Kristin Nelson

American actress, painter (1945-2018)

Sharon Kristin Nelson (née Harmon; June 25, 1945 – April 27, 2018) was an American primitive painter, actress and author. She was married to musician Ricky Nelson.

Kristin Nelson
Kris and Rick Nelson
Kris and Rick Nelson in 1964.
Sharon Kristin Harmon

(1945-06-25)25 June 1945
Died27 April 2018(2018-04-27) (aged 72)
Other namesKristin Nelson Tinker
OccupationActress, painter, author
Ricky Nelson
(m. 1963; div. 1982)

Mark Tinker
(m. 1988; div. 2000)
ChildrenTracy Nelson (daughter)
Matthew Nelson (son)
Gunnar Nelson (son)
Sam Nelson (son)
Parent(s)Tom Harmon (1919–1990)
Elyse Knox (1917–2012)
RelativesMark Harmon (brother)
Kelly Harmon (sister)
Pam Dawber (sister-in-law)

She was the daughter of Tom Harmon and actress/model Elyse Knox, her younger siblings are model-actress Kelly Harmon and actor Mark Harmon.[1]

In 1988, she married Mark Tinker, who encouraged her to paint. Her brightly colored primitives found favor with Jacqueline Kennedy and Mia Farrow, among other celebrities, and they form the basis of her coffee-table autobiography Out of My Mind.

Nelson starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Adam-12, The Resurrection of Broncho Billy, which won an Academy Award for best live action short movie, and Liar's Moon.

Her daughter, actress Tracy Nelson, announced on Facebook that her mother had suddenly died on April 27, 2018 of a heart attack.[2][3]


  1. Nash, Eric P. "Books in Brief: Nonfiction; California Dreamin' ", The New York Times, November 16, 1997; retrieved February 24, 2010.
  2. "Tracy Kristine Nelson".
  3. "Inside the Tragic Downfall of Kristin Harmon: Mark Harmon's Late Sister and Former Member of TV Royalty".

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