Melissa Gilbert

Actress, Director
As the bright and spunky Laura "Half Pint" Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie" (NBC, 1974-1983), Melissa Gilbert was one of the most loved child actors of the 1970s, and remained a viewer favorite in subsequent ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (87)

Secrets & Lies 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sacrifices of the Heart 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Thicker Than Water 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Melissa Gilbert 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Presidio Med 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Babies: Switched at Birth 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Her Own Rules" 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Michael Landon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barney's First Adventures 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Melissa Gilbert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Vicki Lawrence Show 1995 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in My Hometown 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Landon: The E! True Hollywood Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Cries From the Heart 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

House of Secrets 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hidden Room 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny 1989 (Movie)

Actress (Actor)

Ice House 1989 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

Killer Instinct 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Drug Free Kids: A Parent's Guide 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Choices 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Little House: Bless All the Dear Children 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Sylvester 1985 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Secrets 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Little House: Look Back to Yesterday 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Little House: The Last Farewell 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Little House: A New Beginning 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XI 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Splendor in the Grass 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars X 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Like Magic 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Diary of Anne Frank 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Miracle Worker 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Nutcracker Fantasy 1978 (Movie)

of Clara (Voice)

Circus Lions, Tigers and Melissas Too 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Little House on the Prairie 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family of Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Child Stars: Their Story (TV Show)

Actor

Childhood Sweetheart? (TV Show)

Actor

Choices of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Danielle Steel's "Zoya" (TV Show)

Actor

Donor (TV Show)

Actor

Dying to Remember (TV Show)

Actor

Forbidden Nights (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of the Storm (TV Show)

Actor

House of Secrets (Movie)

Marion Ravinel (Actor)

Joshua's Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Little House on the Prairie (TV Show)

Actor

Mistaken Identity (Movie)

Sarah Barlow (Actor)

Murder at 75 Birch (TV Show)

Actor

Nora Roberts' Sanctuary (TV Show)

Actor

Penalty Phase (TV Show)

Actor

Seduction in a Small Town (TV Show)

Actor

Stand By Your Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Pageant (TV Show)

Actor

The Lookalike (TV Show)

Actor

The Soul Collector (TV Show)

Actor

With Hostile Intent (TV Show)

Actor

With a Vengeance (TV Show)

Actor

Without Her Consent (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Me and My Hormones 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

As the bright and spunky Laura "Half Pint" Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie" (NBC, 1974-1983), Melissa Gilbert was one of the most loved child actors of the 1970s, and remained a viewer favorite in subsequent decades through a substantial list of dramatic made-for-TV movies that traded on her can-do screen image. Though her personal life was frequently the stuff of TV drama - adopted at birth, the loss of a beloved father, romantic heartbreak and apparent true love - Gilbert found her niche both on and off the screen. In the former, she was a go-to for sudsy romances or reality-based melodramas like "Cries from the Heart" (CBS, 1994) or "Zoya" (NBC, 1995), while in the latter, she was the third and longest-running female president of the Screen Actors Guild, where she served two terms. The enduring status of "Little House" in reruns, combined with her active television career, ensured that the beloved Gilbert would remain a fixture on the small screen for years to come.

Relationships

Michael Boxleitner

Son
Born Oct. 6, 1995; father, Bruce Boxleitner; born two and 1/2 months prematurely; named for actor Michael Landon

Bruce Boxleitner Actor

Husband
Married Jan. 1, 1995 Separated March 2011 Gilbert filed for divorce August 2011, citing irreconcilable differences Divorce finalized 2011

Lee Boxleitner Boom Operator

Step-Son
Born in 1985 to Bruce Boxleitner and actress Kathryn Holcomb

Sam Boxleitner Production Assistant

Step-Son
Born in 1980 to Bruce Boxleitner and actress Kathryn Holcomb

Charlie Brill Actor

Godfather

Dakota Brinkman Actor

Son
Born May 1, 1989; father, Bo Brinkman; at age nine, went to live with father in Texas

Bo Brinkman Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 21, 1988 Divorced 1992

Timothy Busfield Actor

Companion
Announced engagement January 2013

Warren Cowan Actor

Step-Father

Barbara Cowan Actor

Mother
Adopted by Paul Gilbert and Barbara Cowan in 1964

Julia Crane

Grandmother
Former Miss Brooklyn

Harry Crane Writer

Grandfather
Born April 23, 1914 Died of cancer on Sept. 13, 1999 at age 85

Tom Cruise Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 1982 No longer together

Paul Gilbert Actor

Father
Born Dec. 27, 1918 Adopted Melissa with wife Barbara Cowan in 1964

Sara Gilbert Actor

Sister
Born Jan. 29, 1975 to Harold Abeles and Barbara Cowan; played title character's middle child Darlene on the hit sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC) from 1988-97

Jonathan Gilbert Actor

Brother
Born in 1967 Adopted by Paul Gilbert and Barbara Cowan Appeared together on "Little House on the Prairie" (NBC) from 1974-84

Rob Lowe Actor

Companion
Began dating 1981 when they were both 17; had an on-and-off relationship due to infidelity by both Broke up 1986 when Lowe began dating Princess Stephanie Reconciled and became briefly engaged summer of 1987 Split after Melissa discovered she was pregnant; she miscarried a few days after the relationship ended 1987

Dylan McDermott Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Milestones

2012

Competed on the 14th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)

2009

Published autobiography Prairie Tale: A Memoir

2009

Cast as Caroline 'Ma' Ingalls in the national tour of "Little House on the Prairie"

2006

Played a patient looking to reconstruct her nipples after committing zoophilia with her dog on a season 4 episode of "Nip/Tuck" (FX)

2003

Co-starred with Farrah Fawcett and Robin Givens in "Hollywood Wives: The New Generation" (CBS), based on the Jackie Collins book

2001

Beat Valerie Harper for the Screen Actors Guild presidency; re-elected in 2003

2001

Appeared as the victim of a stalker in "Sanctuary" (CBS)

2000

Played the title role in the CBS TV-movie "A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle"

1999

Portrayed a widow in the CBS TV-movie "The Soul Collector"

1997

Headlined the TV-movie "Seduction in a Small Town" (ABC)

1996

Cast as Anna Sheridan on two episodes of "Babylon 5" (TNT) opposite husband Bruce Boxleitner

1996

Directed sister Sara in the ABC Afterschool Special "Me and My Hormones"

1995

Played the title role in the NBC adaptation of Danielle Steel's "Zoya"

1993

Co-starred with husband Bruce Boxleitner in the NBC movie "House of Secrets"

1992

Cast as a regular on the Fox comedy series "Stand By Your Man"

1985

Played a 16-year-old orphan in the family drama "Sylvester"

1983

Reunited with Landon and cast to reprise her role in NBC made-for-television movies, "Little House: Look Back to Yesterday" (1983), "Little House: Bless All the Dear Children" (1983) and "Little House: The Last Farewell" (1984)

1979

Provided the voice of Clara for the animated film "Nutcracker Fantasy"

1979

First produced the TV-movie, "The Miracle Worker" (NBC); played Helen Keller to Patty Duke's Anne Sullivan

1977

TV-movie debut, "Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A." (NBC)

1974

Won the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder, over 500 other young actresses, on the NBC series "Little House on the Prairie"; series co-starred Michael Landon

1967

Film acting debut, "The Reluctant Astronaut"

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