‘Little House on the Prairie’: Mary Ingalls Actor Melissa Sue Anderson Ignored All of Her Cast Members on Set

Melissa Sue Anderson, who plays Mary Ingalls Toilet on the Moor, that he was not the easiest man to get along with. Both Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) and Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) have spoken in detail in their fascinating recollections of how difficult it was for Anderson to be around a set. And according to Arngrim’s autobiography, Anderson would deny her constellations as if they were even there.

Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall
Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall | Wynn Hammer / NBCU Photo Bank

Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) describes Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls) as remote and cold places

According to Gilbert, she and Anderson did not develop a sisterly connection that their characters share on screen. Behind the scenes, Gilbert says Anderson had a “distance” to her. No matter how much she tried to be friends, Anderson would still be aloof.

Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall
Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall | Frank Carroll / NBCU Photo Bank

“It wasn’t easy to get with her,” Gilbert wrote the memoir, Prairie story. “From the beginning, for whatever reason, we didn’t have a really friendly relationship.”

At the same time, Arngrim says that trying to befriend Anderson proved to be a real effort because her co-star never returned the kindness.

“I tried to be nice to her,” Arngrim writes in her book, Confession of Prairie B * tch. “But it didn’t seem to work. Eventually, being nice to Melissa Sue Anderson became a Zen meditative exercise. “

Actress Mary Ingalls Melissa Sue Anderson rejected everyone on the set ‘Little House on the Prairie’

Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall
Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall | Ted Shepherd / NBCU Photo Bank

According to Arngrim, it would seem that Anderson would always keep her nose up to her cast colleagues, with a diva mind as if she were better than everyone else.

“From what she said in interviews, why do I feel she’s still completely staring down at us?” Arngrim said about Anderson while chatting with Disciplinary interviews. “I told my husband I sometimes feel like she just thought Melissa (Gilbert) and I were young drivers.”

In Arngrim’s book, she remembers all the time she tried to be nice to her co-star, and that she got nothing but scenes of death in return.

“I always said, ‘Good morning,’ or, more definitely, cheerfully ‘Good morning, Missy! ‘”Arngrim wrote. “This was usually greeted with a chilling sort of ‘uh-huh’ sound. It was often lower than this. At times she didn’t even look up from what she was reading, as if I wasn’t even there. ”

Melissa Sue Anderson was encouraged not to make friends with her ‘Little House on the Prairie’ co-stars

Toilet on the prairie
Karen Grassle, Michael Landon, Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay Greenbush, Melissa Gilbert | FilmPublicityArchive / Unified Archives via Getty Images

Arngrim tells Smash Interviews that Anderson may have been motivated not to make friends with her co-stars. As Arngrim describes, she had a very brutal “stage mother” who thought she knew what was best for her.

“I think Melissa Sue was a very protective mum and saw herself as a bad actress at 11,” said Arngrim. “However, Melissa (Gilbert) had been working since she was 2. I had been working since I was 6, and we both came from show business families. So, it’s not like we’re an amateur. She may have been told not to hang out with us because she said, ‘None of us were encouraged to set up to the set. ‘I always said to that,’ I didn’t get the memo. ‘

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