Ozzie and Harriet Nelson

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

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.

Ozzie died of liver cancer in 1975 and Harriet continued to work in television for the next 15 years.  She died of heart failure in 1994.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Revelation, Lot 3540; From the northwestern point of the Murmuring Trees section on Evergreen Dr., walk 14 rows up the hill to the southwest (away from the Murmuring Trees point) in the Revelation section, you’ll find Ozzie and Harriet’s graves, side by side,  just 2 rows behind a tree.

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