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"Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert today

Melissa Gilbert in Little House on the Prairie.

Little House on the Prairie is unarguably one of most loved western TV-shows of all times. The series made "Laura Ingalls" actress Melissa Gilbert a global icon. Carry on reading to find out what the lovely actress is these days.

Melissa Gilbert (54) rose to fame in 1974 as "Laura Ingalls" in "Little House on the Prairie"  – a role which she portrayed until 1983. The family series was Gilbert's big break and she became a much-loved child star. Nonetheless, she was able to make a name for herself in Hollywood as an adult, too. Melissa Gilbert even got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the age of 21.

Some of her latest roles include supporting-roles in Secret and Lies or The Night Shift as well as the in the short film One Smart Fellow in 2015. Afterwards, Melissa Gilbert quit acting and has been focusing on her private life with husband Timothy Busfield (61), whom she married in 2013.

Melissa Gilbert in "Little House On The Prairie"

Melissa Gilbert as "Laura Ingalls" in Little House on the Prairie.

Melissa Gilbert is happily married

Even though the "Little House on the Prairie"-Star had been married two times before, the couple has been happily married since 2013 and lives in Michigan now. In 1988, Melissa Gilbert wed Bo Brinkman (61). They divorced in 1994. In 1995, Gilbert exchanged vows with Bruce Boxleitner (68). She has one child with each of her ex-husbands. And did you know, Melissa Gilbert was adopted by Barbara Cowan and Paul Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert has retired from acting and directing.

Melissa Gilbert has retired from acting and directing.

Melissa Gilbert and politics

Husband number three seems to be Melissa Gilbert's perfect match. After relocating to Michigan and quitting acting, she decided to try her luck in politics. In 2013, Melissa Gilbert planned on running for Congress in Michigan. However, she had to withdraw from her campaign due to medical reasons. Since then, the "Little House on the Prairie"-star has withdrawn from the public eye