Tracy Nelson – Net Worth, Ex-Huband (William R. Moses), Cancer, Biography

Tracy Nelson is an American dancer, actress, and writer, who is perhaps best known as “Sister Stephanie” from the television series “The Father Dowling Mysteries.”


She was born on October 25, 1963, in Santa Monica, California, USA, as Tracy Kristine Nelson.

Her youngest brother Sam became a musician and music executive, while her younger brothers Gunnar and Matthew were musicians who formed the band Nelson.

Her maternal grandparents were actress Elyse Knox and football star and sportscaster Tom Harmon, whereas her paternal grandparents were the famous singing-and-acting duo Harriet and Ozzie Nelson.

Her father, Rick Nelson, died at 45 after a DC-3 charter carrying him and his band caught fire in midair and crashed outside De Kalb, Texas, killing Nelson and six others.

Tracy and her younger brothers, Gunnar Nelson and Matthew Nelson, have always said that their father’s 1985 plane crash death was caused by a malfunctioning heater and not due to alleged drug use on board of the plane.

In 1968, at age 4, Tracy appeared in Yours, Mine and Ours as one of the daughters of Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball. Before its release, the movie had three other working titles:

  • His, Hers, and Theirs;
  • Full House;
  • The Beardsley Story.

Nelson received education at The Buckley School and later transferred to the Westlake School for Girls (presently known as Harvard-Westlake School), graduating in 1981. After graduation, she briefly attended Bard College.

Tracy is a professional dancer, having studied ballet for 17 years with Tania Lachine and toured throughout California, USA, in a dance company while still in grammar school.

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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Tracy made guest appearances on television series including:

  • Seinfeld (an American television sitcom which ran for nine seasons on NBC, from 1989 to 1998);
  • Family Ties;
  • Diagnosis Murder;
  • St. Elsewhere;
  • Matlock;
  • Murphy Brown;
  • Will and Grace;
  • The Nanny;
  • Melrose Place (an American primetime soap opera which aired on Fox from July 8, 1992, to May 24, 1999);
  • 7th Heaven.

In 2021, Nelson portrayed Detective Klein in the thriller ”The Wrong Prince Charming.”


Tracy Nelson married William R. Moses (the son of advertising executive Richard Cantrell Moses Sr and actress Marian McCargo) in 1987.

Tracy Nelson with her husband William R. Moses
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The couple divorced in 1997.


Tracy and Moses welcomed a daughter in 1992. Furthermore, she has a son, Elijah Nelson Clark, born August 22, 2001, with Chris Clark, a jazz, soul, and blues singer, who recorded for Motown Records.

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Her acting mentor was Tom Bosley, an American actor, television personality, voice artist, and entertainer who is best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the ABC sitcom Happy Days.

In 1986, Tracy landed the role of the anorexic daughter in Paul Mazursky’s film Down and Out in Beverly Hills. In 1982, Nelson played “valley girl” Jennifer DeNuccio on the television series Square Pegs, an American sitcom that aired on CBS during the 1982–1983 season.

She is active in cancer research advocacy and was the spokesperson for The Lymphoma Research Foundation of America.

Tracy was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 30 days after her 1987 marriage to William R. Moses. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes (white blood cells, which are one of the body’s main types of immune cells).

Nelson went into remission after radiation and chemotherapy (ABVD) at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She also underwent a 7-hour medical procedure.

The surgeons removed Nelson’s spleen, samples of her lymph nodes, and a portion of her liver. During an interview, she said:

“I was opened from right under my rib cage all the way down to my pelvic region. I was like a human biology project.”

Having suffered trauma from radiation, Tracy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer (a rare type of cancer that affects the thyroid gland) in 2005 and breast cancer in 2010.

After her cancer diagnosis, Tracy had a troubling but prophetic dream. She said:

“My father called me on the phone and said, I know you miss me, but it’s not time for you to die. You have to go see a doctor.”

Nelson blamed the cause of cancer on the stress she underwent after the death of her father (Rick Nelson) coupled with the battle for the custody of her youngest brother between her uncle and mother.

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Tracy Nelson – Net Worth

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Nelson earned most of her wealth by appearing in numerous movies, such as – The Perfect Husband (2004), A Killer Upstairs (2005), Miracle at Sage Creek (2005), The Rival (2006), or A Grandfather for Christmas (2007).

Also, Tracey was a professional ballet dancer for over seventeen years with Tania Lachine. In addition, Nelson has written a book about her personal experience and a movie script about her family, “The Nelsons.” Therefore, actress Tracy Nelson has an estimated net worth of $3 million.

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8 thoughts on “Tracy Nelson – Net Worth, Ex-Huband (William R. Moses), Cancer, Biography”

  1. Tracy is a great actress and is a shining example of class , strength and intelligents . Her dad would be so proud of her performance in her movies ; two of which she deserved an award .

  2. Tracy you are an awesome lady! To go through all this with the grace and strength you showed and still make time to help others stricken with cancer by being a spokesperson for the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America and a cancer research advocate. Kudos to you! You are an angel on Earth!

  3. Tracy, you are a woman of great faith and stamina to overcome the obstacles in your precious life. I am a 78 yr. old “Ricky Nelson” fan and still listen to his music. Your accomplishments are amazing and I, as a fan of your father’s, am very proud of you and all you have accomplished. Blessings to you and so thankful you have overcome so many obstacles in your life. You are very strong and have a heart that never stops loving others and your family is precious just as you are as well. May God bless you always. Love, Jan

  4. We r watching snowy river on Amazon prime. Have always admired you. I’m 67. Was in live with your Dad on are awesome and God has been so good to you!! Blessings!!!

  5. I have an appoitment in a few weeks to see a cancer spec and my blood test was all messed up. Your Pop Ricky was a sweet guy. I never knew him but he had a voice just designed for the sweet ballads he did so well. He had earned the respect of many people in the country rock family. I was a longtime fan of that type of music and Rick ws one of my favorites. I grew up with him. (12-19-50)

  6. Please, please make up with your uncle, life is so short, sometimes we need our family and your a wonderful lady and I think he has a look ways loved you or wouldn’t have tried to get you to live with him and his family

  7. I’ve always love seeing her perform, I to was a fan of her dad. I didn’t know about her cancer. But it’s encouraging to read about her.


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