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Thread: Noršvestrid-Amer. Entertain. Dynasty: Ozzie, Harriet, Ricky, & The Nelson Family

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    Smile Noršvestrid-Amer. Entertain. Dynasty: Ozzie, Harriet, Ricky, & The Nelson Family

    This presentation/thread is for all of you Nelson family (i.e., that Noršvestrid-American family of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Ricky/Rick Nelson, & the band Nelson of American pop entertainment fame) fans. This thread should aptly show just how much American mass-entertainment has changed (for the worse) within just a fifty year time-frame. All information herein came from the web along with my comments/stresses being emboldened.

    Ozzie Nelson and Harriet (Peggy Lou Snyder) were married on October 8, 1935. They had worked together for three years, but not as comedians, but rather musicians. Ozzie Nelson was the leader of one of the best known dance bands of the 30's and when he hired singer, Peggy Lou Snyder, they developed a rapport that was infectious amongst the listeners of the time.

    Ozzie Nelson had graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in law in 1930, but his band, which he used to work this way through college, was doing so well, he could not give it up after he received his degree.

    By 1935 Ozzie and Harriet had been signed to provide the music for Joe Penner's Bakers Broadcast . The stayed with the program when Robert Ripley of "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" fame took over. Ozzie and Harriet's first son, David was born in 1936 and their second son, Eric ( later known as Ricky) was born in 1940. Ozzie and Harriet moved to Hollywood in 1941 where they became cast members of The Red Skelton Show on NBC.

    This gig lasted for three years until Red Skelton got drafted. At that point Ozzie and Harriet developed their own situation comedy, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which would feature the Nelsons at home. They were to be heard (and later viewed) as "America's favorite young couple" who were living the good life, but constantly finding themselves entangled in humorous situations created by Ozzie.

    Ozzie would set his mind to something, nothing, it seemed could dissuade him from his path, until of course all the possible disasters that could happen, happened. Then we had Harriet who quietly try to guide Ozzie back to the path of rhyme and reason. David and Ricky would toss in wisecracks and the neighbor, Thorny, would offer his perpetual ill-timed advice.

    David and Ricky didn't actually play themselves until 1949.

    The TV show that many of you are familiar with ran from 1952 to 1966, but eventually fell to the roadside as times changed. Shows like Father Knows Best, Leave It To Beaver, and Ozzie and Harriet were thought of as sitcom fantasy.

    Personal Note: I sometimes wonder if we had more shows like Ozzie and Harriet, if some of the negative cultural changes we have seen with our family structure today might have been avoided or at least altered for the better. I know it is very simplistic, but many of the values the family sitcoms modeled were not all bad... and are sorely lacking in many of today's families. Of course, the word "family" has many meanings today. But then again, those of us who watched and listened to these family sitcoms raised the children who are the young moms and dads of today.... So I guess I will climb down off the soapbox... and finish my Ozzie and Harriet retrospective....

    Ozzie and Harriet was first heard on CBS from October of 1948 until April of 1949, NBC took over the broadcast; but the season was finished on CBS, still on Sundays but at 6:30.

    From October 1949 until June of 1954.. the show was on ABC for 30 minutes on Fridays at 9:00. The sponsor until June of 1952 was Heinz Foods... various sponsors picked up the show until 1954.

    Epilogue: Ozzie Nelson died of cancer in June of 1975. Ricky, who had become a star of rock and roll, died in a tragic plane crash on New Year's Eve in 1985 while on a flight between jobs. Brother, David has been a TV producer. Harriet died in October of 1994. (
    source)

    Who could forget the Nelsons, the real life family that made up the cast of one of television's longest running sitcoms. This wholesome looking family came to television when their show debuted on October 3, 1952. When The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet came to television, I doubt anyone believed the show would run until 1966. Why would anyone tune in to watch a real family interact before the eyes of America even if they were only acting? Well, just look at us today...we are making shows like Big Brother, Real World and Survivor popular as we watch real life people live their daily lives before us on TV. Ok, so it's not quite the same kind of show but you get the picture.

    Before the television series, in 1944, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet began as a radio show. Actors played the part of the two Nelson boys. A few years later, in 1949, the boys came on the air after their father gave the go ahead. Before the actual show started, the Nelsons did a movie called Here Comes the Nelsons. This movie tested the waters and proved that the family could pull off the series.

    The show was loved by many but was only nominated for one "Best Situation Comedy" Emmy in 1953. Although the Nelson family lived before us on television, their real life was not quite the wholesome family they depicted. In a series of A&E's Biography, you can see what the Nelson family was really like. The special Ozzie & Harriet: The Adventures of America's Favorite Family, showed how the Nelson family was just like any family, they had their ups and downs and weren't the perfect family many thought they were. When I watched segments from the Biography special, I was amazed that the public believed that Ricky and Kristin's baby Tracy was 3 months premature. Ricky got Kristin pregnant before they were married and to carry on the wholesome show plot, they made the viewers believe baby Tracy was premature. As I heard one person say, back then it wouldn't have been so easy to keep a baby that premature alive and well. The public believed what they were told and the show went on as usual. I guess that's what makes these shows so popular...it's nice to imagine that life really is happy and close to perfect all the time...even if it isn't. (
    source)

    The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet was one of the most enduring family-based situation comedies in American television. Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their sons David and Ricky (16 and 13 respectively at the time of the program's debut) portrayed fictional versions of themselves on the program. The Nelsons embodied wholesome, "normal" American existence so conscientiously (if blandly) that their name epitomized upright, happy family life for decades.

    Ozzie and Harriet started out on radio, a medium to which bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his singer/actress wife Harriet Hilliard had gravitated in the late 1930s, hoping to spend more time together than their conflicting careers would permit. In 1941 they found a permanent spot providing music for Red Skelton's program, a position that foundered when Skelton was drafted in 1944. In that year, the energetic Ozzie Nelson proposed a show of his own to network CBS and sponsor International Silver--a show in which the Nelsons would play themselves. Early in its run, the radio Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet jettisoned music for situation comedy. Ozzie Nelson himself directed and co-wrote all the episodes, as he would most of the video shows.

    The Nelsons signed a long-term contract with ABC in 1949 that gave that network the option to move their program to television. The struggling network needed proven talent that was not about to defect to the more established---and wealthier--CBS or NBC.

