Thursday, April 26, 2018
She took her husband's name
Most old-time television fans are aware of the Ozzie and Harriet television program, and that the family was a real-life family. What they might not know is that Harriett Hilliard had put together a fairly good career in her own right well into the 1930s. However, with the beginning of their popular radio show in 1944, she became more familiarly known as Harriet Nelson. In Hollywood, it is a very rare thing for a wife who has an established film career to change her name to her husband's. I am not implying that in real life Harriet was as she was displayed in the show; the evidence is that she was somewhat more rough-cut than that. But at least she did take her husband's name.