> She was 100?!! Jack Lord would only be 84 if he was alive today!!
Here's an article form the Honolulu Star Bulletin October 1996
'an old-fashioned wife'
By Tim Ryan
Marie Lord was shocked.
"Oh, for God's sake, no!" she said. "The answer is no, no, no! Of
course, Jack does not have Alzheimer's. He's not ill. I feed him three
times a day; he has a big appetite, loves to eat."
"Jack" is Jack Lord, who played Steve McGarrett for 12 years in "Hawaii
Five-0," the longest running hourlong drama in television history. The
show is still broadcast in dozens of countries around the world.
The question is pertinent because Lord hasn't been seen in public for
years and his mystique increases with the lack of appearances. And
during the next three weekends, a local TV special and two conventions
- one in Los Angeles and the other in Honolulu - will put the spotlight
on "Five-0." Though the actor won't be at any of these events in
person, he'll be there on film and in spirit as fans and fellow cast
members celebrate the series.
Rumors about Lord's poor health have circulated for years. Last month,
the National Enquirer claimed Lord was on his "last legs" and displayed
photos of him shot on Kahala beach two years ago because no current
pictures are available.
"He's not impaired or anything," Marie emphasized, during an interview
by telephone. "We recently had a physical check up and were given a
clean bill of health. Maybe we'll live to be a hundred and everyone
will be sorry about saying these things."
She declined the Star-Bulletin's request to speak, visit, or photograph
her husband for this story.
"Jack has just never liked...being interviewed."
"He doesn't like talking about himself or having strangers coming up to
him when he used to go out," she said.
"Yes, well, Jack used to be very active, but now he's just happy
staying home doing nothing, happy having me wait on him. He was such a
vital person, always so strong and big. It's strange to see him sitting
around being happy just getting tan on the lanai or reading."
But particularly disappointing, Marie said, is her Lord's lack of
interest in the painting he loved.
"That does break my heart," she said. "He's just gotten lazy and
laziness feeds on itself, becomes a habit."
Rumors that Lord requires a full-time nurse are also false, Marie said.
The couple has had "a secretary" for about 18 months, "not a registered
nurse, but a kind of a companion."
Marie joyfully says she's her husband's guardian, caregiver, "an
old-fashioned wife" who loves to cook and make her husband happy.
"It's always nice to have someone who lives for you and that's what I
do with Jack."
Marie won't give their ages nor the year of their marriage other than
to say both were in their "early 20s, married on April 1 in the early
1950s in New York City."
The memories of the couple's early life, how they met, some of their
life now are the things which Marie enjoys discussing.
"I'm a housewife in the true sense of the word," she said. "Jack loves
Italian food because he grew up in Brooklyn with Italian neighbors and
loves the smell of tomato sauce. He loves my lasagna and chicken
Early morning breakfasts always begin with "fresh coffee with hot milk
and a croissant."
When her husband was filming "Five-0" episodes, the couple awoke at
3:30 a.m. so Jack could rehearse, rewrite, if needed.
"We would sit down on the couch and he would read his lines to me."
The Lords live in a large ocean view, three-bedroom, two-bath
condominium next to the Kahala Mandarin hotel.
The couple were an unlikely pair when they met more than 40 years ago.
Marie DeNarde was a fashion designer, Lord was in the merchant marine.
She had designed and had built a stone country house near Woodstock,
N.Y., for weekends. Jack, on leave, had gone hunting in the area when
he was saw the house. He got Marie's New York City address from a local
merchant and for the next three weeks left messages with her doorman.
Finally, she called him thinking he was a pushy real estate agent.
"All he knew about me was my house, which he had fallen in love with.
But I agreed to meet with him briefly.
"He was this big guy in a black storm trooper's coat and hat pulled
down over his forehead. His chest came straight out; you could put a
bottle of beer on each shoulder they were so square. And he had these
pink cheeks. He looked like an ad for Wonderbread."
They talked for hours, Jack fascinating Marie with his experiences on
the high seas.
The couple, married a few years later, choosing not to have children
when Jack decided on show business as a career.
"My idea of a good family was to have six children. But I pitched my
tent for Jack. I think I did the right thing; I certainly tried."
The lack of children has led Marie "to adopt and shower too much love
on younger people." These days she's showering that affection on a cat,
Kitty Boy, gotten from the Hawaiian Humane Society.
"Oh, Jack really loves Kitty Boy. I put Kitty Boy in his arms and he
just hugs him and hugs him."
Marie says she's had "a full life."
"Jack wants to be remembered as a decent guy, good at what he did, and
honorable. He wants everyone to know that staying home is heaven for