Her husband and sons on the show were her real life husband and kids. Celebrity and vocalist Harriet Nelson was born Peggy Lou Snyder on July 18, 1909, in Des Moines, Iowa. While she used the stage name Harriet Hilliard to get several years, she’s best known as Harriet Nelson, one of television’s most celebrated moms.
Born into a theatrical family, she got her start for an early age. Nelson spent years traveling, touring on the vaudeville circuit. In the early 1930s, she performed at clubs in Nyc and had a part in a short film entitled The Campus Mystery (1932). Around now, she joined Ozzie Nelson as a vocalist in his group, as well as the two later became a couple off stage. They married in 1935. She found greater success, nevertheless, matching up together with her husband. They appeared together on comic Red Skelton’s radio show in the early 1940s before starting their own hit radio show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, in 1944.
From the time it had been on television, her real life sons played themselves on the show, making the program an actual family matter. On the air for 14 years, the show centered on the day to day problems of parenting and being a teen. In addition, it provided a stage for his or her son Ricky to start his musical career; he appeared as a popular teen idol and vocalist. Throughout the length of its own run, the lads grew up, went to school and got married.
The couple attempted to recapture a number of its earlier magic in 1973 using the short lived show Ozzie’s Girls. The assumption of the show Ozzie and Harriet renting out their sons’ rooms to two young female college students—failed to bring an audience. Not long after, Harriet lost her great love when Ozzie expired in 1975. She endured another private loss when her son Ricky perished in a plane crash in 1985. Mainly pulled away from public life, Nelson made a few guest appearances through the years. Her later years were marked by ill health. Following a fall, she fought with back pain and had emphysema.