Harriet Nelson

Biography: Harriet Hilliard, a successful actress and singer in her own right, married bandleader Ozzie Nelson in 1935. Although, as Harriet Hilliard, she was ascending to leading lady status in her film career - most notably playing second lead to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Follow the Fleet (1936) - the couple, as a couple, had a successful run on Red Skelton's radio show in the early-1940's and her identity as an independent woman began to be subsumed by her identity as Ozzie's wife. Once she partnered with him in their radio series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1944), her identity became Harriet Nelson, wife and mother.

The radio show's success made it a natural for the new, burgeoning world of network television and, in 1952, The Adventures of Ozzie And Harriet began its 15 year run, becoming an iconic bit of Americana along the way. Part sitcom and part reality TV, the show made the Nelson's and their children, David and Ricky, into household names - especially
Ricky, who became a teen idol and popular singing star.

After Ozzie died, Harriet stayed mostly out of the public eye, appearing only occasionally in guest spots on television - sometimes as Harriet Nelson and sometimes as Harriet Hilliard. When Ricky died, she withdrew into seclusion almost entirely, content to be a grandmother to Ricky's daughter, actress Tracy Nelson, and his two young sons, Matthewand Gunnar. A life-long heavy smoker who, due to her image as a "perfect mom", never smoked in public, Harriet Hilliard Nelson passed away in 1994 from emphysema and congestive heart failure. She will forever be remembered as one of America's iconic, idealized TV Mom's from the "golden age" of television, when innocence was the order of the day.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 14 Sep 15, 1965 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 13 Oct 7, 1964 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 12 Oct 2, 1963 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 11 Oct 4, 1962 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 10 Sep 28, 1961 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 9 Oct 26, 1960 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 8 Feb 10, 1960 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 7 Nov 12, 1958 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 6 Oct 2, 1957 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 5 Oct 24, 1956 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 4 Mar 23, 1956 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 3 Oct 8, 1954 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 2 Sep 18, 1953 Herself tbd
tbd The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Season 1 Oct 3, 1952 Herself tbd