Another Hollywood marriage is sadly heading for dissolution, according to recent reports.
Television and movie star William Shatner has separated — and is in the process of obtaining a divorce — from wife Elizabeth, to whom he has been married for 18 years, TMZ reports.
Divorce nearly final
Citing the couple’s divorce papers, the gossip outlet noted that the 88-year-old Shatner first separated from his 61-year-old wife in February 2019.
The divorce proceedings are expected to go smoothly due to the fact that there was a prenuptial agreement in place, they had no children together, and neither side is seeking spousal support.
In essence, all that is needed at this point is for a judge to sign off on the divorce documents for the famed Star Trek actor to once again be a single man.
The Daily Mail reported that just five years ago, Shatner had nothing but good things to say about Elizabeth in a 2014 interview with The Guardian in which he praised her “combination of beauty, style, intelligence, humor” and love of children and animals, all of which led him to consider himself “lucky” to be in a relationship with her.
It would appear that all of that was insufficient to keep their relationship going in perpetuity, however, though no reasons for their split have been made public.
Elizabeth, whom he married in 2001, is Shatner’s fourth wife. The Daily Mail noted that he was first married to actress Gloria Rand from 1956 to 1969, with whom he had three daughters — Leslie, Lisabeth, and Melanie — who range in age from 61 to 55, oldest to youngest.
Following his split from Rand, Shatner was married to Marcy Lafferty from 1973 to 1996. Shortly after divorcing her, he then married Nerine Kidd in 1997.
His marriage to Kidd was tragically cut short just two years later, when she was found dead in 1999 at the bottom of a swimming pool at their home. No foul play was suspected, and an autopsy revealed alcohol and Valium in her system.
The Canadian-born Shatner is arguably best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the famed but short-lived Star Trek TV series and related feature films.
He is also known for the 1980s police drama T.J. Hooker and, more recently, TV shows like Boston Legal in the mid-2000s and Better Late Than Never in 2016-2017. In addition, he has made cameo appearances in a number of commercials and films and is a mainstay on the comic book and sci-fi convention circuits.