    The television program premiered in 1952. Like its radio predecessor, it focused on the Nelson family at home, chronicling the growing pains of the boys and their parents and dealing with mundane issues like hobbies, rivalries, schoolwork, club membership, and girlfriends. Eventually the on-screen David and Ricky (although never the off-screen David and Ricky) graduated from college and became lawyers. When the real David and Rick got married, to June Blair and Kristin Harmon respectively, their wives joined the cast of Ozzie and Harriet on television as well as in real life.

    Ozzie and Harriet lasted 14 years on American television, remaining on the air until 1966. Although never in the top ten of rated programs, it did well throughout its run, appealing to the family viewing base targeted by ABC. The program picked up additional fans in April 1957, when Rick sang Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'" on an episode titled "Ricky the Drummer."

    As soon as the Nelsons realized how popular their singing son was going to be, the televisual Rick was given every opportunity to croon over the airwaves by his father/director/manager. Sometimes his songs fitted into the narrative of an episode. Sometimes they were just tacked onto the end--early music videos of Rick Nelson in performance.

    Despite this emphasis on Rick's vocal performances, and despite the legion of young fans the program picked up because of its teenage emphasis, the character of Ozzie dominated the program. The genial, bumbling Ozzie was the narrative linchpin of Ozzie and Harriet, attempting to steer his young sons into the proper paths (usually rather ineffectually) and attempting to assert his ego in a household in which he was often ill at ease.

    That ego, and that household, were held together by wise homemaker Harriet. Although she may have seemed something of a cipher to many viewers, clad in the elegant dresses that defined the housewife on 1950s television, Harriet represented the voice of reason on Ozzie and Harriet, rescuing Ozzie--and occasionally David and Rick--from the consequences of over-impulsive behavior.

    Ironically, in view of the weakness of paterfamilias Ozzie's character, the program was viewed, during its lengthy run as now, as an idealized portrait of the American nuclear family of the postwar years. The Nelsons eventually shifted their program into color and into the 1960s. Nevertheless, in spirit, and in the popular imagination, they remained black-and-white denizens of the 1950s.

    - Tinky "Dakota" Weisblat

    Primary cast of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet:
    Ozzie Nelson........................................ ...........Himself
    Harriet Nelson........................................ ..........Herself
    David Nelson........................................ ...........Himself
    Eric "Ricky" Nelson........................................ ..Himself
    June (Mrs. David) Nelson (1961-66)................June Blair
    Kris(Mrs. Rick) Nelson(1964-66).............Kristin Harmon

    The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet on ABC consisted of 435 1/2 hour episodes, which aired prime time during these dates/time-frames:
    October 1952-June 1956
    - Friday 8:00-8:30
    October 1956-September 1958
    - Wednesday 9:00-9:30
    September 1958-September 1961
    - Wednesday 8:30-9:00
    September 1961-September 1963
    - Thursday 7:30-8:00
    September 1963-January 1966
    - Wednesday 7:30-8:00
    January 1966-September 1966
    - Saturday 7:30-8:00 (
    source)

    Ozzie and Harriet Nelson seemed to be the perfect American nuclear family. They were good people with two well-behaved sons, a clan you’d be proud to know and emulate. Critics called them boring, banal, and dull. Maybe so. But in the more conformist 1950’s, following the crowd wasn’t a bad thing to do.

    And The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet wasn’t a bad sitcom either. Years before Seinfeld was hailed as "the show about nothing", Ozzie Nelson and his writers took slices of the Nelson’s home life and turned them into pleasant television entertainment. And at a time when rock and roll was considered by some as "the devil’s music", son Ricky (later Rick) made it acceptable to plenty of teens and their parents; the fact that Ozzie backed his son’s music was a signal that maybe rock wasn’t all just Elvis and the pelvis after all.

    Oswald George Nelson was born March 20th, 1907 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He earned a law degree from Rutgers University. But starting in the 1930’s, he formed an orchestra that had a fair amount of popularity. In 1932, Ozzie hired a singer for his band, a beauty pageant winner named Harriet Hilliard (born Peggy Lou Snyder in Des Moines, Iowa on 18th July, 1914). Ozzie and Harriet fell in love and married in 1935; the pair later had two sons-David and Ricky.

    Starting in the 1940’s, Ozzie Nelson’s band (and singer Harriet) appeared on Red Skelton’s weekly radio show; during the program, Ozzie and Harriet would engage in funny banter about married life and their children. That act led to a spin-off-not a musical program but a situation comedy. In 1944, CBS began airing "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"; with actors playing the voices of their sons, it was based on the real-life antics of the real Nelson family-Ozzie as the bandleader and dad; Harriet as housewife; David and Ricky as themselves. It was a hit.

    By 1949, Ozzie (who produced, directed and co-wrote the radio show) allowed 13-year-old David and nine-year-old Ricky to play themselves on the series. Also that year, Ozzie signed a 10-year contract, moving the radio show to the weaker ABC radio network. (Ozzie’s legal skills paid off; the contract required ABC to pay the Nelson family for the entire length of the contract, whether the family had a program on the air or not.)

    ABC also needed hits for its fledgling television network, and felt "Ozzie and Harriet" would be a success on video. To test the theory, Ozzie came up with a film version of the radio series; the 1951 "Here Come The Nelsons" made Ozzie an ad executive but otherwise stuck to the radio show’s format. Featuring an up-and-coming actor named Rock Hudson, the movie was a hit. ABC was convinced, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet moved to television in the fall of 1952. The radio show continued for two more years; separate scripts were written for the radio and video versions.

    Ozzie had his hand in everything-producing, directing, and co-writing the scripts with his brother Don and other talented scribes of the period. The TV series was shot on 35 millimeter film (a trend that became popular with the success of I Love Lucy); he even showed episodes to audiences to record their laughter.

    Viewers truly believed “Ozzie and Harriet” was a chronicle of the real-life Nelson family’s own experiences; in fact, Ozzie fostered the impression by taking incidents that happened to them and turning them into TV scripts. In fact, viewers never knew what or if Ozzie worked for a living; he was seen just hanging around the house, talking to his neighbors or having a chat with Harriet and the boys. Though never a top-ten hit for the third-ranked ABC, “Ozzie and Harriet” was one of the network’s more popular comedies.

