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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another Sign of Getting Old - The Death Of TV Icons

This photo shows the Nelson Family, Ozzie and Harriet with sons Ricky, left, and David, in their television home. David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles. He was 74. He was older than Ricky but the last to pass. Ricky died in a plane crash on December 31, 1985.

The TV show was not the only entertaining this family presented. Before the TV show, Ozzie had his own Band, the Ozzie Nelson Band, in the 30s. Harriet was a singer and a movie actress. Ricky was a bit of a rock star with a couple of hits. David was a producer and acted - his last film appearance was in Cry-Baby (1990).

An interesting note, before the show aired, Ozzie Nelson persuaded ABC to agree to a 10-year contract that paid the Nelsons whether the series was canceled or not. The unprecedented contract and Ozzie's insistence for perfection in the show's production paid off in the show's remarkable popularity.

Still it was an interesting time watching this family (reality TV?) live their lives from our B&W vantage point. I remember how calm the family always was. I'm sure Ozzie orchestrated their lives as well as he orchestrated his band. Everything was perfect.

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