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Melissa Sue Anderson

Biography

Played Mary around the much loved show Small House around the Prairie from 1974 to 1984 and appeared within the 1981 film Happy Birthday if you ask me. She had a little role within the Brady Number. She briefly dated Renegade celebrity Lorenzo Lamas. She wedded Michael Sloan, with whom she’s two kids. She is at the drama Much North with Jessica Lange.

Quick Facts


Full Name Mary Ingalls
Date Of Birth September 26, 1962
Died October 20, 1928, De Smet, South Dakota, United States
Place Of Birth Berkeley, CA
Height 1.6 m
Profession TV Actress
Nationality American, Canadian, American
Spouse Michael Sloan
Children Piper Sloan, Griffin Sloan
Parents Caroline Ingalls, Charles Ingalls, Marion Anderson, James Anderson
Siblings Laura Ingalls Wilder, Carrie Ingalls, Grace Ingalls, Freddy Ingalls
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, TV Land "Character You'd Pay to Do Your Homework for You" Award
Movies Little House on the Prairie, The Loneliest Runner, Survival of Dana, Happy Birthday to Me, Midnight Offering, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Dark Mansions, Forbidden Nights, Dead Men Don't Die, Earthquake in New York, An Innocent Love, First Affair, Advice to the Lovelorn, The Suicide Club, James at 15, Fire on the Mountain
TV Shows X-Men, Little House on the Prairie, 10.5: Apocalypse
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and their two children. Rarely acts in order to be a stay-at-home mom. [May 2007]
2Was on the Today (1952) Show, promoting her new book, "The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House", release date on May 4, 2010 (hardcover) (May 3, 2010). [May 2010]
3Became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 2007.
4Auditioned for the role of Sarah Tobias in The Accused (1988).
5The only actor on Little House on the Prairie (1974) to receive an Emmy Nomination for the show.
6Turn down the role of Emmelyn in The Blue Lagoon (1980).
7Has two children, daughter Piper Sloan and son Griffin Sloan, with husband Michael Sloan.
81984 NATO Female Star of the Year for her starring role in the feature film Chattanooga Choo Choo (1984).
9She was Tommy Pratter's girl in Roger Donaldson's Marie (1985).
10Inducted (as a cast member of Little House on the Prairie (1974)) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1998.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brits Are Coming2017post-production
Veronica Mars2014Stosh's Mother (uncredited)
Marker 1872010Short as Melissa Anderson
Marco Polo2007TV MovieMother (voice, uncredited)
Crazy Eights2006Hospital Patient (uncredited)
10.5: Apocalypse2006TV Mini-SeriesFirst Lady Megan Hollister
Thin Ice2000TV MovieTanya Ferguson
Partners1999TV SeriesCheryl Darrin
Earthquake in New York1998TV MovieDr. Marilyn Blake (as Melissa Anderson)
Killer Lady1995American Lady
X-Men 2: Clone Wars1995Video GameEmma Frost (voice, as Melissa Anderson)
Animated Stories from the Bible: Music Video - Volume 11994VideoSnake (voice)
X-Men1993-1994TV SeriesSnowbird
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesMichelle Ryder
X-Men1993Video GameEmma Frost (voice, as Melissa Anderson)
Manuel, le fils emprunté1991
Dead Men Don't Die1990Dulcie Niles (as Melissa Anderson)
Feature Fitness1990ShortFitness monitor (as Melissa Anderson)
The Return of Sam McCloud1989TV MovieColleen McCloud (as Melissa Anderson)
Looking Your Best1989
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1988-1989TV SeriesJulie Fenton / Laura Donovan
Far North1988Young Nurse (as Melissa Anderson)
Memories of Manon1988TV MovieYvette Marcel (as Melissa Anderson)
The Suicide Club1988Laura Donovan on TV
The Equalizer1987-1988TV SeriesYvette Marcel
Buckle Up1987Video shortMelissa Sue Anderson
Dark Mansions1986TV MovieNoelle Drake
The Love Boat1978-1986TV SeriesDana Colton / Cathy Cummings / Cindy Jerome / ...
Hotel1984-1985TV SeriesAnnie Goldman / Cassie Ray
Glitter1984TV SeriesElizabeth
Murder, She Wrote1984TV SeriesEve Crystal
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesNikki Gatos
Chattanooga Choo Choo1984Jennie
Goma-21984Kukki (uncredited)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends1982-1983TV SeriesKitty Pryde Sprite
First Affair1983TV MovieToby King
That's TV1982TV MovieVarious characters
An Innocent Love1982TV MovieMolly Rush
Little House on the Prairie1974-1981TV SeriesMary Ingalls Mary Ingalls Kendall
Advice to the Lovelorn1981TV MovieMaureen Tyler
Happy Birthday to Me1981Virginia Wainwright
Midnight Offerings1981TV MovieVivian Sotherland
Insight1980TV SeriesMary Beth
Fantasy Island1980TV SeriesAmy Marson
Little House Years1979TV MovieMary Ingalls
A New Kind of Family1979TV SeriesLisa
ABC Afterschool Specials1977-1979TV SeriesAlexandria 'Alex' Benton / Kate
CHiPs1979TV SeriesMelissa Sue Anderson
Survival of Dana1979TV MovieDana Lee
The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour1978TV SeriesDirector of the musical
The Family and Other Living Things1978Chorus girl
Circus, Lions, Tigers and Melissas Too1977Ringmaster
James at 161977TV SeriesLacey Stevens
The Loneliest Runner1976TV MovieNancy Rizzi
Shaft1973TV SeriesCathy Cunningham
The Brady Bunch1973TV SeriesMillicent
Bewitched1972TV SeriesGirl

