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Martin Short Talks About ‘Tough’ Loss Of His Wife To Ovarian Cancer

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Jan. 31 2019, Published 3:04 p.m. ET

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Martin Short has opened up about tragically losing his wife of 30 years.

“Our marriage was a triumph. So it’s tough,” Short told AARP of Nancy Dolman’s passing from ovarian cancer.

“She died in 2010, but I still communicate with her all the time,” he noted. “It’s ‘Hey Nan,’ you know? How would she react to this decision or that, especially regarding our three kids,” Henry, 30, Oliver, 27, and Katherine, 24.

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Despite the family’s loss, the 68-year-old Father of the Bride actor insisted Dolman, who he met in 1972 and married eight years later, is still a presence in his life.

“The idea that it just ends, and don’t speak of them—that’s wrong….to me, she’s still here,” he said.

The major lesson Short said he began embracing after Dolman died was to be even “more pragmatic” with the important things in life.

“For decades, I’ve maintained a list according to several categories of well-being: health, family, friends, money, career, creativity, self-discipline and lifestyle,” he noted.

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“Periodically I give myself a report card…Health: Have I had my annual physical? Friends: Do I need to phone so-and-so? To me life is a practical experience each day, with a coating of 'Be as happy as you can be’ on top,” he said.

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