Melissa Gilbert met Shannen Doherty on set Toilet on the Moor. Gilbert was 18 at the time and Doherty was 12. Back then, Doherty looked up to actress Laura Ingalls in a big way. But, according to Gilbert, about 10 years later, Doherty would sleep with her husband.
Melissa Gilbert and Shannen Doherty on ‘Little House on the Prairie’
Doherty was introduced Toilet on the Moor during Times Are Changing. These moments say goodbye to Ma and Pa as they head for Iowa and hello to a few new characters, including Etta Plum (played by Leslie Landon – daughter of Michael Landon and one of the best friends best at Gilbert) and young Jenny Wilder (Doherty).
“Shannen, then a dozen, was a beautiful and very sweet little girl,” Gilbert wrote the memoir, Prairie story. “In her suits and uniforms, she would literally walk the steps, following me closer than my shadow. She wanted to know what outfit I would wear, what was my favorite jewelry, and did I prefer my Jordache jeans or my Calvin? (‘Both, thank you very much …’) ”
“She looked at me and tried to give me a hug,” Gilbert wrote. “I pushed her away and said, ‘I don’t think so. ‘”
“I know. I know what you did to my husband,” Gilbert told her.
“She showed me a square in the eye,” continued actress Laura Ingalls. “I thought I saw a gag that was almost easy to see. Then she said, ‘I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up.’ ”
Gilbert left shortly after that statement— ”It was too Single bright female for my taste. ”