Archive for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

David Nelson

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October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011

David Nelson was the oldest son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. He, his parents and his brother, Ricky, rose to popularity with the highly successful radio and television program The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.  David also directed a number of episodes of the show and continued acting and directing long after the show ended.  Though, he stepped out of the public life for the last nearly 20 years of his life.

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Ricky Nelson

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May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985

Sometimes you are just born into show business.  Eric “Ricky” Nelson was certainly that.  At the age of 9, he began playing himself on the long-running radio and television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, alongside his mother and father and brother, David.  During the run of the show, and well after it ended, Ricky became a very successful musician.  He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and had over 50 singles on the Billboard charts during his career.

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Ozzie and Harriet Nelson

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March 20, 1906 – June 3, 1975
July 18, 1909 – October 2, 1994

Oswald Nelson and Harriet Hilliard were married in 1935.  Harriet was a singer in Ozzie’s band (he also sang and played saxophone) and the two began a foray into show business that would entertain millions for decades.  Their biggest success was by way of the 1940’s radio program The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet which followed the Nelsons and their two sons, David and Ricky (portrayed by actors until 1949).  The popularity of the show and the dawn of a newfangled medium led, of course, to the 14-year running television sitcom of the same name – this time, with each of the four Nelsons portraying him/herself as America watch the family grow up on a box in their living rooms.

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