Melissa Gilbert is perhaps best known for playing freckle-faced, buck-toothed Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. But while her character’s rural life was generally idyllic, the same can’t be said when it comes to Gilbert herself. And the former child star finally chose to reveal her struggles in her 2009 autobiography Prairie Tale: A Memoir – which contains revelations that may shock fans of the the classic TV series.
Yes, famously Gilbert bagged the role of Laura on Little House on the Prairie, nabbing the role ahead of more than 500 other wannabes. And when the show’s pilot episode proved popular among television viewers, a full series was scheduled to begin in 1974. All in all, in fact, the nostalgic drama would run for a total of eight years.