Sunday, May 6, 2012

Don't confuse KIRSTEN Nelson with KRISTIN Harmon Nelson


Kirsten Nelson

A reader asked me if Kirsten Nelson, who appears as Karen Vick on the USA Network's Psych, is the woman who married Ricky Nelson in 1963.  The answer is NO, absolutely not.  Look closely.  The names are similar but not the same.  Rick Nelson married Kristin Harmon, the sister of actor Mark Harmon.  Kristin Harmon Nelson is now 66 years old and is an artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  My thanks to the reader.


MEREDITH MacRAE PLAYED BILLIE JO ON PETTICOAT JUNCTION, NOT MEREDITH BAXTER

Here are some other commonly confused celebrity names.  The actress who appeared on Petticoat Junction was the late Meredith MacRae and NOT Meredith Baxter, star of Bridget Loves Bernie, Family and Family Ties.  The confusion undoubtedly occurs because the two women have blonde hair and they share the same first name.

Mredith MacRae played the role of Billie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction from 1966 until 1970. She was the third actress to portray Billie Jo and stayed with the show until its end in 1970. (Jeannine Riley was the first Billie Jo from 1963 to 1965 and Gunilla Hutton played the second from 1965 to 1966).  

Meredith MacRae, the daughter of actors Gordon and Sheila MacRae, died of a brain tumour on July 14, 2000.  Meredith was 56 years old at the time of her death.  She is also remembered for her role as Sally Ann Morrison Douglas from 1963 until 1965 on the long-running sitcom My Three Sons.  

By the way, Meredith's mother, Sheila MacRae, is now 87 years old.


- Joanne



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