Kristin Nelson

Actress + Painter
Born Jun 25, 1945

Kristin Nelson is an American primitive painter, actor, and author, once married to actor/musician Rick Nelson. Daughter of American football star Tom Harmon, she married Nelson in 1963 and joined their family television show. The couple had four children, but their extravagant lifestyle, forcing Nelson to tour for long periods, placed great pressure on the marriage.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Kristin Nelson.


1945 Birth Born on June 25, 1945.


1961 16 Years Old Harmon began dating her longtime friend Ricky Nelson on Christmas Day, 1961. A year later, the couple announced their engagement,. They were married on April 20, 1963, in a Catholic ceremony at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Los Angeles. … Read More
The daughter of the American football star Tom Harmon and the actress Elyse Knox, she is the older sister of model-actress Kelly Harmon and actor Mark Harmon. She married Nelson in 1963 and joined their family television show. … Read More


1965 20 Years Old In 1965, she co-starred with Nelson in the romantic comedy, Love and Kisses, in which they demonstrate the troubles of a young couple of school age who get married—an "inspired casting", according to one critic. … Read More
1967 22 Years Old Twin sons Gunnar Eric Nelson and Matthew Gray Nelson were born on September 20, 1967. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old Their fourth child, Sam Hilliard Nelson, was born August 29, 1974. … Read More


1977 32 Years Old In October 1977, Harmon filed for divorce and asked for alimony, custody of their four children and a portion of community property, but the couple temporarily reconciled. … Read More
1980 35 Years Old In October 1980, Harmon again filed for divorce. … Read More
1982 37 Years Old Accusations of drug and alcohol use and poor parenting were exchanged and, after two years of acrimony, the couple was divorced in December 1982. … Read More


1985 40 Years Old A long-fought divorce was finally granted before Rick Nelson's death in an air-crash in 1985.
1987 42 Years Old In 1987, two years after Nelson's death, Harmon was undergoing drug rehabilitation when her brother Mark Harmon and his wife Pam Dawber petitioned for custody of Kristin's youngest son Sam, on the grounds that Kristin was incapable of good parenting. … Read More
In 1988, she married Mark Tinker, who encouraged her to paint. … Read More


1999 54 Years Old In 1999, Nelson's paintings were published in a coffee-table-sized autobiography, Out of My Mind. … Read More
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