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Today in Soap Opera History (August 21)

1975: Mary and Jack shared their first kiss on Ryan's Hope.

1979: The identity of Edge of Night's "Tobias" was revealed.

1979: Guiding Light's Alan bonded with hope on a deserted island.

1995: One Life to Live's Max told hospitalized Luna to hold on."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1967: On Another World, Pat Randolph (Beverly Penberthy) introduced Rachel Davis (Robin Strasser) to her Aunt Liz Matthews (Audra Lindley).

1975: On Ryan's Hope, Mary Ryan (Kate Mulgrew) declined when Bob Reid (Earl Hindman) asked her out, but accepted an invitation from Jack Fenelli (Michael Levin) to join him for coffee.
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Watch: Martin Short Speaks Out On Kathie Lee's Gaffe

Watch: Martin Short Speaks Out On Kathie Lee's Gaffe
Martin Short has seemingly accepted Kathie Lee Gifford's apology. While speaking with E! News, Short was asked about the "Today" show incident in which Gifford asked about his relationship with his now deceased wife.

When Short appeared on NBC's "Today" on Wednesday, Gifford praised his relationship with his late wife Nancy Dolman and said, “He and Nancy have got one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?" Short answered and said, “We, uh, married 36 years.”

Nancy Dolman passed away nearly two years ago.

"I think that it's live television and people make mistakes and there's no ill will intended," Short told E! News. "And I think it's nice to aspire to be kind of elegant."

Gifford apologized on-air and later took to Twitter to send her regards to Short.

Watch Short's response above and the initial conversation below.
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Martin Short Accepts Kathie Lee Gifford's Apology

Martin Short Accepts Kathie Lee Gifford's Apology
Actor Martin Short has accepted presenter Kathie Lee Gifford's apology after she quizzed him about his marriage to his late wife during a live U.S. TV interview on Wednesday.

The funnyman was a guest on breakfast show Today when host Gifford began probing his personal life and praising Short's long marriage to tragic Nancy Dolman, clearly unaware she had died two years ago.

Short handled the uncomfortable chat with grace and skirted over the questions on air, prompting a mortified Gifford to take to her Twitter.com account to acknowledge the insensitive blunder later that day.

And owning up to her mistake after the show, she took to Twitter.com and wrote, "I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/ (with) enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful."

And the Father of the Bride star has since made peace with Gifford over the incident, insisting he knew she meant no harm.

He tells E! News, "I think that it's live television and people make mistakes and there's no ill will intended."

Kathie Lee's Martin Short gaffe: Worse than her James Taylor blunder, or when she made a kid cry?

Kathie Lee's Martin Short gaffe: Worse than her James Taylor blunder, or when she made a kid cry?
By now, you probably know the story: Martin Short appeared on the fourth hour of Today yesterday to promote Madagascar 3. Partway through his conversation with co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, Gifford jovially asked Short to talk about his marriage — apparently unaware that Short’s wife, actress Nancy Dolman, died of ovarian cancer in 2010. The former SNL star took Gifford’s clueless questions in stride, even though his heart must have been breaking… especially when Gifford went on to ask if he and Dolman were still in love, or how they make each other laugh. Eeeesh.

In hindsight,
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Kathie Lee Gifford Is Not Alone! Five Other Cringe-Worthy TV Interviews

Kathie Lee Gifford Is Not Alone! Five Other Cringe-Worthy TV Interviews
It was the question that launched a thousand cringes. Kathie Lee Gifford made a pretty huge blunder Wednesday morning on Today when she asked Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted star Martin Short about his wife, Nancy Dolman. The problem? Dolman died of ovarian cancer in 2010.  Still, Gifford isn't alone; here are five other TV interviews that had us covering our eyes, pressing the mute button on our remotes and/or left our jaws on the floor: 1. Megan Fox: The pregnant star's interview with Et's Steve Jones turned sour fast when the former X Factor host did something he wasn't supposed to: ask about her pregnancy! "Do you know the ultimate gadget that...
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Why Did Kathie Lee Gifford Apologize To Martin Short?

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Why Did Kathie Lee Gifford Apologize To Martin Short?
Kathie Lee Gifford hit Twitter on Wednesday to apologize to Martin Short for asking the actor about what makes his marriage work so well, not realizing the "Madagascar 3" star's wife passed away in 2010.

"He and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?" Kathie asked.

"36 years," Martin said.

"But you're still in love?" Kathie continued.

"Madly in love," he replied, quietly.

Martin's wife, Nancy Dolman, passed away in 2010, due to natural causes, People reported.

"I send my sincerest apologies ...

