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Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

May. 8th, 1964
Born in
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 3

Melissa Gilbert's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Little House on the Prairie (1974) TV Show
Little House on the Prairie (1974)
Batman: The Animated Series TV Show
Batman: The Animated Series
Good Day Live TV Show
Good Day Live
Class of... (UK) TV Show
Class of... (UK)

Main Movie Roles

1967 - The Reluctant Astronaut

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Kate Delacroy
Herself - Contestant
Rochelle Dunphy
Lisa Daly
Anna Sheridan
Teresa Janovitch
Melissa Gilbert
Michelle Tanner
Marie Wagner
[Complete List]


Melissa Ellen Gilbert (born May 8, 1964) is an American actress and television director. Gilbert began her career as a child actress in the late 1960s appearing in numerous commercials and guest starring roles on television. From 1974 to 1984, she starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. During the run of Little House, Gilbert appeared in several popular television films, including The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker.

Gilbert was the youngest actor to ever be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has since continued working in both film and television.

In March 2012, Gilbert joined the cast of celebrity contestants on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with 'Maksim Chmerkovskiy'. During week four's show, while dancing the Paso Doble, she fell and hit her head on Maksim's leg and suffered a mild concussion and was taken to a hospital. She went home to recuperate, but returned to continue in the competition. In week eight of competition, she was eliminated, finishing in fifth place.

  • 'Michael Landon Jr.' (qv) took her to her senior prom in 1981.
  • Sister of actor 'Jonathan Gilbert (I)' (qv).
  • Adopted daughter of 'Paul Gilbert (II)' (qv) and 'Barbara Cowan' (qv).
  • In national voting completed on Friday, 2 November 2001, 'Melissa Gilbert (I)' (qv) was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, taking the position held since November of 1999 by 'William Daniels (I)' (qv), who declined to run for another term. She held the position until 2005, when she was replaced by 'Alan Rosenberg (I)' (qv).
  • Dated 'Tom Cruise' (qv) when both were teenagers.
  • Both her ex-spouse ('Bo Brinkman' (qv)) and current spouse ('Bruce Boxleitner' (qv)) played Confederate officers in _Gods and Generals (2003)_ (qv).
  • Had a highly publicized relationship with 'Rob Lowe (I)' (qv) during the eighties and were supposedly engaged.
  • Granddaughter of 'Harry Crane (I)' (qv).

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