Helen Blair & Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson and Helen Blair
1980 - 1985

Ricky Nelson and Helen Blair  

Helen Blair and Ricky Nelson were in a relationship for 5 years before Ricky Nelson died aged 45.


American Actor Ricky Nelson passed away on 31st Dec 1985 DeKalb, Texas aged 45. Born Eric Hilliard Nelson on 8th May, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey and educated at Hollywood High School, Hollywood, CA, Ricky Nelson is most remembered for Ozzie and Harriet in a career that spanned 1949–1985. His zodiac sign is Taurus.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingSep 1980 - Dec 1985 5 years, 3 months
Total Sep 1980 - Dec 1985 36 years, 2 months

In 1980, Nelson met Helen Blair, a part-time model and exotic animal trainer, in Las Vegas. Within months of their meeting, she became his road companion, and in 1982 she moved in with him. She was the only woman he dated after his divorce.
Blair tried to make herself useful in Nelson's life by organizing his day and acting as a liaison for his fan club, but Nelson's mother, brother, business manager, and manager disapproved of her presence in his life. He contemplated marrying her but eventually declined. Blair died with Nelson in the airplane fire. Her name was never mentioned at Nelson's funeral. Blair's parents wanted their daughter buried next to Nelson at Forest Lawn Cemetery, but Harriet Nelson dismissed the idea. The Blairs refused to bury Helen's remains and filed a $2 million wrongful death suit against Nelson's estate. They received a small settlement. Nelson did not provide for Blair in his will.

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December, 1985 - Breakup

September, 1980 - Hookup

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