Little House on the Praire is the pinnacle of classic, wholesome television, but is it really peachy keen? Over the years, Melissa Gilbert, who starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder, has revealed little tidbits from the set that reveal some interesting truths. The Walnut Grove bunch have plenty of wild stories!
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
The on-screen animosity between Laura and Mary aptly reflects the off-screen coldness between Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary, and… well… the entire cast. Due to her supposedly aloof behavior, she never meshed with the family-like crew.
Melissa VS. Melissa
Much like their characters, Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Andersen didn’t always get along. Their relationship was anything but sisterly, and they didn’t hang out. Melissa Gilbert’s on-set bestie was the last person you’d expect.
The characters Nellie Oleson, played by Alison Arngrim, and Laura Ingalls fought from childhood and into adulthood, but when the cameras stopped rolling Arngrim and Gilbert were inseparable. Alison surely had advice for the most difficult scene Melissa ever filmed.
Wedding Night Woes
Melissa Gilbert was only 15 when her character got married, and the scenes from Laura’s wedding night with Almanzo were pretty romantic. Gilbert says those scenes were very awkward to act at her young age with an older man.