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Ozzie Nelson
D.O.B.: March 20, 1906 (Jersey City, NJ)
D.O.D.: June 3, 1975
Cause of Death:
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills; Revelation; #3540

Harriet Nelson
July 18, 1909(Des Moines, IA)
October 2, 1994 (Laguna Beach, CA)
Cause of Death:
Congestive Heart Failure
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills; Revelation; #3540

Ricky Nelson
May 8, 1940 (Teaneck, NJ)
D.O.D.: December 31, 1985 (De Kalb, TX)
Cause of Death: Plane Crash
Location: Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills; Revelation; #3538

Biographical Notes:

At the age of 13, Ozzie Nelson, became the youngest person to become an Eagle Scout. The requirements for Eagle Scout make it impossible for anyone to beat his record. He and his wife were the stars of the show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet".

Ozzie Nelson was a Thirties band leader who turned his attention to radio in 1944. The outcome of this was a nationally-syndicated situation comedy show, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet', the last-named being his actress/singer wife. In 1949, Ricky and his brother David joined the show's cast, playing themselves. The show transferred successfully to television in 1952 - it was to run until 1965 - and the whole family starred in a feature film, "Here Come The Nelsons." Thus, by 1956, when young Ricky Nelson asked his father to help him make a record, the request seemed natural. A brief career as a teen idol was, at the very least, clearly in the cards.

Ricky Nelson wrote the hit song, "Garden Party", after reluctantly making a 1971 appearance in a rock revival at Madison Square Garden and being booed because of his long hair and style, a far cry from his 'little Ricky' image. In the wake of Elvis, the winter of 1956-57 saw many an American teenager wanting to make a record. However, such was the ideology of teenage rebellion that few would have considered going to their parents for assistance. But then, Eric Hilliard Nelson was not exactly your standard American teenager. At age 16, he was a showbiz veteran who was probably as well known to America's youth as Presley. And although his father, Ozzie, didn't own a record company, he was the producer and star of the long-running television series, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet".

Appeared In:

"The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1952) TV

"Rio Bravo" (1959) Movie -- Ricky Nelson


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