“Little House on the Prairie” was a beloved TV series that captured our hearts in the ’70s and ’80s and ran for 9 seasons.
And who could forget Laura, who we viewers followed through childhood right through to when she was grown up with her own children!
“Little House on the Prairie” follows Laura’s life, and director Michael Landon succeeded in showing both individual family life and the relationships in a small community. This led to the show being warmly received by audiences around the world.
Even today it’s winning new fans, thanks to reruns around the world. I think it’s because the themes of the series are so timeless.
It’s been 34 years since the last episode was recorded, and the actors still gather for reunions when they can. “Laura”, who was played by Melissa Gilbert, has acted in several films since then, but has never had a bigger role than her break-through role in “Little House on the Prairie.”
Here’s what the former child star is up to today.
Here are Melissa Gilbert and Alison Arngrim as Laura and Nellie at the time the show aired:
Viewers followed Laura through her whole life – from childhood to building her own family.
After the series was aired, Melissa appeared in a musical, where she played the matriarch of the family.
But since she appeared in the beloved show, life in Hollywood hasn’t been as kind to the 53 year old actress.
After a successful start to her career, Melissa Gilbert has tried to fit in with the beauty ideals that have passed through Hollywood throughout the years.
She felt huge pressure to look and act a certain way, and turned to plastic surgery throughout the years to try and tackle it. But now she’s put a stop to that – and feels like a whole new person!
“There’s this mentality in Hollywood of not allowing women to age or gain weight or to simply be themselves,” she tells First For Women.
“I went down the road that everyone else does—nose job, boob job, fillers and Botox, but no more! I had my breast implants removed and I’m no longer doing fillers or Botox because I’m a 53-year-old woman and I’m trying to embrace this process of aging,” she says.
Now she wants to embrace aging naturally!
She tells the magazine how she’s doing today:
“Right now I’m physically pain-free and relatively healthy and strong,” says “Laura” from Little House on the Prairie, who has since had roles in shows such as Nip/Tuck, The Diary of Anne Frank and Choices of Heart, but hasn’t appeared on screen in the last 10 years.
However, she did appear in reality show Let’s Dance six years ago, and she’s also devoting time to writing a book, about “Little House on the Prairie”, among other things!
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