10 Special facts about LHOTP 10/10
10. Katherine MacGregor, who was undeniably brilliant as Mrs. Harriet Oleson, is doing wonderfully in her eighties. According to Alison Arngrim’s official Website, “She is a strict vegetarian and an avid devotee of health foods and clean living. She does not smoke or drink. She does indeed meditate and belong to an ashram.” Who’d have imagined a zen Mrs. Oleson? That’s right, that character was fiction. Unfortunately, that leads to one last fact. To this day, people mistake Arngrim for actually being meanie Nellie. Now, that’s effective acting.
10 Special facts about LHOTP 8/10
8. Michael Landon had a wicked sense of humor, and he would often play pranks on the cast and crew. From making fun of a cast member who stuttered, as reported in Anderson’s book, to playful things like making young Laura run way too far after the shot was completed, it doesn’t seem as though there was ever a dull moment on the set.
10 Special facts about LHOTP 7/10
7. There was a feud between Melissa Anderson, who played Mary, and Melissa Gilbert, since early in the show’s taping. This was reported in all three memoirs about the show. However, the children were able to remain professional, and no viewers ever suspected a thing, until the recent revelations.
10 Special facts about LHOTP 6/10
6. Melissa Gilbert took on the role of Ma in the touring production of the musical version of Little House on the Prairie for a tour that started in 2009 and ended in 2010. Also, her son, Michael (who was named for Michael Landon) was a star in the play as well. Melissa Gilbert has long embraced the role and show that made her beloved by millions.
10 Special facts about LHOTP 5/10
5. Nellie’s curls aren’t real. That is to say, they were a wig. In her humorous, yet deeply moving, book, Arngrim detailed how she has to have the wig fitted to her head and how painful it was to wear. Yet, she also made sure to express how much she loved playing the character in spite of such challenges, including a wig that made her head bleed!
10 Special facts about LHOTP 4/10
4. Three of the stars of Little House on the Prairie have come out with memoirs that detail their experiences on the series. Melissa Gilbert’s “A Prairie Tale” was released in 2009. Melissa Anderson’s “The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House” in 2010. Also, Alison Arngrim’s “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch” was released that year as well, to great success, at it was on The New York Times Bestseller List. All of the books are must-reads for fans.