Martha Nash Legg is John Nash’s young sister, born in 1930. Martha—described as “tall and striking” and “extremely intelligent”—attends the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and becomes a teacher. As Nash begins to experience symptoms of schizophrenia, Martha and Virginia, Nash’s mother, take over care of Nash, helping to coordinate various hospitalizations. Later, Nash moves to Roanoke, Virginia, where Martha and Virginia live. Nash’s erratic behavior takes a toll on Martha’s life; after Virginia’s death, Nash briefly lives with his sister, but she finds it hard to cope with him and arranges to have him committed to a hospital in Virginia. Nash, who fears hospitalizations, is furious, vowing to cut all ties with Martha. The two reconcile later in Nash’s life, during his remission from schizophrenia, though Martha acknowledges that Nash’s illness greatly affected her own well-being.
Martha Nash Legg Character Timeline in A Beautiful Mind
The timeline below shows where the character Martha Nash Legg appears in A Beautiful Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 18 – Experiments
Chapter 22 – A Special Friendship
Chapter 40 – Tower of Silence
Chapter 41 – An Interlude of Enforced Rationality
...but Nash insists that he isn’t ill and therefore doesn’t need hospitalization. As a result, Martha, Virginia, and Alicia decided that Nash would again have to be committed to a hospital... (full context)
Chapter 44 – A Man All Alone in a Strange World
...to continue child-support payments, which Virginia had been paying for Nash. Nash moves in with Martha and her husband, but Martha finds the arrangement too difficult; she arranges to have Nash... (full context)
Chapter 50 – Reawakening