The popular family-series Little House on the Prairie was produced from 1974 till 1983. The show had millions of viewers and glued them to the television. Over 11 years, 10 seasons were produced, amounting to a total of 210 episodes. In the upcoming pictures you‘ll see how the former stars of the series have changed over the years and what they look like today!
Karen Grassle played “Caroline” the mother of the “Ingalls” family on Little House on the Prairie. The actress appeared in more than 100 episodes of the series...
Her bright and radiant laugh is still one of Karen Grassle's trademarks today! Every now and then she still appears on the TV, but Karen’s much bigger passion is the stage. Karen Grassle loves performing on Broadway like she did in The Gingham Dog even before Little House on the Prairie started, or productions like Driving Miss Daisy, which came after the show had ended.
Melissa Gilbert played the middle child of the family, "Laura Ingalls“. For her great performance, Melissa was nominated for the Golden Globe Award, the Emmy Award, and also received the Young Artist Award...
After Little House in the Prairie, Gilbert appeared in more than 30 feature films. Even today, Melissa Gilbert is still a highly popular and successful actress. But her big passion is politics. In our next picture, you can see how beautiful the actress still is today...
In 2009, Melissa Gilbert wrote her biography. In it, she revealed how she struggled with alcohol abuse back in the day. In 2012, she was featured on Dancing with the Stars and took fifth place.
Michael Landon (†55) played the patriarch “Charles Ingalls“. Landon’s big breakthrough had been the TV western series Bonanza (1959 – 1973). When Bonanza ended, he got the lead on Little House in the Prairie. Landon was by far the most famous actor of the series...
Landon got nominated for numerous awards as well. Many of you may also know him from the series Highway to Heaven. Sadly, Michael Landon died in 1991 from pancreatic cancer. He was only 55 years old.
Melissa Sue Anderson played "Mary Ingalls“, the oldest daughter of "Charles“ and "Caroline Ingalls”
After Melissa Sue Anderson left Little House in the Prairie she wasn’t really as successful as before. Nevertheless, she continued acting in TV-series like The Equalizer, CHiPs or Murder, She Wrote. In 2010, Anderson published her memoirs, with details from her private life and from the time when Little House on the Prairie was still in production. She lives in Canada by now and is still happy with her husband Michael Sloan.
Michael Landon offered Jason Bateman the part of “James Cooper Ingalls“ when the boy was only twelve years old. Bateman played his part in such a great and authentic way, he soon swept the audience off their feet.
Today Jason – who‘s married to Amanda Anka by the way – is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. Besides many other great films, he’s had big success with his movie Horrible Bosses. Most recently, he was seen in the Netflix original series Ozark.
Charlotte Stewart (left) played the teacher ”Miss Beadle“ and Alison Arngrim (right) portrayed “Nellie Oleson“...
Charlotte Stewart was able to sustain her success even after Little House on the Prairie was cancelled. She‘s still a sought after actress for series and even worked with the famous director David Lynch.
Alison Arngrim is still somewhat famous in the U.S.. In 2010, she wrote a book called “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch“. Since then, Arngrim regularly tours the United States as a stand-up comedienne.
Dean Butler played “Almanzo Wilder“, "Laura Ingalls‘“ (Melissa Gilbert) husband. In the beginning, “Almanzo” wasn't a really popular character, but thanks to his open nature, he finally managed to win the audience over.
In 1981, Dean founded his own production-company – that‘s why he's mostly active behind the scenes nowadays. Nevertheless Butler hasn't given up acting yet and featured in smaller parts in series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among others.