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Kathie Lee Gifford helps Martin Short promote Madagascar 3 by asking about his late wife

Martin Short appeared on the bogged-down Fourth Circle of Today this morning, braving the wine-soaked winds of Kathie Lee Gifford to promote his role in Madagascar 3. The result was one of the more memorably awkward moments on a show comprised of almost nothing but: A typically auto-piloted Gifford downshifted into standard daytime talk show blather by asking about Short's marriage to wife Nancy Dolman, asking, "How many years now for you guys?"—a blandly standard, innocuous question, save for the sad fact that Dolman died of ovarian cancer in 2010. The always-gracious Short kept up anyway, replying that ...
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Watch Kathie Lee Gifford Really Blow It on Today Bringing Up Martin Short's Late Wife

Watch Kathie Lee Gifford Really Blow It on Today Bringing Up Martin Short's Late Wife
Kathie Lee Gifford may be in need of more coffee. She and Hoda Kotb were talking to Martin Short about Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted on the Today show Wednesday, and all was going well. The actor was being his usual boisterous self. Gifford asked him about his youngest son's recent graduation from Notre Dame and how the rest of the Short brood was doing. But then she added, "And he and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?" Unfortunately, the well-meaning but underprepared Gifford meant had. Short's wife, Nancy Dolman, died in August 2010 of ovarian cancer. But Gifford ended up none the wiser, as far...
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Kathie Lee Gifford Asks Martin Short About His (Late) Wife

Kathie Lee Gifford Asks Martin Short About His (Late) Wife
Someone wasn't adequately prepared for her interview Wednesday morning. In what was clearly a gaffe, Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford, appearing live on the air, asked actor - and widower, since 2010 - Martin Short the secret to his great marriage to wife Nancy, including how they still make each other laugh. "How many years are you in love with her now?" inquired Gifford. Short, already looking stricken, quietly replied, "Thirty-six."Short's wife, Nancy Dolman, died of natural causes after battling cancer, though a publicist for the actor at the time of his wife's death declined to comment on the cause.
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Martin Short Brushes Off Embarrassing TV Interview About Late Wife

Martin Short Brushes Off Embarrassing TV Interview About Late Wife
Actor Martin Short brushed off marriage questions from TV presenter Kathy Lee Gifford during a live U.S. show on Wednesday - because his tragic wife Nancy Dolman died two years ago.

The funnyman was promoting his upcoming movie Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted on breakfast programme Today when conversation turned toward his personal life.

However, interviewer Gifford failed to conduct proper research and she applauded Short's long-lived marriage to comedienne Dolman, who lost her battle with cancer in 2010, setting the stage for a very awkward chat.

But gracious Short kept his cool, skirting over the issue instead of calling out the 58-year-old host on air.

Gifford said, "He and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in showbusiness. How many years now for you guys?", to which he responded, "We (had been) married for 36 years."

Gifford, however, kept pressing, saying, "But you're still, like, in love?" Short forced a small smile and responded, "Madly, madly in love."

Fans watching the awkward interview were mortified, taking to Twitter.com to fire off their thoughts.

One fan wrote, "Kathy Lee Gifford just had an #epicfail (sic)," while another tweeted, "Just saw Kathy Lee Gifford ask Marty Short abt (about) his wife/marriage. She died abt 2 yrs ago. Gulp! He was very gracious."

Gifford has since realised her big blunder and has taken to her Twitter page to apologise for her mistake.

She tweets, "I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/ (with) enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful."

Kathie Lee's Awkward Gaffe About Martin Short's Dead Wife

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Kathie Lee's Awkward Gaffe About Martin Short's Dead Wife
Kathie Lee Gifford walked into a cringe-worthy live TV gaffe on "Today" Wednesday morning, when she asked actor and comedian Martin Short about the state of his marriage. Gifford seemed oblivious to the fact that Short's wife Nancy Dolman passed away nearly two years ago.

Intending to pay Short a compliment, Gifford said, “And he and Nancy have got one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?” Short seemed taken aback but did his best to deal with the awkward question gracefully. He answered, “We, uh, married 36 years.”

Short's late wife Nancy Dolman reportedly battled ovarian cancer in her final years, although a coroner confirmed she died of natural causes.

The gaffe, though embarrassing for Gifford, is not unprecedented in recent daytime TV history. Elisabeth Hasselbeck made a similar mistake in a 2010 interview with actor Stanley Tucci on "The View," when she asked if his wife,
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Kathie Lee Gifford to Martin Short -- How's Your Wife ... Who Died 2 Years Ago

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It might be the most cringeworthy few seconds in TV history -- Kathie Lee Gifford asked Martin Short how his wife is doing ... one small problem ... she died 2 years ago.Martin appeared on "The Today Show" this morning to promote his new movie, "Madagascar 3" -- when Kathie asked, "And you and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?"Martin doesn't know how to respond,
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Short Returns For A Party After Family Tragedy

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Short Returns For A Party After Family Tragedy
Funnyman Martin Short is set to return to the stage for the first time since his wife's death in August for a one-night only show with Seinfeld star Jason Alexander in Los Angeles.

