‘Little House on the Prairie’: How Michael Landon Ensured Melissa Gilbert Played ‘Laura Ingalls’

Melissa Gilbert Laura Ingalls played it Toilet on the Moor for nine seasons. The role allowed Gilbert to work alongside previously experienced actors. She was one of the most influential councilors Toilet on the Moor creator and star, Michael Landon.

Matthew Laborteaux as Albert Quinn Ingalls, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingalls
Matthew Laborteaux as Albert Quinn Ingalls, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Michael Landon as Charles Philip Ingallsz | Frank Carroll / NBCU Photo Bank

Anns a memoir, The story of Prairie, Gilbert talked about what happened to her as a child star. She also shared how Landon chose her to play Laura.

Melissa Gilbert once said that Michael Landon was ‘elegant’

Previously Toilet on the Moor, Gilbert appeared in several commercials. She also came to small television venues The love boat and Gunsmoke. It wasn’t until Landon created the script for Toilet on the Moor that Gilbert got the chance at a major television role. Her lab was the first time Gilbert met Landon, a former star Bonanza.

Gilbert and Landon were up against a bump in their relationship near the end Toilet on the Moor. In Prairie story, Gilbert wrote that her mother told her that Landon had left his second wife, Lynn. Her mother went on to say that Landon had something to do with it Toilet makeup artist. The Ice house The actor recalled a rift between Landon and his ex-wife. She said the case ultimately affected her professional and personal relationship with Landon.

“It is accepted that I was able to sell as Mike always did after he left his wife,” she said. “I was caught in the middle when the people around me chose sides.”

Landon and Gilbert reconciled before he died of cancer in 1991. In honor of his kind father, Gilbert named her first son after Landon.

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