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:

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.

Bilge: Connie, I've been wanting to say this to you but I... I don't know how, uh... Can't we start again, just like we did in the beginning?
Connie Martin: I'm afraid you missed the beginning. This is the end of the show.

Ticket Booth Attendant: Sorry Miss, it's the rules of The Paradise -- no girls are allowed in without escorts.
Connie Martin: Oh, I see. Women aren't even admitted to paradise without a man.

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Harriet Hilliard Facts
Pictured with husband Ozzie Nelson on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952).

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6821 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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