    And the ratings rose after the Nelson’s youngest son took up rock and roll. As the story goes, a teenage girl Rick was dating was a big fan of Elvis Presley. To impress her, Rick boasted that he would cut his own record. Turning to dad Ozzie for help, Rick signed a deal with Imperial Records (the home of such legends as Fats Domino). In fact, the first single for the young Nelson was a cover of Domino’s hit "I’m Walkin’" In April 1957, Rick performed the song on an episode entitled "Ricky The Drummer". Soon after the show aired, the Rick Nelson version of "I’m Walkin’" sold a million copies! It was a gold mine made in video heaven. From that point on, Rick would sing his latest single on “Ozzie and Harriet”, pushing sales higher (along with the show’s ratings).

    From 1957 until 1963, Rick Nelson would hit the charts over and over again with songs such as "Hello Mary Lou"; "Travelin’ Man" "Poor Little Fool" and "Fools Rush In"-well-written, well-produced and very well performed singles. (Historians agreed; Rick Nelson was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.) Some “Ozzie and Harriet” episodes also featured filmed segments of Rick performing a song, an early version of today’s music videos.

    The fact that rock and roll was performed on the sitcom (with Ozzie’s blessing) helped legitimize the genre for many parents who were appalled by the gyrations of Elvis Presley. Rick was a clean-cut boy who stood in one place while singing lyrics parents could understand. This is not meant to slight Rick’s true musical talent; in fact, Rick Nelson helped broaden the audience for rock music.

    As the 1960’s beckoned, “Ozzie and Harriet” put more focus on the growing boys; both David and Rick attended college, became lawyers (not unlike dad) and married; David’s real-life wife June Blair and Rick’s spouse Kristin Harmon soon became featured players on the series. But as everyone got older, the plots became more familiar and the ratings began to fall. After a 22 year run on both radio and television, the end finally came for “America’s favorite family, the Nelsons”. In January 1966, ABC moved the show to Saturdays from its familiar Wednesday night timeslot to make way for the cult hit Batman.

    The final episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet aired on September 3rd, 1966. For longevity, it had virtually no peer; “Ozzie and Harriet” lasted for 14 years and 435 episodes on television, making it the longest-running live situation comedy in American television history. (Note the word "live": The animated antics of The Simpsons now holds the record as the longest-running half-hour comedy series in America.)

    Life was less kind to the real-life Nelson family after “Ozzie and Harriet” ended its run. Ozzie tried to recapture the popularity of the old series with a syndicated 1973 comedy called Ozzie’s Girls, where two college co-eds rented David and Rick’s old rooms in the Nelson home. It lasted one season. Ozzie Nelson died on June 3rd, 1975. Harriet Nelson went into semi-retirement, and died in October 1994.

    David Nelson remains active in commercial production. But Rick’s musical career took a downturn after “Ozzie and Harriet” left the airwaves; he made a brief comeback with the 1972 hit “Garden Party” and turned to country music, but couldn’t recapture the popularity of his early rock days. Rick Nelson died in a plane crash in 1985.

    For many Americans in the 1950’s, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was a pleasant half-hour comedy featuring very likeable people. Not as broad as “Lucy” or as gritty as The Honeymooners, “Ozzie and Harriet” was more a reflection of what Americans wanted to be. We all wanted to have the ideal family. And for many, the Nelsons were just that. (
    source)

    ...Oswald George "Ozzie" Nelson and Harriet Hilliard were popular entertainers during the 1930s. Ozzie fronted a dance band and had a Number One hit in 1935 with "And Then Some." Harriet was a movie actress and became Ozzie's lead singer three years before she became his wife in 1935. Their marriage produced two sons, David born in Chicago on October 24, 1936 and Eric Hilliard (Ricky) born in Teaneck, New Jersey, on May 8, 1940. By the 1940s the big band era was changing. The best jazz virtuosos, were performing more frequently in concert settings as opposed to dance halls. Never a great instrumentalist, Ozzie continued to pursue a living in the old vaudeville fashion. Week after week he did one-nighters on the road while Harriet and the children remained at home in Tenafly, New Jersey.

    The Nelsons, minus Ricky, moved to Hollywood in 1941 so that Ozzie could take the job of bandleader for Red Skelton's radio program. Ricky stayed in Tenafly with his grandmother.The Nelsons bought a fourteen room, two-story home at 1822 Camino Palmero that would remain their residence for the rest of their lives. Ricky joined the family in 1942.

    In 1944 when Red Skelton left the radio show, Ozzie and Harriet were offered the program. The "Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet" started slow, but gained momentum. The show centered around the real life personalities of the couple. Ozzie always seemed befuddled and out of sync with the happenings going around him and Harriet was the calm in the eye of the storm.

    The characters of David and Ricky were present from the beginning. The first season they were only mentioned in passing and weren't part of the cast. When the time came to introduce the children, young actors were hired. David and Ricky pressured their parents to play them selves. During this time the show moved from CBS to NBC, and then to ABC.

    On February 20, 1949, David and Ricky made their first appearance on the show in an episode called "Invitation To Dinner." David was described as down-to-earth, sincere, professional, quiet. Ricky is recalled as cocky, full of pranks, and insecure. Ricky was the natural born entertainer.

    In 1950, ABC offered the Nelsons a television show based on the radio format. Ozzie decided to test the idea with a low budget movie. In 1951, "Here Comes The Nelsons" played in drive-in theaters and local theaters across the country. The movie earned moderate box office receipts, but proved the Nelsons were ready for their own television show.

    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" moved to ABC-TV in the fall of 1952. The show ran fourteen seasons with four hundred an thirty five episodes. (
    source)

    Ozzie Nelson was a pretty good singer, a very funny man, and a well-known band leader when he first spotted beautiful Harriet Hilliard and hired her as a vocalist for his busy orchestra in the early 1930's. Harriet was the daughter of the show business parents and had been a professional actress, dancer, and singer since childhood. Ozzie and Harriet began a signature act that included comedic boy-girl banter in between the dance numbers. They married in 1935 and continued as a professional team after a successful transition to radio, launching their own radio show: "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." By 1940 two younger Nelsons had made a foursome- older brother David and his baby brother Ricky. A musical bent had been evident early, and so was the tendency toward solitary pursuits. Even as a tow-headed little boy of 3 or 4, Ricky could often be found lying under the family's huge Wurlitzer radio, small bare feet sticking out, listening quietly to classical music. Eventually the boys joined "the act," begging to play themselves on their parents radio show. Despite Ozzie and Harriet's initial doubts, the move paid off and the show's audience peaked to almost 20 million listeners. After 3 years the Nelson family changed format again, testing their visual appeal in a motion picture comedy called "Here comes the Nelsons" in 1947. It's success led to an offer for a weekly television show, and "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" became the first and longest running family situation comedy and part of the American lexicon. (
    source)

