Melissa Gilbert is known as an American actress, director, and producer. She is most famous for her role on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie.  

Background and Age

Melissa Ellen Gilbert was born on May 8, 1964, in Los Angeles, CA. She was adopted by actors Paul Gilbert and Barbara Crane. Her parents had too many children from their previous marriages, forcing them to make the tough decision of giving up Melissa for adoption. After Gilbert's father, Paul Gilbert, died in February 1975, Michael Landon turned into a significant guide and companion to the actress. 

Career and Net Worth

Melissa Gilbert got her big acting break, playing Laura Ingalls on the NBC drama series Little House on the Prairie. It was for her sincere, essential depiction of Laura that the actress turned into the most youthful individual to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Melissa Gilbert has frequently decided on roles as tormented young women like in The Miracle Worker in 1979, The Diary of Anne Frank in 1980, and Splendor in the Grass in 1981.

Gilbert had a role in the 2011 film, The Christmas Pageant. She at that point stretched out toward another path, going on to contend on Dancing with the Stars in 2012. Partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Gilbert went on to face TV character Sherri Shepherd, singer Gladys Knight and tennis incredible star Martina Navratilova for the top prize.

Gilbert moved to Michigan with her spouse in 2013. In August 2015 Gilbert reported her Congressional campaign for Michigan's eighth district. Running as a Democrat on a pro-working class family stage, the actress set out to unseat Republican delegate, Mike Bishop, "I’m running for Congress to make life a little easier for all the families who feel they have fallen through the cracks in today’s economy. I believe building a new economy is a team effort, and we need to bring fresh voices to the table to get the job done.” In May 2015, Gilbert pulled back from the race to abstain from disturbing a spinal physical issue.

Marriage, Spouse, and Kids

Melissa Gilbert previously dated famous actors, Tom Cruise, and Rob Lowe. In 1988, she married actor and producer Bo Brinkman. They had one child named Dakota Paul but they later separated. In 1995, she got married again to an actor named Bruce Boxleitner. They had one child together named Michael Garrett, who was born in 1995 and named after Michael Landon. Their union lasted sixteen years until Gilbert sought legal separation from Boxleitner in 2011.

On April 24, 2013, Gilbert married actor Timothy Busfield. The couple tied the knot in a private function at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. When the coronavirus pandemic spread in the Summer of 2020, Timothy Busfield said his greatest test during quarantine was dealing with a bear that his better half has gotten to know after he stumbled onto the yard of their upstate New York home.

Last Modified: Jul 18, 2020

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