Birthname: Scottie MacGregor
Birthdate: January 12, 1925
Birthplace: Glendale, California.
Credited as: Katherine MacGregor
Katherine played the role of Mrs. Oleson, one of the most hated women
on television. Born in Glendale, California, she was raised in Wyoming
and Colorado. She aimed at a show business career very early in life.
She began her career in Broadway's "The Seven Year Itch" and that role
took her through television serials, regional theaters, and finally into
her role as Mrs. Oleson.
On the screen, she did mean, wicked and horrible things to the Ingalls
family and to anyone else who got in her way. Behind the scenes, she
was a cast favorite, with a wild sense of humor that made her the
darling with the child actors on the series.
Katherine wasn't interested in appearing in the "Little House"
television movies in 1983, so the writers scripted her character out. In
"Look Back to Yesterday" and Bless All the Dear Children", Harriet is
out of town shopping for her mercantile store. In 1983's "The Last
Farewell", she is seriously ill and in the hospital in the big city. In
reality, Katherine MacGregor was on a pilgrimage in the country of India
during the summer of 1983.
In recent years, Katherine still lives in Hollywood Hills, occasionally
writes, directs and produces plays for "The Wee Hollywood Vendanta
Players", a Childrens Theater Group.
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