Lori Nelson

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Lori Nelson Biography

Lori Nelson (born August 15, 1933) is an American actress and former model.

Early life

Born Dixie Kay Nelson in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nelson is the great grandniece of John J. Pershing. She began her career at the age of 2 appearing in local theater productions. When Nelson was 4 years old, her family moved to Encino, California. At the age of 5, she won the title of Little Miss America. During her childhood, she toured veteran's hospitals entertaining patients. At age 7, Nelson contracted rheumatic fever which left her bedridden for four years. After she recovered, she returned to pageants and won the title of Miss Encino at age 17. After graduating from Canoga Park High School, Nelson worked as a model. In 1950, she was signed to a 7-year contract with Universal-International.


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