Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Thanks for voting - again, a somewhat surprising result. 60% of votes were cast by those who believe that Bill Shatner would rather dodge the hair question, even with a loved one. Since Bill Shatner's three daughters obviously know he's bald (and likely always did), let's look instead at Bill Shatner's four wives:
Gloria Rand (married 1956-1969). Toupee style - "Jim Kirk lace":
Gloria was married to Bill Shatner as his hair started to thin. Shats started wearing toupees, at first only on-screen, but by the end of their marriage, off-screen too. She knew everything, so Bill Shatner never had to have a revelation moment with her.
Marcy Lafferty (married 1973-1994). Toupee style - "Lost Years" and "TJ Curly":
Interestingly, Bill Shatner met Marcy Lafferty in the midst of his mid-1970s doldrums when his toupees were at their very worst. Marcy seems like a very nice person and she likely made Shats feel comfortable enough with himself that in private he could remove the toupee and feel that he would be loved no less. Yet, Bill Shatner seems to have been the dominant one in this marriage, and he likely set the boundaries about how much the toup could or could not be discussed.
Nerine Kidd (married 1997-1999). Toupee style - "TJ Curly":
Bill Shatner's relationship with Nerine Kidd was a complicated one. One the one hand, he was cast in the ultimately futile position of trying to cure a person's alcohol addiction with his love. He tragically learned that such a dynamic is impossible - that the addict must decide that the pain caused to loved ones and to oneself is motivation enough to seek help. Yet, on the other hand, this was a relationship, from how Bill Shatner has described it, that was also full of great highs; full of playfulness and craziness. In this context, Nerine might have been the kind of person to hide Bill Shatner's toupee in the morning, just to tease him. Or she may have even persuaded him to go out incognito without the toup just for the thrill of it.
Elizabeth (married 2001-). Toupee style "Denny Crane plugs (possibly still a toupee)":
The two became friends after Bill Shatner's third wife Nerine drowned tragically in 1999. Elizabeth had also recently lost her spouse, with her husband succumbing to cancer in 1997. That friendship soon turned to love. It is difficult to know where the toupee fits in here. By this point, Bill Shatner's baldness/toupee was being lampooned by comics, and even Bill Shatner was making subtle references to it. Thus, the dynamic here is one of greater honesty; of healing and openness. Yet, with the semi-perma-toup or plugs that Bill Shatner now has, the hair doesn't come off at night. Does that mean that Elizabeth rarely sees her husband bald? Has the issue even been discussed? Was she the one to tell him to get rid of the "TJ Curly" look? We really don't know.