Tracy Nelson

Tracy Nelson

Birth name: Tracy Kristine Nelson
Born: October 25, 1963
Age: 54
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
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Tracy Kristine Nelson (born October 25, 1963) is an American actress and writer.


Early life

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.

At age 4 she played one of Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball's daughters in Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). Her future co-star Tom Bosley also appeared in that movie.

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."

Personal life

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.


Year Title Role Notes
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
Year Title Role Notes
1982-83 Square Pegs Jennifer DiNuccio See episode(s)

Main role • Season 1 (20 episodes)

1983 Hotel Isabel Darby See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 1, episode 1: "Blackout"

1984 St. Elsewhere Jennifer Milbourne See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 2, episode 19: "The Woman"

1984-85 Family Ties Deena Marx See episode(s)

Recurring role • Seasons 2, episode 15 "Ladies Man" / Season 3, episode 14: "Oh Donna"

1985 The Love Boat Sandy See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 8, episode 17: "Ace Takes the Test / The Counterfeit Couple / The Odd Triple"

1984-85 Glitter Angela Timini See episode(s)

Main role • Season 1 (14 episodes)

1986 Comedy Factory Michelle See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 2, episode 2: "Hearts of Steel"

1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Lori See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 4, episode 1: "The Drug Knot"

1989-91 Father Dowling Mysteries Sister Stephanie "Steve" Oskowski See episode(s)

Main role • Season 1-3 (42 episodes)

1993 A League of Their Own Evelyn Gardner See episode(s)

Main role • Season 1 (6 episodes)

1994 Matlock Jessie Morgan See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 8, episode 19: "The P.I."

1994 Burke's Law Eve Baker See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 1, episode 11: "Who Killed the Romance"

1994-95 Melrose Place Meredith Parker See episode(s)

Recurring role • Season 2-3 (4 episodes)

1995 The Nanny Mary Ruth See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 2, episode 25: "The Chatterbox"

1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Ruth Whitney See episode(s)

Recurring role • Season 2 (5 episodes)

1996 Touched by an Angel Lisa Magdaleno See episode(s)

Guest role •Season 2, episode 12: "The One That Got Away"

1996 Diagnosis: Murder Kristie Lofton See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 3, episode 15: "Mind Over Murder"

1998 Seinfeld Janet See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 9, episode 13 "The Cartoon"

1998 Murphy Brown Lisa See episode(s)

Recurring role • Season 10, episode 13: "Turpis Capillus Annus" / Season 10, episode 18: "Second Time Around"

2000 7th Heaven Pauline See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 5, episode 8: "Gossip"

2002 Will & Grace Alison See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 4, episode 22: "Wedding Balls"

2003 Still Standing Elise Larkin See episode(s)

Guest role • Season 2, episode 3: "Still the Bad Parents"

Television film
Year Title Role Notes
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
2008 Polar Opposites Jenna
2015 A Fatal Obsession Christie Ryan Lifetime Movie Network
2016 The Wrong Child Joyce Lifetime Movie Network
Year Title Role Notes
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)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]