    "When Harriet Nelson died earlier this month, some stories noted how unrealistic The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was. But that show was not about realism. It was about idealism. If we lose the ideal, what good are we striving for? Showing a functioning and loving family on TV encouraged the rest of us to consider right from wrong, good from bad. That is what is missing in our culture." [Cal Thomas, October 19, 1994] (
    source)

    More family pictures
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    Smile Oswald George Nelson & Peggy Lou Snyder/'Harriet Hilliard'


    Oswald George Nelson
    actor, orchestra leader, producer, director, & attorney
    a.k.a. Ozzie Nelson
    Born: 20 March 1906
    Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey
    Died: 3 June 1975

    Born Oswald George Nelson on March 20, 1906 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Ozzie Nelson was an actor, orchestra leader, producer and director. At the age of 13, he became the youngest person to become an Eagle Scout. The requirements for Eagle Scout make it impossible for anyone to beat his record. Although he originally wanted to be a cartoonist, Ozzie went to law school, doing bandleader gigs to pay for his courses. By 1931, he was a full-fledged bandleader, able to play all of the band instruments except the trumpet and also write songs. He hired Harriet Hilliard in 1932 to sing for his band, and married her three years later. Ozzie and Harriet became regulars on Red Skelton's radio show, before they got their own show in 1944. They started The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on radio and later switched to television. The show quickly became the emblem for the 1950s typical American family. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet had a run that would stretch to twenty-two years: eight on radio and fourteen on television. On the show, Nelson and wife Harriet had 2 children, originally played by actors. The actors were soon replaced by Ozzie and Harriet’s own sons, actor-director David Nelson and actor-singer Ricky Nelson. Nelson died June 3,1975, in Hollywood, California, from cancer. He was 69. He was interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Hollywood, California. (

    "Orchestra leader who became the emblem for the 1950s typical American family with his actress wife and sons. Although he originally wanted to be a cartoonist, Ozzie went to law school, doing band-leader gigs to pay for his courses. By 1931, he was a full-fledged band leader, able to play all of the band instruments except the trumpet and also write songs. He hired Harriet in 1932 to sing for his band, and married her three years later. In 1944, they started The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on radio which later switched to television in a run that would stretch to twenty-two years: eight on radio and fourteen on television."(source)

    Though best remembered as one of television's most famous dads, Ozzie Nelson was also a celebrated big band leader during the heyday of swing. Born in Jersey City in 1906, Ozzie excelled in sports as a youth.

    In the twenties, he learned how to play the ukulele and began singing. He later switched to the banjo and formed a duo with pianist Frank Leithner. The two eventually became part of a quartet called the Syncopation Four, playing garden parties and local clubs and weddings, with Ozzie as singer. Ozzie also taught himself how to play the saxophone.

    He entered Rutgers in 1923, where he played football and joined the boxing team. He later entered law school, playing in a small dance orchestra and coaching football to earn money.

    Ozzie's resemblance to Rudy Vallee, both in looks and voice, helped boost his career. In 1930, he was given his own radio show. His big break came when the New York Daily Mirror ran a readers' poll on the most popular radio orchestra. His manager learned that newsdealers received credit for their unsold papers by returning only the front pages of the unbought copies, and realizing that the Mirror's ballots were on the back page, he arranged to secure them from hundreds of unsold copies and send them in. When the voting was done, Ozzie lead the poll over national stars Vallee and Paul Whiteman.

    Nelson's manager used the poll as leverage to book the band into the Glen Island Casino on Long Island. With that engagement also came a series of national radio network broadcasts. Ozzie was on his way to the top. In 1932, Ozzie added a female singer, Harriet Hilliard, to his outfit. She became only the second ever female vocalist featured in a big band (Mildred Bailey, with Whiteman, was the first).

    Ozzie and Harriet hit it off personally as well as musically and were married in October of 1935. Their first son, David, was born in 1936, followed by Ricky in 1940.

    The orchestra remained one of the most popular in the country during the thirties and into the forties, with recordings for both Brunswick and Bluebird. The Nelson's real family life began to figure into the image they presented and in 1944 they gave up their music career to star in a radio situation comedy. In 1951, they made a feature film, Here Come the Nelsons, which preceded the debut of their television program. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet first aired in 1952 and ran for fifteen years on ABC, with Ozzie as producer and writer.

    After the series ended, Ozzie kept busy producing, directing and writing for both television and film. He also made several guest appearances on television and produced the syndicated Ozzie's Girls, an updated version of his old series. Ozzie Nelson died in 1975 from complications related to cancer.


    Peggy Lou Snyder
    actress & singer
    a.k.a. Harriet Hilliard (Nelson nee Snyder)
    Born: 18 July 1909
    Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa
    Died: 2 October 1994
    Deathplace: Laguna Beach, CA

    Those who know Harriet Nelson only for her two decades' worth of services as "America's Favorite TV Mom" on Ozzie and Harriet and Ozzie's Girls may be surprised to learn that she enjoyed a healthy career as a singer/actress long before network television was a commercial viability. Born Peggy Lou Snyder into a show business family, she chose the alliterative professional cognomen of Harriet Hilliard when she was hired as a vocalist by bandleader Ozzie Nelson. She was signed to an RKO Radio movie contract in 1936, and one year later married Nelson, though she remained Harriet Hilliard for the rest of her years in films. Most of her movie assignments were musicals and comedies, though she was capable of dramatic performances in such films as Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941) and The Falcon Strikes Back (1943). After several years of experience as a radio actress and singer on other people's programs (she briefly played the mother of "the mean widdle kid" on The Red Skelton Show), she and her husband Ozzie launched their own radio sitcom in 1944, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Featured on the series were the Nelson's two sons, David and Ricky Nelson (who were played by anonymous child actors until the boys insisted upon appearing as themselves). After a joint appearance in the 1952 Universal comedy Here Come the Nelsons, Ozzie, Harriet, David, and Ricky Nelson brought their successful radio program to television, where they remained until 1966. In 1973, Ozzie and Harriet, minus their offspring (Ricky Nelson was by now a successful recording artist, while David Nelson was a TV director) tried to make the magic happen again in the syndicated sitcom Ozzie's Girls, which proved to be a failure. After the death of her husband in 1975, Harriet Hilliard occasionally made appearances in such TV productions as Once an Eagle and Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (both 1976), and on more than one occasion made nostalgic guest appearances in her established TV series persona. In addition to her own sons, Harriet Nelson was the mother-in-law of actress Kristine Harmon (sister of actor Mark Harmon) and the grandmother of actress Tracy Nelson. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

    Though best remembered as one of television's most famous moms, Harriet Nelson was also a celebrated big band singer during the heyday of swing. Born Peggy Lou Snyder in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1909, she joined Ozzie Nelson's orchestra as Harriet Hilliard in 1932, becoming only the second ever female vocalist featured in a big band (Mildred Bailey, with Paul Whiteman, was the first).

