Melissa Sue Anderson

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Sue Anderson Portrayed Michael Landon’s First Love in His Autobiography

During the successful television run of “Little House on the Prairie,” the show’s star asked one of the younger actors on the show to perform in a movie about his life. That star was Michael Landon. He played Charles Ingalls, the patriarch of the Ingalls family. It was actress Melissa Sue Anderson who had the good fortune of appearing in Landon’s autobiographical movie. Anderson played Mary Ingalls on the family drama. According to, she appeared on the show from 1974 until 1981. The show was on the air until 1983.
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‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Sue Anderson Mimicked One Character’s Speaking Style

Little House on the Prairie taught a timeless life lesson early in season two. Tough times require some sacrifice, even from the children. Remember the Little House on the Prairie episode called The Richest Man in Walnut Grove? It ran Sept. 10, 1975 to help usher in season two of the series. Meanwhile, the United States was going through a recession caused by rising oil prices, dips in the stock market and heavy government spending on the Vietnam War.

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Sue Anderson Explained Why She is ‘Constantly Surprised’ About Show

“Little House on the Prairie” helped make actor Melissa Sue Anderson a household name. To this day, she remains surprised by its impact. “It really is surprising to travel around and see all these people who love the show so much,” Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls on the NBC family drama, said. “I don’t know why I’m surprised, but when you’re part of it, you don’t think about it.

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Why Melissa Sue Anderson Felt ‘Lucky’ to Have Role on Show

Audiences may never have felt ‘Little House on the Prairie‘s Mary Ingalls saw a day of luck in her life, but Melissa Sue Anderson certainly felt lucky to have played her. Where to begin with poor Mary? From rabid raccoons and bratty classmates to the worst of natural disasters seeming to have it out for her personally, Melissa Sue Anderson’s older sister to Laura was never out of trouble for long. And don’t even get us started on her (true to the character’s real-life) blindness!

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Sue Anderson Criticized Writers for Stories After Mary Went Blind

One of the most famous storylines on “Little House on the Prairie” involved the character Mary Ingalls. This character was played by actress Melissa Sue Anderson. Of course, the storyline we are talking about was when Mary went blind on the popular show. According to, Anderson portrayed Mary’s blindness beginning in season four. She did such a good job that season that she received an Emmy nomination. Interestingly Michael Landon, who was the star of the show, never received such a nomination.

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Sue Anderson Omitted Melissa Gilbert from ‘Prairie Tale’

While the 1970s drama Little House on the Prairie seemed like a very domestic and quaint show, the cast had its own drama going on behind the scenes. For instance, “Mary Ingalls Kendall” actress Melissa Sue Anderson actually omitted one of her costars from her memoir. While she seemed like a sweet older sister in the show, Anderson didn’t much care for Melissa Gilbert.

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Sue Anderson Explains Why She Took on New Nickname During Filming

“Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Sue Anderson may have played Mary Ingalls on the show. But she was known by a different nickname on set. The young actor elected to adopt the nickname “Missy” when she wasn’t filming. “Little House on the Prairie” had an abundance of Melissas. Both Anderson and Melissa Gilbert played sisters on the show. So, it was easy for the production staff to confuse the two when filming. Anderson decided to go by Missy to avoid the potential headache.

‘Little House on The Prairie’ Melissa Sue Anderson Opens Up About Classic TV of the 1970s: ‘It Was a Different Time’

Would Little House on The Prairie air today? Melissa Sue Anderson shares her thoughts on how audiences would respond to the show now. Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls, recently released her book, The Way I See It: A Look Back on My Life on Little House. During the book, Anderson opens up about her experiences both on and off the set. She was with the show for all its seasons from1974-1981. During an interview, Anderson shared her thoughts about how the show would perform with today’s audiences. First, she points out that the family values still apply today.