Elizabeth Shatner is the fourth wife of popular Canadian actor William Shatner. Though she had an illustrious career, she stayed behind the lenses of the media until she married Shatner. The couple were grieving from their spouse’s deaths when they met each other. The pair also shared a love of horses. They found solace and comfort in each other’s company and soon decided to embark on a companionship. Elizabeth has dabbled in acting and has appeared in several television series and documentaries, but she is primarily a digital artist and photographer. Before she switched to art, she was a professional horse trainer. She is also a horsewoman and a professional equine judge. She has received the WHINNY award for her services in the horse industry. Her latest work is ‘Art by Nature’, which is inspired by her passion toward nature. Both, Elizabeth and William are active philanthropists and take part in several charity events. It was revealed on December 18, 2019 that William had filed for divorce from his wife, Elizabeth Shatner, after nearly 18 years of marriage.
Elizabeth’s career as a professional horse trainer began at a very young age. She developed a love for horses and nature during her childhood and began riding a horse at the age of five. She was 8 years old when she was given her first horse, which was a Gailceno pony. Later on, she started teaching horseback riding as well as judging equine competitions.
Her deep love for nature and its creation would serve as a foundation for her later career as an artist. She pursued a degree in equine and animal science at Purdue University to further her knowledge in the field. Eventually, she started working as a professional horse trainer.
Her love for horses served as a bonding point with her current husband William Shatner. The couple embraced each other’s company when their respective spouses passed away. Her association with Shatner, the famous actor and director, led her to appear in many documentaries and series.
She appeared as herself in the documentary ‘E! True Hollywood Story’ in 2002. She later appeared in the Spplat Attack documentary in the same year. Her other appearances as herself include ‘Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner’ (2004), ‘Gonzo Ballet’ (2009), ‘American Pickers’ (2011), and ‘The Captains’ (2012). She had regular appearances in the TV documentary series ‘The Shatner Project’ (2014). She also appeared in Huey Lewis and The News’s video of ‘Do You Believe in Love’. She has collaborated with her husband by writing the song ‘Together’ in Shatner’s album ‘Has Been’.
During a safari trip with her husband in Israel, Elizabeth found herself suddenly filled with inspiration and passion for art while she clicked photographs of nature. She has termed her art ‘Flowrosophy’ by which she intends to use the shapes, lights, and colors available in nature come alive through her art.
She soon immersed herself into doing such pieces and eventually unveiled the ‘Art by Nature’ series. This interspersed her love of houses and newfound passion of photography as it was a series of digitally painted photographs of horses. She emphasized the importance of horses and the roles they’ve play to shape a local culture. Keeping in with her charitable spirit, she donates a portion of the money she receives from sales of her art to horse-related charities.
Apart from this, she is active in the event started by her husband titled ‘Hollywood Charity Horse Show’. This charity helps handicapped children has raised millions of dollars for their aid destitute. ‘All Glory’, the horse they own together, was chosen as the Celebration Horse at Breyerfest, which earned enough money for Elizabeth to lead a program that seeks to promote, foster and support programs and institutions and that utilize animal-assisted and adjunct therapies in aiding the military, its veterans and their families. This impacted Elizabeth’s life so much that founded All Glory Project, Inc, a non-profit campaign.
As of now, Elizabeth despite pursuing her artistic career, continues to remain devoted to her first profession and passion. She holds seven judges’ cards and is active in the judging circuit. She also competes in several disciplines and breeds. She was among the top three in the 2011 World Championship Horse show. She is also on the Governor’s Advisory Board for World Equestrian Games.
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Elizabeth was previously married to Michael Gleen Martin from 1982 until 1997. He passed away in 1997. She married William Shatner on February 13, 2001, in Lebanon. She is the stepmother of Leslie Carol Shatner, Lisabeth Shatner, and Melanie Shatner. Several eyebrows were raised due to age difference between Shatner and Elizabeth.
In december 2019, media reports suggested that William Shatner had filed for divorce from Elizabeth Shatner, after nearly 18 years of marriage.