This ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Alum Said Melissa Sue Anderson Never ‘Seemed to Fit In’ With Her Young Co-Stars

Toilet on the Moor often distracting young actors Melissa Sue Anderson and Melissa Gilbert during the early season of the show. Playing sisters Mary and Laura Ingalls on the family series, viewers could easily get the impression that the two child stars were close to the camera.

But Gilbert apparently had a greater connection to Alison Arngrim, who showed the spoiled rich child in the city Nellie Oleson on the historical drama. One scene member of the show later showed how Anderson was often outsiders from her peers on set.

Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay / Sidney Greenbush, and Melissa Gilbert from 'Little House on the Prairie'
Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay / Sidney Greenbush, and Melissa Gilbert from ‘Little House on the Prairie’ | NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images

Charlotte Stewart worked with the children on ‘Little House’.

Actress Charlotte Stewart played Ms. Eva Beadle, a school teacher for the Walnut Grove children. Forward Toilet for four seasons, Stewart was at most of her scenes with the youngest constellations.

“For anyone who was a babe Toilet on the Moor, it might have been easy to imagine that the lives of the actors played by Mary, Laura, Nellie, or any of the others were fun and inspiring, ”Stewart wrote in her book A Toilet in the Mountains of Hollywood: A Bad Girl’s Guide to Being Miss Beadle, Mary X, and Me. “The fact is it was mixed. … For the most part, life on the Toilet it was almost a playground. ”

Stewart indicated that the children in the team were expected to be as prepared to work as the adults.

“Unlike the other children, many of whom had a paid caretaker with them on the set, Melissa’s mother was there most of the time,” Stewart explained. “She was one of my favorite moms-of-a-child Toilet – some were big people, over the top or just basket matters. ”

Anderson was the first and only actor on it Toilet on the Moor to be nominated for an Emmy. She left the series in 1981. Stuart’s character was written off at the end of the show’s fourth season.

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