Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Worth 1,000 Words: RICKY NELSON & TRACEY GOLD


By Steve Crum

Significant as RICKY NELSON'S last appearance on either TV or film, 1981's CBS-TV Movie, A TALE OF FOUR WISHES (originally broadcast Nov. 8, 1981) headlined Ricky along with future Growing Pains star TRACEY GOLD. Rick (then billed as such) portrayed Skeeter. Tracey was Jane, a girl who learns important lessons from her grandfather after wishing for more.
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RICKY NELSON, born Eric Hilliard Nelson [May 8, 1940-Dec. 31, 1985], died in an airplane crash four years after this made-for-TV film. His career includes his revered role starring with his real life family in radio and TV's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. There are also his 53 Billboard Top 100 recording hits, 19 of which placed in the Top 10.

TRACEY GOLD, born May 16, 1969, became popular as Carol Seaver, one of the teen cast of TV's Growing Pains series. Like many child actresses (and actors), her private life has included many physical and emotional challenges.
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This rare, CBS-TV publicity photo is identified on the backside as A Tale of Four Wishes, CBS--Tues., July 6, 1982--4:30-5:30 p.m. E. T. No doubt this was a rebroadcast. Interesting to note that Ms. Gold is identified as Stacy Gold instead of Tracey Gold. [from Steve Crum's showbiz memorabilia collection]
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See and hear Ricky Nelson sing one of his biggest hits, Travelin' Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0janfcZ8LUw

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