‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Sue Anderson Once Said She Wanted To Leave the Show When the Storylines Became ‘Too Soap Opera-Ish’

Melissa Sue Anderson came up with Mary Ingalls Toilet on the Moor in 1974. The family drama lasted from the 1800s until its last show in 1984. However, Anderson did not stay on the show for the entire run. She left the series well in 1983 after eight seasons.

In 2010, Anderson shared how she felt about her final years Toilet on the Moor.

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PHRIRIE - "Author! Author!" Episode 11 - Broadcast 11/26/79 - Pictured: (lr) Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall, Linwood Boomer as Adam Kendall
Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall, Linwood Boomer as Adam Kendall | Bruce Bermilen Photo Bank / NBCU

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Toilet on the Moor Star and creator Michael Landon chose Anderson to play Ingalls’ older sister. According to Anderson, The way I see it: A look back at my toilet life, Landon made sure to use her talents as soon as the show started.

After leaving her out Toilet on the Moor, Anderson continued to work for several years. In the late 1980s, Anderson played Yvette Marcel in CBS drama, The Fairness. However, she decided to focus on her personal life in 1991 when she married TV writer Michael Sloan. She and Sloan had two children – Piper and Griffin – before moving to Montreal in 2002.

While she’s no longer working, Anderson took a look inside her fans Toilet experience in 2010. Through her memoir, Anderson wrote summaries of popular events from the series to connect with her fans.

“I want the fans to feel like they were right on the set with me,” she said.

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