‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Gilbert Said That Laura and Mary’s On-Screen Rivalry Reflected Her Off-Screen Feud With Melissa Sue Anderson

Despite the fact that Mary Ingalls and Laura Ingalls are loving sisters Toilet on the Moor, things were not so warm and calm behind the scenes. As soon as the cameras stopped rolling, Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson shared some off-screen conflict. Gilbert says there was always a competitive nature between the two, and no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t connect with her co-star.

And in one special episode of the series, Mary and Laura Ingalls had a big fight. This allowed Gilbert and Anderson to stop steaming from the daily drama they were sharing behind the scenes. And according to Gilbert, when they grabbed each other on the show, “it was very real.”

Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls, Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls, Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls | NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

Melissa Gilbert said it was not easy to get along with Melissa Sue Anderson

In Gilbert’s memory with the title Prairie Stories, she talks about her relationship with her sister in the series, played by Anderson. According to Gilbert, they never got along.

“From the beginning, for whatever reason, we didn’t have a really friendly relationship. She was a very beautiful girl, and I wasn’t, at least I didn’t think so, ”Gilbert writes.

Mary and Laura’s fight on screen featured the confrontation of Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson

Toilet on the Moor
Toilet on the Moor NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

Gilbert says she was scared of her co-star who looked at the screen. In her memoir, she writes, “She was cold, cold. Although I sometimes wonder if it was just that I never knew how she would introduce me. It wasn’t easy for me to get on with it, ”said Gilbert. “I think her refuge came over the screen and it was definitely visible off-screen, but my feelings were like a green neon T-shirt shining in the dark. ”

But fortunately, even though they never got along, Gilbert fell in love with the rest of her castmates and regarded them as a family.

“There was a lot of tactile love, hugging, catching, and snuggling that made people feel good, close and respectful,” she writes. “I was never thrown into the air so much. It was part of the connection that happened when we became a family. “

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