Melissa Gilbert played Laura Ingalls on the TV series Toilet on the Moor. The show was based on Laura Ingalls Wilder ‘s book and starred Michael Landon, who wrote and directed many programs. Landon’s daughter poured the beans in 1974 while nine-year-old Gilbert was looking for the post.
Gilbert provided her with a program Gilbert and Busfield podcast to share her memories of Toilet on the Moor on April 18, 2020. She told the story of how Leslie Landon broke the news to her that she had gotten the job.
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Gilbert recalled several different hearings for Toilet on the Moor. The first was a big cattle call of all the young actors in Hollywood.
“I know I went to the first big lab,” Gilbert said. “My mum picked me up from school, I changed in the car from my school uniform into my test uniform which was a flannel shirt and my hair curls in pigtails that were my test hair and we went to the test, and I read. There were a handful of other girls in the room, the usual suspects, the same people who were listening for the same things I heard all the time growing up. ”
The next test was a chemistry test with the main one, although young Gilbert did not know him at the time.
“It wasn’t a big deal until I was in school one day and I was in the lunch area and this girl came to me,” Gilbert said. “She said, ‘Are you Melissa? ‘I said,’ Yes, I am. ‘ She said, ‘Hi, my name is Leslie Landon and my father is Michael Landon and he says that you are going to play Laura. ‘Nobody knew. My reps didn’t know. My mother didn’t know. I was just screaming and I ran to the office, I asked them if I could use the phone [and] I named my mother. I told her what had happened. She had no idea. She named my representatives. They had no idea. ”
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Leslie Landon must have learned her lesson about pouring Hollywood nuggets before the craftsmen named it.
“Boy, did Leslie go down,” said Gilbert. “She was so strong. She got into so much trouble but she and I are still friends to this day. This was the beginning. We grew up together. Our families, we are a family. That was my introduction to that family that Leslie told me I still got the most important job of my career to this day. This is one of the most changing times of my life and the message was conveyed from someone with whom I am still friends. ”