    Ozzie and Harriet hit it off personally as well as musically and were married in October of 1935. Their first son, David, was born in 1936, followed by Ricky in 1940. Harriet also made several films during the thirties and early forties.

    Though the orchestra continued to be successful up through the war years, the Nelson's real family life began to figure into the image they presented and in 1944 they gave up their music career to star in a radio situation comedy. In 1951, they made a feature film, Here Come the Nelsons, which preceded the debut of their television program. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet first aired in 1952 and ran for fifteen years on ABC, with Ozzie as producer and writer.

    Harriet retired from show business after the series ended. She returned to the small screen in 1973 starring in the syndicated Ozzie's Girls, an updated version of the old series, and appeared in several made-for-TV movies during the seventies and the eighties. Ozzie Nelson died in 1975. Harriet Nelson passed away in 1994 from congestive heart failure.

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    Last edited by +Suomut+; Tuesday, October 26th, 2004 at 04:58 AM.

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    Smile Eric Hilliard Nelson ('Ricky/Rick Nelson')


    Eric Hilliard Nelson
    a.k.a. Ricky/Rick Nelson
    actor, singer/musician, & popstar
    Born: 8 May 1940
    Birthplace: Tea Neck, New Jersey
    Died: 31 December 1985 (in plane crash)
    Deathplace: DeKalb, Texas
    Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
    Personal quote: "A career is a series of comebacks."

    Son of Oswald George Nelson and Peggy Lou Snyder; brother of actor/director, David Oswald Nelson; father of Tracy Kristine Nelson, Matthew Gray Nelson, Richard Gunnar Nelson, and Sam Hilliard Nelson brother-in-law of Mark Harmon & Kelly Harmon. One of the most popular teen idols on the late 1950s and early 1960s, his many hit records, primarily on the Imperial and American Decca labels, include I'm Walkin', Travelin' Man, Poor Little Fool, For You, Fools Rush In, It's Late, and Garden Party. Most of these songs were originally introduced on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet TV show. Johnny Cash wrote the song Restless Kid for Ricky to sing in Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo. However, music director Dmitri Tiomkin insisted that Nelson perform the folk song Cindy and Tiomkin's own My Rifle, My Pony and Me. Cash's evocative Restless Kid, which sums up Ricky's Rio Bravo character Colorado in less than two minutes, never appeared in the film. Instead, it was released on Nelson's third album, Ricky Sings Again (Imperial LP 9061 [mono]/Imperial LP 12090 [stereo], 1959). When Rick Nelson appeared at The Rock Revival at Madison Square Garden in 1971, he was unaware that he was to appear in clothing from the era of the height of his popularity. Not aware of this he appeared in contemporary clothing and was booed because of this. Afterwards, and as a result of this, he wrote the hit song, Garden Party. Rick was engaged to Helen Blair at the time of his death. She was killed in the plane crash with him and his band. Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, on the right as you walk in, on the steep slope under the third tree, two rows above Ozzie and Harriet. Ever since Rick his death in a private plane crash on New Year's Eve, 1985, it has long been speculated that the fire that caused the crash was the result of drug use, either by Nelson himself or by one of his crew. This theory has since been discredited by, among other sources, the Civil Aeornautics Board in their official report on the crash. Their evidence shows that the cause originally given for the crash (an on-board heater short-circuiting and catching fire) is the correct one. Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall Fame in 1987. (
    source)

    During his childhood, Ricky suffered with asthma attacks, and grew up thin and sickly. However beginning with his 1952 television debut he went from a scrawny twelve year old prankster to a rakishly charming young man in 1956. A modest young man Ricky was remembered as quiet and well behaved at Bancroft Junior High. In 1954, he enrolled at Hollywood High School and was an average student. By this time, he was earning a $100,00 annual salary from the TV show.

    In 1956, rock and roll was sweeping the country and old styles of music out of the way. Ricky was a member of the Rooks, a clique at Hollywood high that liked to cause trouble for authority figures. Ozzie and Harriet were as average as one could be and still be TV stars. Ricky resented their life style and authority. In retaliation, he immerse himself into rock and roll music, the antithesis of Ozzie's smooth big band sound. He grew sideburns, slicked his hair back, wore shirts with the collars turned up and even tried to tattoo himself on the shoulder and wrist. Mostly, he played rock and roll music - loud.

    Legend has it that Ricky was dating a beautiful teenager named Arlene. His natural insecurity made him certain Arlene was going to drop him at any minute, after all she was a year older than him. Their few dates were "cold." On what he was certain was going to be their last date, an Elvis song was playing on the car radio. Arlene swooned over Elvis. Ricky quickly said that he was about to make his own record. Arlene responded by laughing.

    Ricky pleaded with Ozzie to help him make a record after all Ozzie had been a recording star in his own right. Ozzie finally agreed and through his connections Ricky became part of the entertainment at Knott's Berry Farm. Ricky acquitted himself very well. (
    source)

    Next, Ricky sang on the show. Ricky choose Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin." The publics response was positive and a demo tape was made. The Nelson's talent agency, MCA, sent the tape out to more than twenty labels. Each turned it down until Barney Kessel heard it. Kessel was an acclaimed jazz guitarist and chief A&R man for Verve Records. He had also been Ozzie's guitarists in the 1940s. Kessel realized that Ricky's image had already been pre-sold through the weekly TV shows. A deal was made for one three hour recording session for Verve. Three songs "I'm Walkin''," "A Teenager's Romance," and "You're My One and Only Love" were completed.

