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Harmon Nelson (1907–1975)

Harmon Oscar Nelson Jr. was a musician best known for being the legendary inspiration for Bette Davis' claimed nicknaming of the Academy Award statuette "Oscar," although the story likely is apocryphal as his nickname was "Ham." Davis' high school sweetheart, Ham (or "Oscar") Harmon married Bette on August 18, 1932. They divorced seven years later. ... See full bio »

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 1937 A Day at Santa Anita (Short)
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 1938 For Auld Lang Syne (Documentary short)
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 1935 A Dream Comes True (Documentary short)
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 2006 Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (TV Movie documentary)
 1994 Biography (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Davis's First Husband
- Bette Davis: If Looks Could Kill (1994) ... Himself - Davis's First Husband

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He and first wife Bette Davis were childhood sweethearts. She claimed to have given the Academy Award the nickname "Oscar" after his middle name. See more »


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