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Where Pigeons Go to Die1990TV Movie associate producer - as Melissa Anderson

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary2017TV Special documentaryHerself
Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
A Day in the Life of Little House2015DocumentaryHerself (as Melissa Anderson)
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself - Little House on the Prairie / Herself
Today1999-2014TV SeriesHerself
The Little House Phenomenon: A Place in Television History2014DocumentaryHerself (as Melissa Anderson)
Fox News2011TV SeriesHerself - Author
Fox and Friends2010TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2010TV Series documentaryHerself
100 Greatest Teen Stars2007TV Mini-SeriesTeen Star nº 56
eTalk Daily2007TV SeriesHerself
Nice People2007TV SeriesHerself
Exclusive Interview with Melissa Sue Anderson2006Video documentary shortHerself
Class of...2005TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1997-2004TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Host
Biography for Kids2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Favorite Stars: Then & Now2003TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Melissa Anderson)
Intimate Portrait-2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Sagas: Melissa Sue Anderson2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Celebrity Profile2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Michael Landon1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 12th Annual Golden Boot Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love1991Video documentaryHerself (as Melissa Anderson Sloan)
Circus of the Stars #141989TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer (as Melissa Anderson)
The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The 10th Annual National CableACE Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Sex Symbols; Past, Present and Future1987TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Joy of Natural Childbirth1985Herself
Donahue1984TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Female TV Performer
Hour Magazine1981TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day1981TV SpecialHerself
Where Have All the Children Gone1980TV Special
Dinah!1975-1980TV SeriesHerself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1978-1980TV SeriesHerself - Actress
NBC Special Treat1980TV SeriesHerself - Host
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
The Toni Tennille Show1980TV SeriesHerself
625 líneas1979TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1979TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1979TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Drama Series
A Different Approach1978ShortHerself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The 4th Annual People's Choice Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favorite Television Dramatic Program
Battle of the Network Stars1976TV SpecialHerself - NBC Team

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tax Shelter Terrors2017Documentary filmingVirginia Wainwright
Weekend Today2007TV SeriesMary Ingalls
¿Cómo están ustedes?2006TV MovieMary Ingalls
Corazón, corazón2006TV SeriesMary Ingalls
A Little House Conversation2006Video documentaryMary Ingalls
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryVirginia Wainwright
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHerself
Ciclo Alfred Hitchcock2005TV SeriesJulie Fenton / Laura Donovan
The Ultimate Hollywood Blonde2004TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star2003Herself (uncredited)
El informal2001TV SeriesStudent
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood's Children1982TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's ProgrammingABC Afterschool Specials (1972)
1980TP de OroTP de Oro, SpainBest Foreign Actress (Mejor Actriz Extranjera)Little House on the Prairie (1974)
1975Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaLittle House on the Prairie (1974)· Ed Friendly (producer)
· Michael Landon (actor)
· Melissa Gilbert (actor)
· Karen Grassle (actor)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsCharacter You'd Pay to Do Your Homework for YouLittle House on the Prairie (1974)
1982Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Motion Picture ActressHappy Birthday to Me (1981)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesLittle House on the Prairie (1974)


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#Trademark
1Bright blue eyes

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