Nancy Shalit- What happened to Gene Shalit’s wife?

Nancy Shalit

Who is Nancy Shalit?

Nancy Shalit was the wife of Gene Shalit. Nancy Shalit’s husband is an American retired journalist, television personality, film and book critic, and author. He gained recognition for his frequent use of puns, his oversized handlebar moustache and fuzzy hair, and for wearing colorful bowties. Gene started out working part-time on NBC’s The Today Show in 1970 and later filled those roles from January 15, 1973, until retiring on November 11, 2010. Who is Gene Shalit’s wife?

Nancy Shalit: Bio Summary

Full NameNancy Shalit Lewis
famous asGene Shalit’s wife
Age 49 years old at the time of death
Date of Birth1929
Place of Birth United States of America
Date of death1978
Children Willa Shalit, Emily Shalit, Nevin Shalit, 
Andrew Shalit, Peter Shalit, Amanda Shalit
spouse Gene Shalit (m. 1950–1978)

What happened to Gene Shalit’s Wife, Nancy?

Nancy Shalit was born in 1929 in the United States of America. She was the daughter of Kassel Lewis and Sylvia Surut Lewis. Nancy was the only child of her parents, she had a brother whose name was Anthony Lewis. Nancy’s brother was a public intellectual and journalist. He was also a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a regular columnist for The New York Times.

Nancy Shalit gained much of her fame from being the wife of the famous retired television personality Gene Shalit. Unfortunately, Gene’s wife passed away at the age of 49 in 1978. She was of  Russian Jewish descent.

ALSO, READ; Gene Shalit’s children- Willa, Peter, Emily, Nevin, Andrew, and Amanda Shalia 

Nancy Shalit was a mother of Six children

Gene Shalit and his wife Nancy got married in 1950. The lovers exchanged their vows in a beautiful wedding ceremony in the presence of their friends, families, and loved ones. A few years after their marriage was able to produce 6 children including the artist and entrepreneur Willa Shalit.

When Willa was barely in her teens, Nancy was institutionalized for the first of what would become a lifelong series of visits to mental hospitals, leaving Willa who was the second child, and her older brother to help raise their four younger siblings. “Having a family member become ill was an early lesson in empathy,” Willa told CNN.

Another child is Peter Shalit, a physician and recognized authority on gay men’s health and living with HIV. The other children are Emily Shalit, Nevin Shalit, Andrew Shalit, and Amanda Shalit. Gene and Nancy stayed married until her death in August 1978. Gene Shalit was married to Nancy Lewis for 28 years.

ALSO, READ; Who is Peter Shalit, Where is Gene Shalit’s son now?

What was the cause of Nancy Shalit’s Death?

How did Gene Shalit’s wife die? Nancy died in August 1978 of Cervical cancer. She was laid to rest in Beth Israel Memorial Park, Cedar Knolls, Morris County, New Jersey, USA per her Findagrave profile. Their daughter Emily also died of ovarian cancer in November 2012. Nancy was not as popular as her husband, Gene shielded the whole family from the public eye.

ALSO, READ; What happened to Emily Shalit, Gene Shalit’s daughter?

Gene never got married again after the death of his wife. For much of his career, he lived in Leonia, New Jersey, although as of 2012 he was listed as a resident of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. As of 2023, Gene who was born on March 25, 1926, in New York city, is 97 years old.

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