    On April 10, 1957 "I'm Walkin'" debuted on the TV show. Within a week "I'm Walkin'" backed by "A Teenager's Romance," was released by Verve. Through the summer "I'm Walkin'" moved up the charts. In mid-summer "A Teenager's Romance" caught on. Verve was swamped with orders and quickly fell behind in in pressing new singles. They also fell behind in paying royalties, a major transgression in Ozzie's eyes.

    Lew Chudd of Imperial Records, Fats Domino's label, was one of the first to notice Ricky. After all, Imperial held part of the publishing rights to "I'm Walkin'." Chudd approached Ozzie about Ricky's contract. After he learned of Ozzie's unhappiness with Verve and that Verve only had an agreement for one session, Chudd and Ozzie made a deal. Ricky moved to Imperial with a five year contract guaranteeing $50,000 against royalties. Verve retaliated by releasing "Your My One and Only" with an instrumental by Kessel on the flip side.

    The Verve single had just titillated the teen audience. It was obvious that Ricky's first Imperial single would be an instant smash. There were advanced orders for a million copies before Ricky had even entered the studio to record "Be-Bop Baby" and "Have I Told You That I Love You." A week later the songs were played on the TV show. The single roared up the charts in the fall of 1957.

    Ricky was increasing dissatisfied with the session musicians provided for his recording sessions. He decided to form his own band of younger players after a near disastrous tour of the Midwest during which the promoter hired local musicians to back him. After hearing a demo of "Red Hot" by Bob Luman, another Imperial recording artist, Ricky contracted Luman' bass player James Kirkland and guitarists James Burton. After a brief work out they were hired to perform as his TV band. A short time later Richie Frost was added on drums with Gene Garf on piano.Burton had been an original member of Dale Hawkin's combo on "Susie-Q," before joining Luman. Frost was a session drummer who had worked on the musical score for the Nelson's show.

    While this was happening, Ricky recorded his second Imperial single "Stood Up" and "Waitin' In School." With his style becoming more professional, "Stood Up" just missed being number one. The next single "Believe What You say" featured the new band. "Believe what You Say" had a full blown powerhouse sound. Burton's guitar work was full of fire and innovation, while the rest of the group held its own. Even Ricky's vocals improved.

    Now Ricky's career outside the TV show accelerated. He received creditable reviews when he co-starred in John Wayne's Rio Bravo. His concerts were instant sellouts. His role in the TV show expanded, not just to allow him to sing, but to allow him to act. He was receiving ten thousand fan letters a week and was appearing in a monthly comic book. He raced cars and dated starlets.. He was friends with Elvis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and the Burnette brothers.

    With "Poor Little Fool" he topped the charts for the first time. "Lonesome Town" proved he could handle slow material. "Never Be Anyone Else But You," "It's Late," "Just A Little Too Much," and Sweeter Than You," the four sides of his next single gave him the creative freedom he wanted.

    As the sixties began, Nelson's career was going through a slump. Since his debut single "A Teenager's Romance" in 1957 up to "Just A Little" in the summer of 1959 virtually everything went Top 20. Then something happened. "I Wanna Be Loved" stop at #20 six weeks after its release. "Young Emotions" peaked at #12, "I'm Not Afraid" and "Your the Only One" didn't make the Top Twenty. Something was hurting his sales.

    Maybe it was overexposure. He was seen every week as he was a member of his family's ABC-TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Almost every episode included him singing at least one song. He was in the movies with Rio Bravo (1959) and The Wackiest Ship In the Navy (1960). Maybe some of his fans were going back to Elvis after his discharge from the Army.. Then there were the newer, young artists like Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland and Bobby Rydell. Then there was the Twist, music's latest fad.

    It certainly wasn't the musicians. His combo was top notch led by the stunning guitar work of James Burton. Nelson's greatest problem was the material he was given to sing.

    Enter now Jerry Fuller and Gene Pitney. Fuller submitted "Traveling Man" and Pitney "Hello Mary Lou." With great studio treatment came a double sided smash. On May 8, 1961, as the single was ascending the charts, Nelson turned twenty-one. To celebrate, he went from Ricky to Rick. Even now Ozzie refused to let him appear in nightclubs afraid that would run the families' squeaky clean image. Television shooting schedules prevented him from joining any of the cross country tours. What was left was a show or two at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, or a couple fairs around the country.

    The next four singles all sold well. "A Wonder Like You" went Top Twenty. "Young World, " A Teenage Idol" and "It's Up To You" all went Top Ten. Part of the reason might have been Rick's reduction of singing on the television show.

    In 1962, with his contract expiring with Imperial, his management team let it be known he would be accepting offers starting at a $1,000 week guarantee for twenty-five years or $1.3 million lump sum. RCA Victor, Capitol, Columbia, Challenge, Everest and Dot were all in the bidding. In December, Rick decided to go with Decca for $1 million spread over twenty years.

    His Decca single "You Don't Love Me Anymore" was released in March, 1963 and didn't quite make the Top 40. On April 20, he married Kristen Harmon, daughter of Tom Harmon a former professional football player. The ceremony took place in St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles and the couple honeymooned in Barbados. Six months later on October 25, Tracy Kristine Nelson was born at St. John's Hospital near Santa Monica.

    Nelson's move to Decca did not save his recording career. There were few hits and those came just after the switch.

    In 1964, he suffered the same fate as his American contemporaries. He was washed aside by the British invasion. He continued to record, but by early 1965, none sold well enough to chart. Also in 1965, he and Kristin appeared in a very lightweight movie Love and Kisses that was directed by Ozzie. 1966 was the last year for the television show and he was soon free of his TV commitments. He then went on a successful tour of the Far East that included Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Back home, he hosted the comedy show Malibu U. He also appeared for two weeks in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Circle Theater near San Francisco.

    Determined to continue as a singing performer, he began to integrate various outside influences into his albums including songs by Paul Simon, Tim Hardin, Harry Nillson and Randy Newman. He was especially drawn to the folk rock scene developed by the Byrds and the Buffalo Springfield.

    Nelson had a strong country feel to much of his material from the beginning and by the late '60s it was becoming dominant. He covered straight country material by the likes of Willie Nelson and Doug Kershaw, and formed one of the earliest country-rock groups, the Stone Canyon Band, with musicians who had played (or would play with) Poco, Buck Owens, Little Feat, and Roger McGuinn. A cover of Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me" made the Top 40 in 1970, but his country-rock outings attracted more critical acclaim than commercial success.

