Revolving around the 1870s Ingalls family and their adventures, Little House on the Prairie was one of the most beloved shows of its time. Winning three Emmys during its time on the air, the series still carries weight today, remembered by many as the most heartwarming show of their childhood. Now, nearly 45 years since the show first aired, we take a look at the what the cast look like now.
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder): Then
Believe it or not, this child actor beat out a massive 500 other actors for the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder at only 9 years old! Gilbert is still acting and playing small roles in different TV shows. You’ll probably recognise her from from Nip/Tuck and 7th Heaven. Recently, she boogied her way into Dancing With The Stars. Funnily enough, she even toured in the production of Little House in 2009. Taking a side step away from acting, she ran as the 2016 Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 8th congressional district but dropped out due to health issues. In her 2009 autobiography, Gilbert wrote about her issues with alcoholism and drug abuse and in 2015 she decided to have her breast implants removed for health reasons.
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder): Now