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‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Karen Grassle Was Once Kidnapped On Another Iconic Television Show

Just as Karen Grassle’s career on “Little House on the Prairie” was beginning, the iconic Western “Gunsmoke” was winding down. For 20 years, from 1955 to 1975, Marshal Matt Dillon kept a watchful eye over Dodge City. In 1974, “Little House on the Prairie” was in its first year of a nine-season run. And Karen Grassle, who played Caroline Ingalls opposite Michael Landon in the 19th-century drama, appeared in an episode of “Gunsmoke” that same year.
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‘Little House on the Prairie’: ‘Caroline Ingalls’ Actor Karen Grassle Based the Character on This Person

Little House on the Prairie‘s Ma Ingalls actor Karen Grassle loved portraying the loving and strong prairie matriarch during her years on the NBC hit drama. Grassle was inspired in her portrayal of Caroline Ingalls by a special person in her life. And, she doesn’t mind being known exclusively for the role in her career that made her famous.
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‘Little House on the Prairie’: Why Melissa Gilbert Didn’t Want To Think of Karen Grassle When She Played ‘Ma Ingalls’

Melissa Gilbert starred on Little House on the Prairie for nine seasons. The actor played Laura Ingalls, the show’s central character. Karen Grassle played Caroline “Ma” Ingalls for eight years. Long after Little House on the Prairie ended, Gilbert revived Grassle’s role for a series’s musical version. While working on...
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‘Little House on the Prairie’ Actors Karen Grassle and Katherine MacGregor Hated Michael Landon’s Dirty Jokes, Melissa Gilbert Says

Michael Landon played admirable, heroic characters on shows like Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven. Behind the scenes, however, he had a nuaghty side. Prairie star Melissa Gilbert has shared some details about Landon’s vices, such as drinking on the set. She recently revealed details of Landon’s naughty sense of humor too, to the chagrin of Katherine MacGregor and Karen Grassle.
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‘Little House on the Prairie’: Karen Grassle Said Michael Landon ‘Didn’t Want To Pay’ Her for Playing ‘Ma Ingalls’- ‘It Was Very Difficult’

Karen Grassle starred as Caroline “Ma” Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. The series first premiered on NBC in 1974 and was created by Michael Landon. In addition to being an executive producer on the series, Landon starred on the show as Charles “Pa” Ingalls. Grassle shared in a...
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‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Sue Anderson Said Karen Grassle Was the ‘Best Part’ of This ‘Awful Episode’

The family drama Little House on the Prairie showcased life in rural Minnesota in the late 1800s. Based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the series starred Michael Landon and Karen Grassle as Charles and Caroline Ingalls raising their daughters in the small town of Walnut Grove. On the air from 1974 to 1983, the historical drama often delivered quality episodes that were both heartwarming and authentic.
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‘Little House on the Prairie’: Karen Grassle Was ‘Flat Broke’ Before She Booked ‘Caroline Ingalls’

Karen Grassle played matriarch Caroline Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. Known affectionately as “Ma” on the show, Caroline was a pioneer woman who dedicated her life to her husband Charles (Michael Landon) and their children. The role became Grassle’s saving grace, as she admitted to facing hardships before getting the job.
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‘Little House on the Prairie’: Karen Grassle Said Michael Landon ‘Had a Falling-Out With a Producer Very Early on’—‘He Could Be Quite Moody’

Michael Landon created Little House on the Prairie in the 1970s. Fresh off his time on Bonanza, Landon wanted to show the Ingalls family’s lives in the 1800s. As an executive producer, Landon selected Karen Grassle to play Caroline Ingalls, also known as “Ma.”. In a 2015 interview, Grassle reflected...