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Peggy Louise "Harriet" Nelson (Snyder)

Also Known As: "Lou"
Birthplace: Des Moines, Polk County, IA, United States
Death: October 02, 1994 (85)
Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA, United States (Congestive Heart Failure)
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Roy Hilliard Snyder and Hazel Dell Snyder
Wife of Ozzie Nelson
Ex-wife of Private
Mother of David Oswald Nelson and Ricky Nelson

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About Harriet Nelson

Ozzie and Harriet TV Show

1. Harriet1 Hilliard (Roy Hilliard2 Snyder, Jacob H.3), daughter of Roy Hilliard Snyder and Hazel Dell McNutt, was born in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa 18 Jul 1909. She was born Peggy Louise Snyder, but her stage name was Harriet Hilliard before she married Ozzie Nelson. Harriet died 2 Oct 1994 in Laguna Beach, Florida, at 85 years of age.

She married Ozzie Nelson 8 Oct 1935. Ozzie was born in Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey 20 Mar 1906. Ozzie was the son of George Waldymar Nelson and Ethel Irene Orr. Ozzie died 3 Jun 1975 in Hollywood, California, at 69 years of age.

by 1932 she was performing in vaudeville when she met the saxophone-playing Ozzie Nelson and was hired by him as vocalist for his orchestra.

HARRIET HILLIARD: Harriet Nelson (née Hilliard) was an American singer and actress. Even more confusing, Harriet Nelson was born Peggy Lou Snyder in Des Moines, Iowa on July 18, 1909, to Roy Hilliard Snyder and Hazel Dell McNutt.

By 1932, she performed in vaudeville when she met saxophone-playing Ozzie Nelson and was hired as vocalist for his orchestra. They married three years later and with him and their children, Eric (or Ricky) Nelson and David Nelson, she starred in the highly popular radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet between 1944 and 1966. It is for that TV series which she is best known, despite the movies and singing career.


Mini Biography

Harriet Nelson will always have a secure place alongside Barbara Billingsley and Jane Wyatt in the "TV's Golden Age Mom Hall of Fame." For fourteen years, she, husband Ozzie Nelson, and their two boys, David Nelson and Ricky Nelson, were the quintessential role models of the '50s ideal nuclear family. Harriet, the daughter of actors, was practically born in a trunk. She made her debut amid the footlights at age 6 weeks with her parents. The Iowa beauty attended St. Agnes Academy in her early years. Quite a dazzler in her youth, she was playing vaudeville when she attracted the attention of saxophone-playing Ozzie Nelson and was hired by him as vocalist for his orchestra in 1932. They married three years later. Harriet had a bold, sassy edge to her that proved a perfect counterpoint to Ozzie's genial, stumbling personality in their off-the-cuff routines. During the '40s, they were regulars on Red Skelton's radio show and even took over the comic's time slot when Red was drafted into the army. As Harriet Hilliard, she moved to leading lady status in a number of cool, snazzy war-era musicals, the most notable as "second lead" to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Follow the Fleet (1936). Other minor efforts included Cocoanut Grove (1938), Sweetheart of the Campus (1941) with Ozzie, Juke Box Jenny (1942), and Honeymoon Lodge (1943), also with Ozzie. Breezy, tuneful films, but nothing to write home about. Once Harriet partnered with Ozzie in their own radio series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" in 1944, the family-oriented woman's career became unequivocally bound to his. They extended their devoted radio audience to TV (1952-1966). "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952), which now included both their sons, made household names of the entire clan. David followed in his father's footsteps as director/producer, while Ricky turned pop teen idol with such hits as "Hello, Mary Lou" and "Travelin' Man," songs that were introduced on the show. Following the show's long run, Ozzie and Harriet lay back a bit and settled in Laguna Beach, California, touring occasionally on stage. A second series entitled "Ozzie's Girls" (1973) lasted only one season.

Following Ozzie's death in 1975, Harriet turned somewhat reclusive, save for a few mini-movies or guest spots. She never fully recovered from son Ricky's death in a plane crash in 1985. She was the doting grandmother of actress Tracy Nelson and of twin rockers Matthew Nelson and Gunnar Nelson, who were simply called "Nelson." A heavy smoker most of her life, she never smoked in public, feeling it did not befit her "perfect mom" image. She died of emphysema and congestive heart failure in 1994.

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Harriet Nelson's Timeline

July 18, 1909
Des Moines, Polk County, IA, United States
October 24, 1936
Manhattan, New York City, New York County, New York, United States
May 8, 1940
Teaneck, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
October 2, 1994
Age 85
Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA, United States
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, United States