Melissa Gilbert joined Toilet on the Moor as Laura Ingalls Wilder for nine seasons. In the ninth season, the show was renamed Toilet: A New Beginning to focus on Ingalls Wilder and her relationship with Almanzo Wilder (Dean Butler).
While Toilet on the Moor It went off the air in 1983, the show is still popular with fans today. Gilbert thinks there is a reason Toilet on the Moor stood the test of time.
‘Little House on the Prairie’ is about the Ingalls family
Toilet on the Moor based on the Toilet a series of books written by Ingalls Wilder. The books on the life of Ingalls Wilder were growing up between 1870 and 1894.
At the start of the first season, the Ingalls family moves to a farm near Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The series follows family life in Walnut Grove and their relationship with the people of the village.
Michael Landon portrayed Charles Ingalls, Karen Grassle featured Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Gilbert Ingalls played Wilder, Melissa Sue Anderson played Mary Ingalls Kendall, and twin sisters Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush represented Carrie Ingalls.
Gilbert believes the show’s message has resonated with audiences, especially if viewers are going through hard times.
“And I think again, here we go ‘okay, they did that, they did that. This is our time to shine and grow even better than we were before, we hope, ‘”she said. “And the ones – the things that happen are family, community, empathy, love. That’s it.”
Melissa Gilbert grew up playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on ‘Little House on the Prairie’
Toilet on the Moor It was first published in 1974 and closed in 1983. When the show first appeared, Gilbert was only 10 years old. In 2009, she published a memoir with the title Prairie Story: Memories, and spoke to Erin Burnett on Today to discuss the book and the presentation.
“By the standards of a child actor, it was probably the best experience you could have… I was against what you would expect a child star to be,” she said.