Actress who have won multiple Adolescent Artist Awards on her behalf portrayal of Laura Ingalls on the tv screen series Little Home over the Prairie. She started her acting profession by doing advertisements for Alpo pup food as well as other items. She supplied the tone of voice of Batgirl in Batman: The Animated Series, and she acquired an on-again, off-again romantic relationship with Rob Lowe. She wedded Bo Brinkman in 1988, as well as the few had a kid, Dakota, in 1989, before divorcing in 1992. She after that wedded Bruce Boxleitner in 1995 plus they welcomed a kid, Michael Garrett Boxleitner, afterwards that calendar year. They divorced in 2011 and in 2013, she wedded Timothy Busfield. Merlin Olsen once caused her in Small House over the Prairie.
Full Name Melissa Gilbert
Date Of Birth May 8, 1964
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.6 m
Profession TV Actress
Spouse Timothy Busfield, Bruce Boxleitner, Bo Brinkman
Children Dakota Brinkman, Michael Boxleitner
Parents David Darlington, Kathy Wood
Siblings Jonathan Gilbert, Sara Gilbert, Claudia Cowan
Awards TV Land Most Memorable Kiss Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, People's Choice Award for Favorite Young TV Performer
Movies Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife, A Family of Strangers, Forbidden Nights, Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story, Joshua's Heart, Switched at Birth, Cries from the Heart, Without Her Consent, Little House on the Prairie, Dying to Remember, Splendor in the Grass, Thicker than Water, Christmas in My Hometown, The Miracle Worker, House of Secrets, Safe Harbour, Danielle Steel's Zoya, Undesirable, The Soul Collector, Family Secrets, Heart of the Storm, Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story, Sacrifices of the Heart, Choices of the Heart, The Diary of Anne Frank, Nutcracker Fantasy, Little House: Bless All the Dear Children, Her Own Rules, Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A., Seduction in a Small Town, The Lookalike, Little House: The Last Farewell, Killer Instinct, Sylvester, Little House: Look Back to Yesterday, With Hostile Intent, Childhood Sweetheart?, Penalty Phase, Sanctuary, Choices, The Christmas Pageant, One Smart Fellow, Murder at 75 Birch, A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle, Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story, Ice House, Donor
TV Shows Little House on the Prairie, Sweet Justice, Batman: The Animated Series, Zoya, Stand By Your Man
Delivered the eulogy at the memorial service for her friend and mentor, Patty Duke, on April 16, 2016. Duke was "Annie Sullivan" to Gilbert's "Helen Keller" in the 1979 production of The Miracle Worker (1979). Similarly, in June 2005, Patty Duke gave the eulogy at Anne Bancroft's memorial service. Bancroft was "Annie Sullivan" to Duke's "Helen Keller" in the original The Miracle Worker (1962) in 1962.
On August 14, 2015, she announced that she is running for a seat in Congress from Michigan.
In her autobiography she lists Charlie Brill as her godfather and his wife, actress/comedienne Mitzi McCall, as her godmother.
Was one of 500 young girls who auditioned for the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the TV series Little House on the Prairie (1974) and she was the only one whose screen test was sent to be considered by NBC. It was Michael Landon's daughter Leslie Landon who told Melissa that she had won the role of Laura when the two of them stood in line at their school cafeteria.
Had a combined family with her ex-husband, Bruce Boxleitner: Bruce had two sons, Sam Boxleitner (b. 1980) and Lee Boxleitner (b. 1985). Melissa became a mother when her first child, Dakota Brinkman (Dakota Paul Brinkman), was born on Monday, May 1, 1989, while she was married to Bo Brinkman. She had one son with Bruce, Michael Garrett Boxleitner, who was born on Friday, October 6, 1995.
In national voting completed on Friday, 2 November 2001, she was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, taking the position held since November 1999 by William Daniels, who declined to run for another term. She held the position until 2005, when she was replaced by Alan Rosenberg.
Adopted half-sister of Sara Gilbert. Sara is the natural daughter of Barbara Cowan and Harold Abeles. Cowan and late husband Paul Gilbert together adopted Melissa and Jonathan Gilbert (they are not biologically related to each other). Sara took her stepfather's surname when she began acting in 1984.
Had a highly publicized relationship with Rob Lowe during the 1980s, and they were reportedly at one time engaged.
Women in their twenties are beautiful. But women in their forties? There's something magical there.
[Of Michael Landon]: I wanted him to be my father substitute. I loved that man and I loved the way I always felt safe, crying with him. Now, granted, it was on film. But generally, I was crying about what was going on with me for real when I was with him. And he was always there to hold me. That's the only time I let that stuff out. So, he was there in most of these scenes, comforting me. It was sort of a father/daughter relationship in my eyes.
[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Michael Landon, who played Charles Ingalls]: He was very much like a 'second father' to me. My own father passed away when I was 11, so, without really officially announcing it, Michael really stepped in.
[on her own journey]: I saw an opportunity at a time in my career when, like many female actors my age, opportunities are drying up left and right. So for me to have a chance to do something new and create a new facet to my career at 45 is a blessing I just couldn't ignore.
[on what it's like to be famous]: For months you've referred to me as your hero, but it's easy to be brave when I have you to come home to, and hide behind, and hold on to. I wish you the happiest birthday ever... . Let's eat!
[on comparing her co-star's, Karen Grassle's, "Caroline Ingalls" character to her own]: Karen's "Ma" always reminded me of Grace Kelly. My Ma's a little more feisty, a little more earthy, I'm a redhead. So is Ma in this show. So there's some fire under those petticoats.
It reminds people of what we as humans and Americans are capable of if we do it together. We tend to live in bubbles. ... There is very little real sense of community anymore. This show reminds people of that.
[About Little House on the Prairie (1974)]: Not a day goes by that I don't think about it and burst into tears. It's like stepping through a looking glass. There's a part of me that's always going to be Laura. I think every girl has a Laura in them.
Thank God I have four sons. The mother/daughter relationship is one of mankind's great mysteries, and for womankind, it can be hellaciously complicated. My mother and I are quintessential examples of the rewards and frustrations, and the joys and infuriations it can yield.
We take pride in each other - we were meant to be together.