Live.”
In 2005, Dom DeLuise described how Radner appeared and Wilder’s reaction in the Washington Post: “I was at a dinner party at Mel Brooks’s house and Gilda came in, with no hair, wearing a scarf around her head, kissing everyone and saying, ‘I’m still here, I’m still here.’ When she passed away, no matter what you said to Gene, his face didn’t move. He was just stunned and numb.”
Wilder was himself diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in 1999, according to the Washington Post, but today is in complete remission. After Radner passed, he married Karen Boyer in 1991, a woman he has described as the love of his life. They live in Connecticut in a home given to Wilder by Radner.
Life goes on despite loss, and Gene Wilder has, like most of us, had his share. There is no way to know how Martin Short will cope with the loss of his wife; we all manage grief in different ways. Jimmy Stewart, for instance, seemed to have taken to seclusion after the death of his beloved wife Gloria. He never got over her death. Only time will tell how Martin Short carries on. Here’s wishing him and his family the best during this painful time in their lives.
Ken Lee, “Coroner: Martin Short’s Wife Died of Natural Causes” People
David Segal, “Gene Wilder: It Hurts to Laugh” Washington Post
IMDB.com, “Gene Wilder”
Biography, “Biography of Jimmy Stewart”