Wednesday, November 18, 2009
One of my all time favorite shows is "Little House on the Prairie." I know its not as vintage as some of my other posts, but I wanted to write about it anyway. Of course, I read the books as a child by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but the show was just amazing. How could you not love Pa?
There were many successful actors on the series, including Michael Landon, and Melissa Gilbert. What became of them after their stint on the series from 1974-1983?
Melissa Gilbert--played Laura. Went on to star in many t.v. movies. She did a total of 192 episodes and was one of 500 girls who auditioned for the role of Laura. She has since directed and became President of SAG (Screen Actors Guild).
Michael Landon--played Pa Ingalls. Michael was in 183 episodes, after being cast following his Bonanza role as Little Joe. He went on to act in "Highway to Heaven" with fellow "Little House" actor Victor French. He died in 1991 of cancer.
Karen Grassle--played Ma Ingalls. Karen was in 170 episodes. Karen went on to do quite a bit of t.v. work including series such as "Murder, She Wrote." "Little House" was probably her most famous role.
Katherine MacGregor (also known as Scottie)--played Harriet Oleson. Katherine was in 153 episodes and was often the favorite because of her nasty, gossiping character. She also went on to do other minor t.v. roles.
Richard Bull--played Nels Oleson. Richard was in 148 episodes. He was a likable character, and no one could understand how he could be married to Harriet. He also continued to do minor character work.
Melissa Sue Anderson--played Mary Ingalls. Melissa was the only character from the show to receive an Emmy nomination. She also turned down the lead in the film "The Blue Lagoon." She continues to do acting work.
Alison Arngrim--played Nellie Oleson. She was the one we loved to hate! Alison has a traveling comedy show, does tons of charity/foundation work, and even conducts a Hollywood tour you can go see!
There are many other characters, but these were the main. Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane today. Have a great Wednesday friends!