    At a rock revival concert in 1971, at Madison Square Gardens, New York, Rick was booed when he tried to introduce some new material to his act. Hurt and frustrated, he wrote and produced the album Garden Party (1972), confounding his critics when it became a million-seller, his first since 1961. Sadly, it was his last major success.

    In 1973, Nelson appeared on television in the Streets of San Francisco and Owen Marshall. He was even the subject of a one hour documentary put together by his older brother David. By this time the Stone Canyon Band had broken up. Nelson's last charted single "Palace Guard" in 1973, made it halfway up the Top 100 and down in a month.

    By 1977, his singing career was in the doldrums, but Nelson stayed active by making guests appearances on TV variety shows hosted by Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, and Glenn Campbell or on sit-coms like The Love Boat. In 1975, he and Kristin split up with Kristin taking the four children, with the divorce becoming final in the early 80s.

    A nostalgia rock tour of Britain, in 1985, was a great success and revived some interest in Rick's work.

    Hoping to achieve the same result in the United States, he undertook a tour of the South. On Monday 31 December, following a performance in Guntersville, Alabama (where Rick's last number was Buddy Holly's "Rave On") a fire erupted near a heater in the rear of the plane. The pilot attempted an emergency landing in DeKalb, Texas, but was forced to try landing in an open field. Barely missing a farm house, it clipped two electric poles before crashing. The pilot and co-pilot escaped but were seriously burned. Everyone else aboard was killed. Rick Nelson was buried on January 6, 1986 in Hollywood's Forest Lawn Cemetery.

    His twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, have carried on the family name and musical tradition with their hard rock duo, Nelson. His daughter, Tracy, is a film/TV actress appeared in the television series The Father Dowling Mysteries. (
    source)

    From his first appearance [on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet], wisecracking, "irrepressible" kid brother Ricky was the show's most popular character. His trademark line "I don't mess around, boy" became a national catch phrase. More and more the show's plots, written by Ozzie, revolved around Rick's real life adventures. Story lines would incorporate Rick's natural athleticism, for example, and Ozzie would have the cameras brought to the tennis courts. Rick ranked fifth in California among tennis player's 15 years old and younger competed nationally, and at one time had ambitions to go professional. When his parents gave him a car for his sixteenth birthday, it too made its appearance in an episode.

    By 1956 a new type of music was taking America by storm - Rock n' Roll and Elvis Presley was on every teenager's mind, including Rick Nelson's. When an admiring Rick dressed up as Elvis on a Halloween show, the episode garnered huge ratings. At sixteen years old, dark haired, blue eyed and handsome, Rick was another heartthrob in the making. One night on a date with a girl who swooned over an Elvis Presley song playing on the radio, Rick retorted that he too was cutting a record (which he had no plans to do) and was met with derisive laughter. He determined to make it happen, secured a recording studio, and did his own cover of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin." Ozzie telecast Rick performing the song to his already massive audience and a career in music was launched. "I'm Walkin" flew out of the stores and sold one million copies in a week, completely unheard of at that time. The song went to #2 on the Billboard Chart, and its flip side, "A Teenagers Romance" hit #2 as well.

    The handsome teenager with the deep blue eyes and quiet, modest manner was also a personal appearance sensation, shattering attendance records in America and abroad. He broke Sinatra's attendance record at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City when 43,000 fans showed up, just managing to make the stage door by flying over the crowd in a helicopter. Nelson's fame brought him numerous film offers, but unlike many other teen idols, he eschewed the typical teen fare for critically acclaimed parts in Howard's Hawks' classic "Rio bravo" (1959), which co-starred John Wayne and Dean Martin, and "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (1960) with Jack Lemmon.

    A change of musical climate was around the corner. By 1962, America was well in the grip of "The British Invasion." A new generation of teenage record fans and buyers were filling the airways and charts with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Homegrown rockers like Eddie Cochran, the Everly Brothers, and Ricky Nelson were suddenly considered passe. Despite a new lucrative 20-year contract with Decca Records, Rick struggled on the charts. Personally, things were changing for him as well. In 1962 Rick became engaged to Kristin Harmon, the beautiful 17 year old daughter of football great Tom Harmon. Rick had first met Kris in the gym of Hollywood High when she asked for his autograph which he signed "To Christin"- much to her chagrin. Kris' mother, actress Eylse Knox, was socially acquainted with Harriet Nelson, and said to her prophetically "if the two quiet ones ever get together, there might be an explosion." Many strategically arranged meetings later, Rick and Kris' wedding in April 1963 was called "The Wedding of the Year" by Life magazine. The couple eventually settled into married life in Los Angeles with a new baby daughter, Tracy, born October 25 of the same year. Both wife and daughter joined Rick on the family television show. Then in 1965, after 14 years and 435 episodes, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" finally came to an end.

    In 1967 twin sons Gunnar and Matthew were born. Rick was hanging out at the L.A. country-rock bastion the Troubadour, and taking his inspiration from friend Bob Dylan, who encouraged him to express himself honestly through his music. Rick began to put together "The Stone Canyon Band," which at various times would include ex-Poco bassist and future Eagle Randy Meisner, Richie Hayward of Little Feat, John Beland of the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Bakersville legend Tom Brumley on steel guitar. A double live album recorded with the new band at the Troubadour in 1969 "Rick Nelson in Concert," put to rest the charge that he was just a lucky teen idol with a pretty face and garnered unanimous rave reviews. Rick Nelson had left "Ricky" behind for good. His next, and personally greatest, success rose out of a seeming failure.

    On December 31, 1985, en route from Alabama to a New Year's Eve show in Dallas, Nelson's DC-3 crash-landed in a field near DeKalb, Texas. The burning plane trapped its passengers inside, killing all aboard, except the pilot and co-pilot, who escaped through the cockpit window. Early press reports erroneously suggested that drug usage aboard the plane might have played a role in the fire that killed Rick, his band, and Helen Blair. In fact, both the F.A.A. and the 1987 National Transportation and Safety Board report determined conclusively that the fire had begun in a malfunctioning gas heater.

