Shatner's wife glamorous, generous

Published: Friday, Aug. 20 1999 12:00 a.m. MDT

With a laugh, Chute said, she gently corrected the girl: Models call them "photographs."

Kidd quickly learned the ropes, mastering the terminology and losing her Boston accent. Soon, she was doing photo shoots and walking the runways in fashion shows. She based her career in New York but traveled to Europe, also.

Kidd had an attractive personality, Chute said, adding that she was a wisecracker who made people laugh and could laugh about herself. She was a respected model, too, and scored at least one commercial that caught people's attention: the Brut cologne ad known as "Scent of a Man."

Her modeling success brought financial rewards, and Kidd was generous toward her family, her brother said.

She "was full of energy," the younger Warren Kidd recalled with a laugh. "She was like a windup doll that never wound down."

It may have been that energy that attracted Shatner when they met in Los Angeles at a party in 1995.

Kidd's brother said the courtship grew gradually after his sister returned to New York. Long-distance phone calls led to dates, and Kidd eventually moved to Los Angeles.

In contrast to the modest recognition Kidd had achieved, Shatner -- twice divorced and 28 years her senior -- has legions of fans.

And Shatner's romantic life has long been tabloid fodder.

The stories did not seem to bother Kidd, who shuttled between New York and Los Angeles, both for work and to visit her beau, her brother said.

Kidd once asked her father what he thought about her marrying the famous, wealthy man her family had come to know as Bill.

"I said, 'Jeez, I don't know. It's your life,' " the elder Warren Kidd recalled. " 'If you love him, then go ahead. Do you love him?' "

Yes, she said.

They were wed in November '97 in Pasadena, a black-tie ceremony attended by some of Nerine's relatives. The best man was Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" series.

The Shatners traveled the world, both for business and pleasure. Though she kept her career and dabbled in acting, the younger Warren Kidd said, his sister kept Shatner as her first priority.

Nerine Kidd Shatner seemed comfortable bridging her low-key Boston upbringing with her flashy Los Angeles life, as effortlessly as she consumed both organic food and junk food, her brother said. And she always seemed excited to see her family.

The news of her death was reported this week with a cinematic flourish. Her husband, surrounded by reporters, stood outside their majestic home and choked out an emotional eulogy.

"My beautiful wife is dead," Shatner said, tears welling in his eyes. "She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears, her joy will remain with me for the rest of my life."

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