Melissa Gilbert

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Melissa Ellen Gilbert
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/08/1964, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor; director; producer
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Melissa Gilbert Fast Facts:
  • Her grandfather Harry Crane wrote for the classic 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners.
  • Began appearing in TV commercials at age 3.
  • At age 9, beat out more than 500 girls for the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie.
  • Met first husband, Bo Brinkman, on a blind date and married him within two months.
  • In 1985, became one of the youngest actresses to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 2001, became the third woman to serve as the President of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • Performed for months with a broken back while on tour for the Little House on the Prairie musical in 2010.
  • Is an honorary board member for the Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, which provides children with life-threatening conditions access to the care and emotional support they need.
  • Melissa Gilbert Relationships:
  • Samuel Busfield - Stepson
  • Barbara Crane - Mother
  • Michael Landon Jr. - Ex-significant Other
  • Timothy Busfield - Husband
  • Rob Lowe - Ex-fiancé
  • Sara Gilbert - Half Sister
  • Dakota Paul Brinkman - Son
  • Bruce Boxleitner - Ex-husband
  • Michael Garrett Boxleitner - Son
  • Paul Gilbert - Father
  • Julia Crane - Grandmother
  • Bo Brinkman - Ex-husband
  • Harry Crane - Grandfather
  • Jonathan Gilbert - Brother
  • Charlie Brill - Godparent
  • Daisy Busfield - Stepdaughter
  • Willy Busfield - Stepson
  • Melissa Gilbert Awards:
  • 1980 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special - Nominee
  • 1981 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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