biographyBorn Dixie Kay Nelson in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on August 15, 1933, petite actress Lori Nelson spent her formative years working in radio and as a child model. Longing to be an actress, she succeeded early when Universal-International put her under contract on her 17th birthday. Coming up through the studio system, Nelson had to wait for nearly two years before her first film opened, which was Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952; with Marjorie Main). She went on to star in a number of Universal's cult classics, including Revenge of the Creature (1955; with John Agar and John Bromfield) and Underwater! (1955; with Jane Russell).
Chuck Connors) and Untamed Youth (1957; with Mamie Van Doren). In 1957, she accepted a part in the syndicated TV series How to Marry A Millionaire alongside Merry Anders and Barbara Eden. However, Nelson left the show after the first season and was replaced by Lisa Gaye. The series was canceled in 1959 after two seasons.
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Francis Goes to West Point (1952)
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)
With James Best and Marjorie Main in the Universal-International series comedy Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
All American (1953)
With Richard Long and Tony Curtis in the Universal-International romance All American
With Roy Roberts and Russell Johnson in Tumbleweed
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955)
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
From Revenge of the Creature, the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon. LEFT and CENTER: With John Agar. RIGHT: Nelson gets carried off by the Creature
Gilbert Roland puts the moves on Lori Nelson in RKO's adventure Underwater!
Day the World Ended (1956)
From Roger Corman's campy sci-fi effort Day the World Ended. Here, Lori Nelson wrestles with mutant Paul Blaisdell
Untamed Youth (1957)
With Mamie Van Doren in the tortured teen flick Untamed Youth, released by Warner Bros.
How to Marry a Millionaire (1957-1959 Syndicated TV Series)
Dante (1960-1961 NBC TV Series)
From the NBC TV series Dante in a 1961 episode titled Dial D for Dante. Also pictured is series star Howard Duff
lori nelson todayNelson's career slowed when she married her first husband, composer Johnny Mann, in 1961. With the constraints of marriage and motherhood, she worked only sporadically, taking guest roles on popular television series, including many westerns. Her marriage to Mann ended in the 1970s, but she chose not to return to acting full-time. Nelson remarried in the 1980s and, in addition to her antiques business, dabbles in film and theatre from time to time.
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The Naked Monster (2005) with John Agar, Robert Clarke, Brinke Stevens, and Paul Marco
Mom, Can I Keep Her? (1998) with Gil Gerard, Kevin Dobson, Alana Stewart, Brinke Stevens, and Mary Woronov
Secret Sins of the Father (1994) with Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Purcell
Outlaw's Son (1957) with Dane Clark, Ben Cooper, and Ellen Drew
Untamed Youth (1957) with Mamie Van Doren, John Russell, and Yvonne Lime
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957) with Van Johnson and Kay Starr
The Day the World Ended (1956) with Richard Denning, Adele Jergens, and Mike Connors
Hot Rod Girl (1956) with John Smith, Chuck Connors, and Frank Gorshin
Pardners (1956) with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Lon Chaney Jr.
Mohawk (1956) with Scott Brady and Allison Hayes
I Died a Thousand Times (1955) with Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, and Lon Chaney Jr.
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955) with Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, and Russell Johnson
Revenge of the Creature (1955) with John Agar and John Bromfield
Sincerely Yours (1955) with Liberace, Joanne Dru, Dorothy Malone, William Demarest, Lurene Tuttle, and Guy Williams
Underwater! (1955) with Jane Russell, Gilbert Roland, and Richard Egan
Destry (1954) with Audie Murphy and Mari Blanchard
All American (1953) with Tony Curtis, Richard Long, Stuart Whitman, and Mamie Van Doren
Tumbleweed (1953) with Audie Murphy, Russell Johnson, and Lee Van Cleef
Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) with Donald O'Connor
All I Desire (1953) with Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, and Richard Long
Francis Goes to West Point (1952) with Donald O'Connor
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952) with Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, and James Best
Bend of the River (1952) with James Stewart, Julie Adams, and Rock Hudson
How to Marry a Millionaire, 1957-1959 syndicated TV series. Nelson portrayed Greta Hanson from 1957-1958. Also starring in this series were Merry Anders, Barbara Eden, and Lisa Gaye
TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Family Affair, episode Goodbye, Mrs. Beasley, originally aired February 18, 1971
Armstrong Circle Theatre, episode Days of Confusion: The Story of College Admissions, originally aired September 13, 1961
Whispering Smith, episode Double Edge, originally aired August 7, 1961
Bachelor Father, episode Drop That Calorie, originally aired July 6, 1961
Laramie, episode Trigger Point, originally aired May 16, 1961
The Tab Hunter Show, episode Sultan for a Day, originally aired March 5, 1961
Dante, episode Dial D for Dante, originally aired January 16, 1961
The Tab Hunter Show, episode My Darling Teacher, originally aired November 27, 1960
Lock Up, episode The Seventh Hour, originally aired November 5, 1960
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode Relay Station, originally aired December 28, 1959
Sugarfoot, episode The Gaucho, originally aired December 22, 1959
General Electric Theater, episode Night Club, originally aired October 11, 1959
The Millionaire, episode Millionaire Lorraine Daggett, originally aired September 29, 1959
Wagon Train, episode The Steele Family, originally aired June 17, 1959
The Texan, episode The Man Hater, originally aired June 15, 1959
Wanted: Dead or Alive, episode Bounty for a Bride, originally aired April 4, 1959
The 20th Century-Fox Hour, episode Threat to a Happy Ending, originally aired May 29, 1957
Climax!, episode Strange Hostage, originally aired December 20, 1956
Climax!, episode Fear Strikes Out, originally aired August 18, 1955
It's a Great Life, episode Foster Father, originally aired March 8, 1955
It's a Great Life, episode Winter Sports, originally aired February 22, 1955
lori nelson film now showingWatch Lori Nelson in a 1955 episode of Pantomime Quiz.
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