Star Trek star William Shatner, 88, files for divorce from wife

Star Trek vet William Shatner, 88, files for divorce from wife of 18 years Elizabeth, 61, but ‘with a prenup and no kids it should be final soon’

  • Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on TV’s Star Trek, has filed for divorce 
  • The news broke Tuesday but the divorce process has already been in the works 
  • There was a prenup in place and neither is asking for spousal support
  • The couple of 18 years also never had any children together
  • So it has been claimed by TMZ the divorce process will be speedy 

William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on TV’s Star Trek, has filed for divorce from his wife of 18 years, Elizabeth.

The news broke on Tuesday but the divorce process has already been in the works for a while. And TMZ noted that because there was a prenup in place, they never had children together and neither is asking for spousal support, the divorce should be finalized fairly soon.

Elizabeth, 61, is the 88-year-old star’s fourth wife. 

Done: William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on TV’s Star Trek, has filed for divorce from his wife of 18 years, Elizabeth. Seen in 2018

Easy break: The news broke on Tuesday but the divorce process has been in the works for a while. And TMZ noted that because there was a prenup in place and neither is asking for spousal support, the divorce should be finalized fairly soon; seen in 2011

‘The Shatners are still negotiating the financial terms,’ a source told the site.

‘Per the terms of the prenup, neither party will receive any support from the other,’ the insider added. Shatner is reportedly worth $100M.

His lawyer is Laura Wasser who worked with Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian. 

William has three other ex-wives.

Big series: William was on Star Trek from 1966 until 1966; seen with Kathie Browne, and Jason Evers in 1966

Another hit series: The fan favorite was on Boston Legal from 2004 until 2008; seen with the late Rene Auberjonois

They are Canadian actress Gloria Rand, whom he was wed to from 1956 until 1969. Together Shatner and Rand had three daughters Leslie, 61, Lisabeth, 58, and Melanie, 55. 

Next he got married to Marcy Lafferty, whom he was wed to from 1973 until 1996. 

His third wife was Nerine Kidd, whom he was wed to from 1997 until 1999. 

This is Elizabeth’s second divorce. Her first husband was Michael Glenn Martin, 88.  

William was on Star Trek from 1966 until 1966. Other notable TV shows include TJ Hooker (1982 until 1986) and Boston Legal from 2004 until 2008.

The Canadian was also on Better Late Than Never from 2016 to 2017.

His last film was Devil’s Revenge with Jackie Dallas which came out this year.

WILLIAM’S MANY LOVES 

He is well known for his TV and movie work in his 60 year career.

William wed beautiful actress Gloria Rand (née Rabinowitz) in 1956

But Shatner has also had a colorful love life that resulted in four marriages and three daughters.

Love came early for William who wed beautiful actress Gloria Rand (née Rabinowitz) in 1956.

Their daughters include Leslie, 61, Lisabeth, 58, and Melanie, 55.

Their marriage crumbled when he was making the hit TV series Star Trek. 

They divorced in 1969.

But love came again when he met Marcy Lafferty, who is the daughter of All In The Family producer Perry Lafferty. 

They tied the knot in 1973.

They never had kids together, but made great mates with her often accompanying him on his film sets.

But love came again when he met Marcy Lafferty. They tied the knot in 1973

This was one of his most prolific work times. He made the Star Trek movies Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) as well as the TekWars movies.

But their marriage ended in 1996.

A year later the screen star wed Nerine Kidd, his third wife.

But their union was cut short when she died in 1999 (August 9, 1999 to be exact). 

She was only 40-years-old at the time.

Shatner found her body in the bottom of their swimming pool when he came home at 10 pm. 

No foul play was suspected and it was considered an accident even though the autopsy discovered she had alcohol and Valium (diazepam) in her blood.  

He later said in an interview that she ‘meant everything’ to him and was his ‘soul mate.’  

With Nerine Kidd, his third wife, who died at age 40 after being found in the bottom of their swimming pool

He later talked about her struggle with addiction in a TV interview: ‘My wife, whom I loved dearly, and who loved me, was suffering with a disease that we don’t like to talk about: alcoholism. And she met a tragic ending because of it.’

In his 2008 book Up Till Now: The Autobiography he said his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy, a former addict, tried to help Nerine.

He wrote, ‘Nimoy’s personal experience of alcoholism now came to play a central role in my life and it helped us bond together in a way I never could have imagined in the early days of Star Trek. After Nerine [Kidd] and I had been to dinner with Leonard and Susan Nimoy one evening, Leonard called and said: “Bill, you know she’s an alcoholic?” I said I did.

‘I married Nerine in 1997, against the advice of many and my own good sense. But I thought she would give up alcohol for me. We had a celebration in Pasadena, and Leonard was my best man. I woke up about eight o’clock the next morning and Nerine was drunk. She was in rehab for 30 days three different times. Twice she almost drank herself to death. Leonard took Nerine to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but she did not want to quit.’ 

In 2001 he wed his fourth wife Elizabeth.  

They lasted 18 years but now William and wife Elizabeth are working through a divorce; seen here at the Emmys in 2004

 

 

 

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