Melissa Gilbert on What It Was Really Like Hanging Out With the Brat Pack—’I Was Suddenly Part of a Fraternity’

Toilet on the Moor star Melissa Gilbert and Rob Lowe came together when they were 17, about a year before Lowe’s career blew up after their appearance The strangers. When they were together, Gilbert spent a lot of time with Lowe ‘s friends. In her memory, Prairie story, Gilbert writes about what it was like to hang out with the infamous group of actors.

Rob Lowe, Melissa Gilbert, Michelle Meyrink and Tom Cruise
Rob Lowe, Melissa Gilbert, Michelle Meyrink and Tom Cruise Fotos International Images / Getty

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The Brat Pack is a group of young actors who would often appear in films coming of age together in the ’80s. The main group is Molly Ringwald, Lowe, Estevez, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, and Ally Sheedy. But other teenage actors moved in and out, including Cruise. The name was inspired by the Rat Pack, a group of stars in the 1960s, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.

The group also made “silly home movies” together. One of their projects was “a hybrid of Leonard Nimoy In Search Of and Scooby-Doo. ”

“We shot him in Sheens’ back garden,” she wrote, “and it was about a mysterious monster called ‘La Pelou,’ a name coined by Charlie Sheen.”

Hanging out with the Rug Pack felt like it was in college

Having become a children’s actor, Gilbert never made many friends at her own age. But hanging out with Lowe and his friends was “like being a group of friends at college.”

“In a way, this was our college,” she wrote. “We did the same thing as our school friends.”

Plus, according to Factinate, Gilbert says the group was very supportive of each other.

“We went to each other’s birthday parties, premieres, everywhere.”

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