Martin Short's memoir details touching relationship with late wife

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Martin Short's New Memoir Shows Touching Relationship with Late Wife

You usually don't expect the goofiest comedians to say the most poignant things, but Martin Short's new memoir highlights a sensitive and touching side to the actor that may bring you to tears.

In the funnyman's new book, 'I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend,' the Emmy Award winning actor opens up about his life, love and loss.

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LOS ANGELES - 1989: Actor and comedian Martin Short poses with wife, Nancy Dolman and kids, Katherine Elizabeth and Oliver Patrick for a portrait in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 17: Martin Short (2nd right), wife Nancy (center), and their children (l. to r.), Katherine, Henry and Oliver, get together at Tavern on the Green during an after-party following the opening night performance of Short's Broadway musical, 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 17: Martin Short's wife, Nancy, and their children (l. to r.), Katherine, Henry and Oliver, get together at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on W. 45th St. before attending the opening night performance of the Broadway musical 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, actor Martin Short and his wife Nancy Dolman arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif. Short's manager on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 said that Dolman, Short's wife of 30 years, has died. She was 58. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
Martin Short and his wife Nancy Dolman attend a party at the grand opening of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Television personality Jay Leno, second left, and his wife Mavis Nicholson, left, and actor Martin Short, second right, and his wife Nancy Dolman arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actor Martin Short and his wife Nancy Dolman arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, actor Martin Short and his wife Nancy Dolman arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 06: Martin Short and Nancy Dolman arrive at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Actor Martin Short and wife, actress Nancy Dolman attend the 2009 Shakespeare in the Park opening night gala performance of 'Twelfth Night' at the Delacorte Theater on June 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK-AUGUST 15: Comedian Martin Short and wife Nancy Dolman arrive at the Roseland Ballroom for the Broadway musical Hairspray opening night after party August 15, 2002, in New York City. The musical is based on the 1988 film of the same name. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
THE 50TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Nominee Martin Short, wife Nancy Dolman on the red carpet at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on September 13, 1998 -- Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank
Martin Short and wife Nancy Dolman (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - 1989: Actor and comedian Martin Short poses with wife, Nancy Dolan and kids, Katherine Elizabeth and Oliver Patrick for a portrait in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images
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His musings about his continued relationship with his late wife Nancy Dolman, who he lost to ovarian cancer in 2010, are incredibly emotional.

Like so many who've lost the ones they love, Short is keeping Nancy as a major part of his life. He writes in the book: "So some night, when I'm really missing her, I'll grab a rum and Coke at twilight and sit on the couch on our front porch, or perhaps upstairs, on the balcony off of our bedroom, with the Pacific Ocean in view'. 'I'll call out, 'Hey, Nan'! Forming the words just feels good in the throat."

Short and his beloved wife met in the mid 70s, and he explains it was basically love at first site. The two were married for 36 years and had three children. The actor explains that just because you can't see his late love, doesn't mean she isn't there.

"These, our talks, go on internally, not out loud. You won't find me sitting out there chattering away, switching seats, schizophrenically playacting both parts ... but we do talk, Nancy and I, and I can totally hear where she agrees with me and where she disagrees."


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