    Rick Nelson was a household name and an American teen idol before he ever cut a record. In nearly every regard he would seem the antithesis of the early rockers who made the music he first loved and recorded, rockabilly, and far removed form the late 60's environment that nurtured country rock, of which he was the vanguard. Artists as diverse as Paul McCartney and John Forgarty, and even some of his own heroes, including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, admired and respected him. A seasoned professional by the age of 6, Rick Nelson carved out a place for himself on radio, television, film and the music charts. In fact his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame represents achievements in music, television, and radio. He sold in excess of 50 million albums worldwide. He had 18 top 10 singles and over Billboard charted records. He is ranked the 4th singles seller of all time.

    Rick Nelson the man remains something of an enigma, even to those who knew him best. He was a very private person, sometimes solitary. He was quiet, gentle and modest. He could startle with his wicked sense of humor and constant practical joking, exemplified by one of the family's favorite stories. Apparently newlywed Kris ceremoniously served Rick her first brave attempt at pork chops. The phone rang in the other room, and Kris went to get it. When she returned, Rick was gone- and the pork chops were nailed to the wall. He loved to laugh. He believed there was power in subtlety. But most of all he believed in being true to oneself. He lived honestly, gracefully, and with innate integrity. (
    source)

    Complete Ricky/Rick Nelson biography
    here.

    Quotes on Ricky/Rick Nelson
    here.

    Ricky/Rick Nelson's albums & chart rankings beginning
    here.




    Ricky/Rick Nelson's Official Website
    here.

    Spouse: Sharon Kristin Harmon {married 20 April 1963-1981}
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    Smile Sharon Kristin Nelson (nee Harmon)

    Sharon Kristin Harmon
    a.k.a. Kristen Nelson, Kristin Nelson, & Kris Nelson
    actress & artist
    Born: 25 June 1945

    Daughter of American football great, Thomas Dudley Harmon & actress Elsie (Elysie) Kornbrath Knox; daughter-in-law of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson; sister of Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon, the 'Tic-Tac model;' mother of Tracy Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Gunnar Nelson, and Sam Nelson;sister-in-law of actress Pam Dawber, actor David Nelson, John Delorean and producer/writer John Tinker. (
    source)

    Ricky Nelson & Kris Harmon family pictures
    here.



    Thomas Dudley Harmon
    a.k.a. Tom Harmon & "Old 98"
    professional football player & sports broadcaster
    Died: 15 March 1990
    Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

    Father of Sharon Kristin Harmon, Mark Harmon & Kelly Harmon. All-star football player at the University of Michigan. Played halfback/defensive back for the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams (1946-1947). Won the Heisman Trophy in 1940, signifying him as the top player in college football for that season. A member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Father-in-law of actress Pam Dawber, actor/singer Ricky Nelson , John Delorean. Father of Sharon Kristin Harmon, Mark Harmon & Kelly Harmon. (
    source)

    Spouse: Elsie Kornbrath Knox {married 1944-his death 15 March 1990}


    Elsie Kornbrath Knox
    a.k.a. Elysie Knox
    actress
    Her father was the Naval Secretary under Roosevelt, William Franklin Knox. Began as a fashion designer and model for Vogue magazine before heading into film work. A "B-movie" actress most her career, she retired in the late 40s to raise a family, came back sporadically to do commercial work. Mother-in-law of actress Pam Dawber, actor/singer Ricky Nelson , John Delorean. Mother of Sharon Kristin Harmon, Mark Harmon & Kelly Harmon. (
    Last edited by +Suomut+; Tuesday, October 26th, 2004 at 05:04 AM.

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    Smile Eric Hilliard Nelson & Sharon Kristin Harmon's Kids



    Tracy Kristine Nelson
    actress
    Born: 25 October 1963

    Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
    Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)

    By the time that she was 5, Tracy had a film credit to her name. The daughter of singer Ricky Nelson and Kris Harmon, she appeared as one of Henry Fonda's daughters in the movie Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). In 1982, she became the popular valley girl Jennifer DeNuccio on the CBS television series Square Pegs which ran from 1982-83. This popular show would make Tracy's name well known. She would make a few small appearances in movies, but she would pursue television and return in the 1984 series Glitter. Two years later, she was in the Nick Nolte movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986). In 1987, Tracy was very sick and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. In 1989, she returned to television as Sister Stephanie Oscalsky, nosey detective, in Father Dowling Mysteries. Since that time, she has appeared in a handful of television movies and had a reoccurring role on Melrose Place and A League of Their Own (1993).

    Her work can be seen
    here.

    Granddaughter of Oswald George Nelson, Peggy Lou Snyder, Thomas Dudley Harmon, & Elsie (Elyse) Kornbrath Knox; daughter of Eric Hilliard Nelson & Sharon Kristin Harmon; neice of Mark Harmon & Kelly Harmon; sister of Matthew Gray Nelson , Richard Gunnar Nelson, & Sam Hilliard Nelson. (source)


    Richard Gunnar Nelson
    musician
    Born: 1967

    Grandson of Oswald George Nelson, Peggy Lou Snyder, Thomas Dudley Harmon, & Elsie (Elyse) Kornbrath Knox; son of Eric Hilliard Nelson & Sharon Kristin Harmon; nephew of Mark Harmon & Kelly Harmon; brother of Tracy Kristine Nelson, Matthew Gray Nelson, & Sam Hilliard Nelson. Member of the rock band Nelson.

    Matthew Gray Nelson
    musician
    Born: 1967

    Grandson of Oswald George Nelson, Peggy Lou Snyder, Thomas Dudley Harmon, & Elsie (Elyse) Kornbrath Knox; son of Eric Hilliard Nelson & Sharon Kristin Harmon; nephew of Mark Harmon & Kelly Harmon; brother of Tracy Kristine Nelson, Richard Gunnar Nelson, & Sam Hilliard Nelson. Member of the rock band Nelson.


    Sam Hilliard Nelson
    musician
    Born: 1974
    Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)

    Grandson of Oswald George Nelson, Peggy Lou Snyder, Thomas Dudley Harmon, & Elsie (Elyse) Kornbrath Knox; son of Eric Hilliard Nelson & Sharon Kristin Harmon; nephew of Mark Harmon & Kelly Harmon; brother of Tracy Kristine Nelson, Richard Gunnar Nelson, & Matthew Gray Nelson. Returned to U.S. in 2000 after studing and living in Spain. Musician and lead vocals in band h is orange with Troy Brittain, Marcel Blanco and Guy Staniar.

    The Conclusion.
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