The star was forced to skip the Emmy Awards ceremony on 29 August following the death of his wife of 30 years, Nancy Dolman, and he has not been seen in public since.

But he'll return to the limelight on 1 November for A Party With Marty at the Saban Theatre. Alexander will be his sidekick for the evening.

Glenn Close: 'Short's wife death a tragedy'

Glenn Close: 'Short's wife death a tragedy'
Glenn Close has expressed her sadness at the recent death of Martin Short's wife Nancy Dolman. The 58-year-old died of natural causes earlier this month at the couple's California home, though rumours surfaced that she had been battling cancer. "It's a terrible tragedy," Short's Damages co-star told Us Weekly. "It's going to take a long time for him to (more)
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Martin Short's Friends & Costars Celebrate Him at the Emmys

Martin Short's Friends & Costars Celebrate Him at the Emmys
Saddened by the absence of nominee Martin Short from Sunday's Emmy Awards, friends spoke of the actor's talent, love and "extraordinary" 30-year marriage to Nancy Dolman, who died last week. "Marty is an amazing actor, and that's the least of his talents," Catherine O'Hara, an old friend and comedy colleague of Short's, told Et Canada. "He's such a beautiful, beautiful person. I love him so much, and I love his family, and I'm sorry he can't be here tonight." She added: "I think you all know how funny he is. He's just such a wise old soul, and in any situation in life,
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Possible Cause of Martin Short's Wife's Death Revealed

Possible Cause of Martin Short's Wife's Death Revealed
New details about the death of Martin Short’s wife are surfacing, and RadarOnline.com is reporting the cause may have been linked to a faulty oxygen tank. Nancy Dolman died suddenly on August 21 at the Pacific Palisades home she shared with Short in California. The Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to a 911 emergency call that morning, in which a woman said Dolman wasn’t breathing. The woman added that the 58-year-old former actress “…was on oxygen, we had problems with the gauge here in the tank, she’s off oxygen.” The operator responded by telling the woman to perform CPR on Dolman, and “If she is able to fight you she [...]
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Grieving, Martin Short to Skip Emmys

Emmy nominee Martin Short is skipping the awards ceremony on Sunday, August 29 as he continues to mourn the death of his wife, Nancy Dolman. The funnyman was expected to appear at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards as he is nominated for a best supporting actor prize for his role as an attorney in TV hit "Damages".

But he has decided to pull out of the event, following the death of Dolman, his partner of 30 years, last week. The retired actress passed away at the couple's home in Pacific Palisades, California following a reported cancer battle. A coroner's investigation determined she died of natural causes.

Short faces Emmy competition in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category from "Mad Men"'s John Slattery, Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad", "Men of a Certain Age" actor Andre Braugher as well as "Lost" stars Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson.
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Photo: Grieving Martin Short Accepts Flowers After Wife's Death

Photo: Grieving Martin Short Accepts Flowers After Wife's Death
Martin Short, a nominee for his work on FX's Damages, will skip the Emmy Awards this Sunday as he grieves the death of his wife of 30 years, Nancy Dolman. Short, 60, has been receiving condolences from those close to him, and was spotted this week accepting an arrangement of white flowers and walking with actress and comedian Catherine O'Hara, a fellow Canadian and Sctv alum. Dolman, 58, died Saturday after a 911 call was made from Short's L.A. home. A coroner official has said she died of natural causes. Best known for his comedy work, Short received the Emmy nod this year
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Martin Short's Wife Dead at 58

Martin Short's Wife Dead at 58
Martin Short’s rep has confirmed that his wife of 30 years, Nancy Dolman, died at their Pacific Palisades home in California on August 21, Popeater.com is reporting. An official cause of death for the 58-year-old former actress has not yet been released. The Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to an emergency call made from the house that morning, and was there for 30 minutes. However, no one, including Dolman, was taken to the hospital. The news comes after she announced in 2007 she was diagnosed with cancer. Dolman, who’s remembered for her recurring role as Annie Selig Tate on the sitcom ‘Soap,’ underwent surgery after the diagnosis, but it hasn’t [...]
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Nancy Dolman, Martin Short's Wife Dies

Nancy Dolman, Martin Short's wife of 30 years passed away, Short's manager, Marc Gurvitz, said Monday but provided no cause of death or any additional details. Dolman Originally from Toronto, Ontario, met Short in the legendary 1972 production of Godspell in Toronto, but they didn't begin dating until 1974. She retired from show business in 1985 to be a homemaker and full-time mother to her three children.Short, best known for his comedic roles on "Saturday Night Live" and in the "Father of the Bride" franchise.
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