Harriet Hilliard Overview:

Actress, Harriet Hilliard, was born Peggy Lou Snyder on Jul 18, 1909 in Des Moines, IA. Hilliard appeared in over 35 film and TV roles. Hilliard died at the age of 85 on Oct 2, 1994 in Laguna Beach, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


By the early 1930s Harriet Hilliard was performing in vaudeville and singing in New York City nightclubs. She met Ozzie Nelson in 1932, joined his big band, and married him three years later in 1935. In 1936, Hilliard made her feature film debut as Connie Martin in Follow the Fleet starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott; several more film appearances followed throughout the late 1930s and 1940s. Hilliard, however, is probably best known for her role as Harriet Nelson in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, first on the hit radio show (1944-1954), then in the long-running TV sitcom (1952-1966).

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



Hilliard was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 2009.

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CMBA Blogathon: The Fabulous Films of the 30s ? Follow the Fleet (1936)

By Annmarie Gatti on Apr 27, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

The Fabulous Films of the 30?s: Follow the Fleet starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and… I distinctly remember the first time I saw Follow the Fleet. ?It was many years ago, during one of those ‘vacation weeks’ between Christmas and New Years. I was staying up really late, thorou... Read full article

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Harriet Hilliard Quotes:

Connie Martin: [singing] The moon is high, the sky is blue. And here am I, but where are you? A night like this was meant for two. And I am here, but where are you? Have you forgotten the night that we met? With so much to remember how could you forget? The dreams I dream have yet to come true. My dreams and I are here, but where are you?

Connie Martin: [singing] Get thee behind me, Satan I want to resist. But the moon is low and I can't say "No". Get thee behind me. Get thee behind me, Satan I mustn't be kissed. But the moon is low and I may let go. Get thee behind me. Someone I'm mad about Is waiting in the night for me. Someone that I mustn't see. Satan, get thee behind me. He promised to wait. But I won't appear and he may come here. Satan, he's at my gate. Get thee behind me. Stay where you are. It's too late..

Bilge: Hey, eh, what's the idea?
Connie Martin: It's a line of defense.
Bilge: Well, watch my maneuvers -- you can't beat the navy.
Connie Martin: All right, sailor, I surrender.
Bilge: unconditionally?
Connie Martin: Well, I'm will to discuss terms.

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Harriet Hilliard Facts
Mother of actor-director David Nelson and of actor-singer Ricky Nelson.

She and Ozze Nelson were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6260 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Hollywood, California, USA, on the right as you enter, on the steep slope under the third tree, next to husband Ozzie Nelson, two rows below son Ricky Nelson.

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