It’s been four years since Martin Short lost the love of his life, wife Nancy, to ovarian cancer, but the comedian admits he can constantly feel her presence.
“I’m still very much married to Nancy,” the 64-year-old writes in his new memoir, “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend.”
“In our thirty-six years together we became so intimately familiar with the workings of each other’s minds that I can convincingly play out the conversations we would be having today, about things that postdate Nancy’s death,” he sweetly adds of events like “the arrival of HRH Prince George of Cambridge and such curiosities as twerking.”
And on the nights that he’s really missing her, “I’ll grab a rum and Coke at twilight…I’ll call out, ‘Hey, Nan!’ Forming the words just feels good in the throat.”
The pair originally met on the set of a Toronto production of “Godspell” in 1974. They were married six years later in 1980 and went on to have three children together.
Sometimes, the Canadian-born will even act out a bit the couple used to do. Nancy would say ‘Hand of a hand,’ which signals Martin to put his right hand in her left. He would then say ‘Kiss the Hand’ and she would lift his up and kiss it.
“I still offer my hand to Nancy – it’s how I initiate our conversations,” the “Father of the Bride” star lovingly writes.
“I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend” is currently available on Amazon.