Born: October 25, 1963
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Tracy Kristine Nelson (born October 25, 1963) is an American actress and writer.
Nelson was born in Santa Monica, California. She is a fourth-generation performer. Her great-grandparents were vaudeville performers Hazel Dell (née McNutt) and Roy Hilliard Snyder. Their daughter was her paternal grandmother Harriet Nelson, the star of the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Her parents were Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ricky Nelson and actress/artist Kristin Nelson (née Harmon). She has three younger siblings: Matthew Nelson and Gunnar Nelson of the 1990s rock group Nelson, and Sam Nelson. Her paternal grandparents were Ozzie and Harriet Hilliard Nelson, whose long running television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is represented in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Nelson's maternal grandparents were Tom Harmon, a Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Michigan, and actress Elyse Knox. She is also the niece of actors David Nelson, and her mother's siblings Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon.
Nelson started her career early, her first "role" was as herself at age 3 months on her grandparents' television show.
Nelson is a professional dancer, having studied ballet for 17 years with Tania Lachine and toured throughout California in a dance company while still in grammar school. Nelson studied theater with Kim Stanley and Nina Foch and briefly in the United Kingdom, performing in The Edinburgh Fringe Festival after graduation from high school. In 1982, she played "valley girl" Jennifer DeNuccio on the television series Square Pegs,:1007 and in 1986 she landed the role of the anorexic daughter in Paul Mazursky's film Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
Nelson is perhaps best known as "Sister Stephanie" from the television series The Father Dowling Mysteries. She was also a series regular on Aaron Spelling's Glitter, A League of Their Own,:590 and the Australian television series The Man From Snowy River.:986 Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Nelson made guest appearances on television series including Family Ties, St. Elsewhere, Murphy Brown, The Nanny, 7th Heaven, Melrose Place, Will and Grace, Matlock, and Seinfeld. She was in the touring company and on Broadway as "Rizzo" in Grease in 1995. Nelson has appeared in several theatrical releases and over 20 television movies, including The Perfect Nanny in 2000, The Perfect Husband, Kate's Secret, The Fight for Jesse, and The Rival in 2006.
Tracy Nelson has written a book about her personal experience and a movie script about her family "The Nelsons."
She went to The Buckley School and graduated in 1981 from the Westlake School for Girls (now Harvard-Westlake School) in Los Angeles. She attended Bard College in upstate New York, studying Dance and European History.
Nelson has survived three kinds of cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma a month after her 1987 marriage to actor William R. Moses, and one year after her father was killed in an aircraft crash on New Year's Eve in DeKalb, Texas. Nelson went into remission after surgery, chemotherapy (ABVD) and radiation at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She and Moses divorced in 1997 and share a daughter, actress Remington Elizabeth Moses, born in 1992. Nelson had a son, Elijah Nelson Clark, with Chris Clark in 2001. Having suffered trauma from radiation, Nelson was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2005 and breast cancer in 2010. She is currently fully recovered from a bilateral mastectomy and complete reconstruction.
Nelson is active in cancer research advocacy and was the spokesperson for The Lymphoma Research Foundation of America. She received the "Lifesaver Award" from that organization and the "Jill Ireland Award" from the Amie Karen Cancer Fund for Children.
