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Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Name: Melissa Gilbert
Birthday: May 8, 1964
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 3"
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

       Only 10 when the show first aired, Melissa played the role of Laura Ingalls. Born in Los Angeles in 1964, Melissa first worked professionally at the age of 2 in a baby commercial. Resuming her career at the age of 7, she landed various other commercials along with roles in "Gunsmoke", "Emergency!" and "Tenafly".

       With a former actress for a mother and comedian for a father, Melissa literally grew up surrounded by show business. She was one of 500 young girls who auditioned for the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder for the show. She was the only one whose screen test was considered and sent to NBC.

       It was Michael Landon's daughter, Leslie, who told Melissa that she had won the role of Laura when the two of them stood in line at the school cafeteria. Melissa is the youngest person ever to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her sister is actress Sara Gilbert and her brother is actor Jonathan Gilbert ( Willie Oleson ) in "Little House".

       Melissa married Bo Brinkman in 1988 and later divorced in 1992, and then married actor Bruce Boxleitner in 1995. When she gave birth to her baby boy, she gave him the first name of Michael, in memory of her TV father and good friend, Michael Landon.

       Melissa was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1998 for her work in "Little House on the Prairie".

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