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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 On December 25, 1961, Harmon began dating Rick Nelson. The Nelson and Harmon families had long been friends and the young couple had much in common: quiet dispositions, Hollywood upbringings, and high-powered, domineering fathers. During the winter holiday season of 1962-63, the couple announced their engagement, and were married on April 20, 1963, in St. Martin of Tours Church in Hollywood before 400 guests in a 30-minute Catholic ceremony. … Read More
1963 18 Years Old Following her marriage to Rick Nelson in 1963, Harmon joined the Nelson family television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as a regular cast member, first appearing in the episode, "Rick's Wedding Ring".


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


1975 30 Years Old In 1975, the Nelsons were on the verge of breaking up but Harmon would have had no parental support; the devoutly Catholic Harmons strongly disapproved of divorce. … Read More
1976 31 Years Old In 1976, Harmon and 17-year-old Ronald Reagan, Jr. were discovered having sex in his parents' bed by Secret Service agents.
1977 32 Years Old 1 More Event
When Nelson returned from a tour in 1977, he discovered Harmon had moved him out of their home and into a rented house. … Read More
1980 35 Years Old In October 1980, Harmon moved into an upstairs room at Mulholland Drive house, and again filed for divorce. … Read More
1981 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1981, Harmon's attorney noted that Nelson's assets were insufficient to warrant lengthy proceedings, and recommended a quick settlement. … Read More
1982 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Accusations of drug and alcohol use and poor parenting were exchanged between the Nelsons, and, after two years of acrimony, they were divorced in December 1982. The divorce was financially devastating for Nelson with attorneys and accountants taking over $1 million. Harmon and Nelson had four children. Their first, daughter Tracy Kristine Nelson, was born six months after the wedding on October 25, 1963, at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. … Read More


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, based on the grounds that Kristin was incapable of good parenting. … Read More
1988 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, she met director-producer Mark Tinker, who asked her what she wanted to do with her life. … Read More
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