|1968||Yours, Mine and Ours||Germaine Beardsley||Directed by Melville Shavelson|
|1984||Maria's Lovers||Joanie||Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky|
|1986||Down and Out in Beverly Hills||Jenny Whiteman||Directed by Paul Mazursky|
|1998||The Night Caller||Beth Needham||Directed by Robert Malenfant|
|2000||The Perfect Tenant||Rachel||Directed by Doug Campbell|
|2000||The Perfect Nanny||Andrea McBride/Nikki Harcourt||Directed by Robert Malenfant|
|2000||Home - The Horror Story||Linda Parkinson||Directed by Temístocles López|
|2001||Dumb Luck||Kelly Jordan||Directed by Craig Clyde|
|2002||Fangs||Ally Parks||Directed by Kelly Sandefur|
|2005||Miracle at Sage Creek||Adrianne||Directed by James Intveld|
|2009||The Telemarketers: 36 Hrs||Taylor||Directed by Lonny Stevens • direct-to-video|
|2013||My Stepbrother is a Vampire!?!||Denise||Directed by David DeCoteau|
|2016||Emma's Chance||Principal Matheson||Directed by Anna Elizabeth James|
|2016||Arlo: The Burping Pig||Mrs. Pritchett||Directed by Tom DeNucci|
|2016||The Last Note||Sis||Directed by Robert Zameroski|
|2018||As Long as I'm Famous||Theda Bara||Directed by Bruce Reisman|
|1982-83||Square Pegs||Jennifer DiNuccio||
Main role • Season 1 (20 episodes)
Guest role • Season 1, episode 1: "Blackout"
|1984||St. Elsewhere||Jennifer Milbourne||
Guest role • Season 2, episode 19: "The Woman"
|1984-85||Family Ties||Deena Marx||
Recurring role • Seasons 2, episode 15 "Ladies Man" / Season 3, episode 14: "Oh Donna"
|1985||The Love Boat||Sandy||
Guest role • Season 8, episode 17: "Ace Takes the Test / The Counterfeit Couple / The Odd Triple"
Main role • Season 1 (14 episodes)
Guest role • Season 2, episode 2: "Hearts of Steel"
|1986||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Lori||
Guest role • Season 4, episode 1: "The Drug Knot"
|1989-91||Father Dowling Mysteries||Sister Stephanie "Steve" Oskowski||
Main role • Season 1-3 (42 episodes)
|1993||A League of Their Own||Evelyn Gardner||
Main role • Season 1 (6 episodes)
Guest role • Season 8, episode 19: "The P.I."
|1994||Burke's Law||Eve Baker||
Guest role • Season 1, episode 11: "Who Killed the Romance"
|1994-95||Melrose Place||Meredith Parker||
Recurring role • Season 2-3 (4 episodes)
|1995||The Nanny||Mary Ruth||
Guest role • Season 2, episode 25: "The Chatterbox"
|1995||Snowy River: The McGregor Saga||Ruth Whitney||
Recurring role • Season 2 (5 episodes)
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Lisa Magdaleno||
Guest role •Season 2, episode 12: "The One That Got Away"
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Kristie Lofton||
Guest role • Season 3, episode 15: "Mind Over Murder"
Guest role • Season 9, episode 13 "The Cartoon"
Recurring role • Season 10, episode 13: "Turpis Capillus Annus" / Season 10, episode 18: "Second Time Around"
Guest role • Season 5, episode 8: "Gossip"
|2002||Will & Grace||Alison||
Guest role • Season 4, episode 22: "Wedding Balls"
|2003||Still Standing||Elise Larkin||
Guest role • Season 2, episode 3: "Still the Bad Parents"
|1986||Pleasures||Annie Benton||ABC movie|
|1986||Kate's Secret||Patch Reed||NBC movie|
|1987||Home||Susan Costigan||CBS movie|
|1987||Tonight's the Night||Jamie Davies||ABC movie|
|1987||If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium||Randi Wainwright||NBC movie|
|1987||Fatal Confession||Sister Stephanie "Steve" Oskowski||Pre-series movie to Father Dowling Mysteries|
|1992||Highway Heartbreaker||Annie||CBS movie|
|1992||Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo||Charley Adams||NBC movie|
|1993||No Child of Mine||Tammy||CBS movie|
|1994||Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice||Donna Colla||NBC movie|
|1995||Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder||Donna Colla||NBC Movie|
|1996||For Hope||Annie Altman||ABC movie|
|1997||Touched By Evil||Clara Devlin||ABC movie|
|1999||The Promise||Lisa Miles||NBC movie|
|2000||Perfect Game||Diane Crosby||Disney Channel movie|
|2002||Killer Bees!||Audrey Harris||Pax TV movie|
|2004||The Perfect Husband||Lisa Dorian|
|2005||A Killer Upstairs||Sandra Nowlin|
|2006||The Rival||Alice Miller|
|2007||A Grandpa for Christmas||Marie O'Riley||Hallmark Channel movie|
|2015||A Fatal Obsession||Christie Ryan||Lifetime Movie Network|
|2016||The Wrong Child||Joyce||Lifetime Movie Network|
|1995||The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley: The Case of the Sea World Adventure||Video short|
|1995||The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley: The Case of the Mystery Cruise||Mary-Kate and Ashley's mom||Video short|
|2000||The Bus Stop|
|2016||The Eleventh||Cynthia||miniseries short (5 episodes)|