Harriet Nelson

Actor, Singer
Band singer and radio vocalist who began in vaudeville under the name of Harriet Hilliard while quite young and started enjoying crooning success on the airwaves during the Depression. In 1932 Hilliard was invited to be ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1909 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Our Kids and the Best of Everything 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Out For Dad 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

High School, U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Time 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid With the 200 I.Q. 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas For Boomer 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Ozzie's Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Ozzie's Girls 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Here Come the Nelsons 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Death Car on the Freeway (TV Show)

Actor

Follow the Fleet (Movie)

Connie Martin (Actor)

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV Show)

Actor

Take It Big (Movie)

Jerry Clinton (Actor)

The Falcon Strikes Back (Movie)

Gwynne Gregory (Actor)
Other (1)

Idols 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Film Clips

Biography

Band singer and radio vocalist who began in vaudeville under the name of Harriet Hilliard while quite young and started enjoying crooning success on the airwaves during the Depression. In 1932 Hilliard was invited to be a featured vocalist with a dance band headed by Ozzie Nelson. The two married in 1935, and Hilliard soon thereafter made a prominent debut in films as Ginger Rogers' sister in "Follow the Fleet" (1936), one of the immensely popular musicals Rogers and Fred Astaire made at RKO. Hilliard sang several numbers which she delivered in her modest but pleasantly soothing style, and her romance with Randolph Scott actually formed the basis of the plot. Hilliard made a number of other films but wasn't particularly interested in a film career and essentially stuck with Nelson.

Relationships

Hazel McNutt

Mother

David Nelson Actor

Son
Born October 24, 1936 father, Ozzie Nelson starred with his parents on the long-running sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"

Ozzie Nelson

Husband
married from October 8, 1935 until his death from cancer on June 3, 1975 was leader of band for which Nelson (then known as Harriet Hilliard) sang was later her co-star on radio and later TV for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", which he also produced and episodes of which he also wrote and directed

David Nelson

Son
born on October 24, 1936 in NYC wives have included actors June Blair and Yvonne O'Connor Huston besides acting in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" on TV also performed in features including "Peyton Place" (1957) and "The Big Show" (1961) survived his mother

Eric Nelson

Son
born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey died in a plane crash in DeKalb, Texas on December 31, 1985 was major rock'n'roll star from the late 1950s through the early 70s several dozen song hits included "Be-Bop Baby", "Poor Little Fool", "Travelin' Man" and "Garden Party" besides acting in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" on TV was also in features including "Rio Bravo" (1959) and "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (1960) was married to actor Kristin Harmon Tinker father of Tracy, Matt

Tracy Nelson

Granddaughter
born on October 25, 1963 father, Rick Nelson mother, Kris Harmon played regular roles on the short-lived series, "Glitter" and "A League of Their Own" enjoyed a longer running series with "The Father Dowling Mysteries" (1989-91), in which she played Sister Steve

Gunnar Nelson

Grandson
born September 20, 1967 father Rick Nelson, mother Kris Tinker (nee Harmon) twin of Matthew Nelson, with whom he formed the pop duo Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Grandson
born September 20, 1967 father, Rick Nelson, mother Kris Harmon twin of Gunnar Nelson, with whom he formed the pop duo Nelson was for a time involved with Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly and Venetia Stevenson married model Yvette Stephans

Sam Nelson

Grandson
born in 1974 raised by his maternal grandparents, Tom and Elyse Harmon was subject of a custody battle between Rick Nelson's widow Kris Harmon Nelson and her brother actor Mark Harmon Kris Harmon eventually won custody

Roy Sedley

Husband
married in 1930 divorced in 1931

Roy Snyder

Father
separated from wife

EDUCATION

St Agnes Academy

Kansas City , Missouri

Milestones

1989

Last TV appearance, guesting on an episode of the "Father Dowling Mysteries", a series which starred her granddaughter Tracy Nelson

1987

Appeared on the NBC comedy special, "Time Out for Dad", and the attendant instructional special, "Our Kids and the Best of Everything"

1976

TV miniseries debut, "Once an Eagle"

1976

TV-movie debut, "Smash-Up on Interstate 5"

1951

Starred (along with family) in a feature film, "Here Come the Nelsons", which was essentially an extended episode of their popular radio program; was also Harriet Nelson's last feature film appearance

1949

Child actors on radio's "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" replaced with the couples own sons David and Ricky, to some extent in response to the children's insistence

1943

Last feature film for eight years, "Take It Big"

1940

First film in which she acted opposite husband Ozzie Nelson, "Sweetheart of the Campus", in which they took second and third billing behind Ruby Keeler

1940

With husaband, appeared regularly on Red Skelton's radio program

1937

Moved to Hollywood with husband; appeared for one season on the radio show "Seeing Stars"

1936

Made feature film debut opposite Randolph Scott as the second leads of the musical, "Follow the Fleet", starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire

1932

Became a singer for bandleader Ozzie Nelson's orchestra

1925

At age 16, made Broadway debut

1912

Began performing onstage with her parents at age three (date approximate)

Starred opposite Ozzie Nelson in the syndicated TV sitcom, "Ozzie's Girls"

When parents separated, raised first by her aunt and grandmother then sent to live at St Agnes Academy in Kansas City

Took the name of Harriet Hilliard when she began performing in vaudeville

Starred opposite her husband on the popular radio program, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"; originally began the show with child actors playing their children

Starred in long-running ABC sitcom, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"; also did supervisory (but uncredited) work on the program's sets and costumes

Fell down a set of stairs not long after her last TV appearance and crushed a vertebra; complications from that and emphysema from a lifetime of smoking caused health decline in the early 1990s

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