Lawrencine "Lorrie" Collins and her younger brother Lawrence "Larry" Collins were born and raised in Pretty Water, Oklahoma in 1942 and 1944 respectively. Their parents sold the farm and cows to move to California so the two talented children could fulfill their show business destinies. Within a year, the two joined the cast of the weekly country music showcase on Los Angeles television in 1954. It was on "Town Hall Party" that teen idol and TV star Ricky Nelson first saw Lorrie Collins. Before long, she became his first steady girlfriend.