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Saturday
Jun112011

Life on the Prairie - Melissa Gilbert's Memoirs so far

Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert is Half-pint's tales of her growin' up years on the prairie and beyond. Evidently she gets dishy about drugs, Rob Lowe, Bruce Boxleitner amongst other things. I believe her successful marriage is a significant part of the book, but it has since seen it's demise. If you're a child of the 70s like I am, I'm sure you want to know the real scoop behind Nellie Olson and Melissa - who was pulling whose braids behind the scenes? I may actually read this one and find out. Signed, a closed Little House fan.

Melissa Gilbert, Actress
Prairie Tale: A Memoir 

She was a natural on camera, but behind the scenes, life was more complicated. Adopted as a baby into a legendary show business family, Melissa wrestled with questions about her identity and struggled to maintain an image of perfection her mother created and enforced. Only after years of substance abuse, dysfunctional relationships, and made-for-television movies did she begin to figure out who she really was.

With candor and humor, the cherished actress traces her complicated journey from buck-toothed Laura "Half-pint" Ingalls to Hollywood starlet, wife, and mother. She eventually realized that her career on television had earned her popularity, admiration, and love from everyone but herself.

Melissa has accepted her many different identities and learned to laugh, cry, and forgive in new ways. Women everywhere may have idolized her charming life on Little House on the Prairie, but Melissa's own unexpectedly honest, imperfect, and down-to-earth story is an inspiration.

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