Friday, May 10, 2013


On CBS' Sunday Morning, there was an adulatory segment about Mark Harmon.

It's too bad they didn't interview his sister Kristin. I doubt that her comments would be glowing.

Kris had been married to Rick Nelson and they had four children: daughter Tracy, twin sons Gunnar and Matthew, and son Sam. Kris had numerous problems, both physical and emotional. In 1987, two years after Rick Nelson's death, Kris entered a drug rehabilitation program; she requested that her brother Mark care for her thirteen-year-old son Sam while she was in treatment. Her other children were grown.

Instead, while Kris was in treatment, Mark Harmon and his wife Pam Dawber brought a lawsuit to take custody of Kris' son Sam. It seemed like a fait accompli for the Harmons until the court ordered that Mark Harmon and his wife would be required to submit to drug tests because Kris' attorney said that he would produce witnesses to testify against them, especially about Dawber's drug use.

Interestingly, their suit was dropped.

Kris Harmon is an "American Primitive" painter and Jacqueline Kennedy admired her painting called When The Kennedys Were In The White House, and wanted to buy it. At the time, it was reported that Kris told her, "It's always been yours", and gave it to Mrs. Kennedy.

Kris' autobiography Out Of My Mind recounts her tumultuous life.

1 comment:

skymetalsmith said...

I got to look into that book Aunt Sue!