Martin Short’s wife, Nancy Dolman, has died at the age of 58. The pair had been married for 30 years.
News of Dolman’s passing sent Web searches soaring for her biography, photos, and cause of death. E! Online reports that Dolman had been battling cancer for three years. RadarOnline.com reports that “there will be no funeral service for the actor’s wife per her own wishes.”
Short and Dolman met while working together on a Canadian production of the musical “Godspell” in the 1970s. A blog dedicated to the musical’s production hosts Dolman’s original biography from the program.
According to The Toronto Star, that Canadian production had quite the cast. In addition to Short and Dolman, the cast included the late Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, and Victor Garber, most famous for his work on “Alias.” And that’s not all: The musical director was none other than Paul Shaffer of “Late Show With David Letterman” fame.
Ms. Dolman had other acting roles, including one on the popular ABC sitcom “Soap,” in which she played Annie Selig. She retired from acting in 1985 to focus on raising the three children she had with Martin.
Popeater explains that Short is sadly no stranger to death in the family: “In a 1984 interview with People, the actor spoke of losing his oldest brother in an auto accident when Martin was only 12, and of the deaths of both his parents before he was 21.”
On his parents’ deaths, Martin once remarked, “I never looked at it as if it was a tragedy — that I didn’t have them my whole life. You learn some sense of priorities. Our whole family took the attitude that if you have wonderful moments, don’t second-guess them, just enjoy them.”