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Melissa Gilbert Biography

Birth Name:
Melissa Ellen Gilbert
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, director, producer

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


  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: nominated