Berkeley, California, USA
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Mary Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, Emmy-award winner
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Melissa Sue Anderson (born September 26, 1962) is an American Daytime Emmy- winning actress best known for playing Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie, which aired from 1974 until 1983. She has been most recently seen as First Lady Megan Hollister in the 2006 television mini-series 10.5: Apocalypse. Anderson was born in Berkeley, California. Her show business career got underway when a dance teacher urged her parents to find an agent for her. She began doing TV commercials, and soon the blond, blue-eyed girl was in demand for roles. One of those included that of Millicent, the girl who kissed Bobby and induced him to see fireworks on The Brady Bunch. At age eleven, she won her role in Little House on the Prairie ahead of hundreds of competitors. She left the series in 1982. She continued acting in television shows, such as The Equalizer, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Parent Trap II, and Murder, She Wrote.
She has been described as mild mannered and unpretentious, similar to her Mary Ingalls character. Her first publicly known romance was with actor Lorenzo Lamas, with whom she made an appearance in the film series The Love Boat in which two friends (Lorenzo and Melissa) resist the matchmaking efforts of their parents. After this short romance, she dated Frank Sinatra, Jr., who at the time was more than twice her age. She says, "It was fun, but never really wild. That`s just not me." She won an Emmy Award for her performance in Which Mother Is Mine?, an ABC Afternoon Special (1979), and was nominated for a 1978 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Little House on the Prairie. She also secured a Spanish `TP de Oro` Award for `Best Foreign Actress` for Little House(1980). She was the associate producer for the next to last TV project Michael Landon made before dying: Where Pigeons Go to Die (1990). She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1998, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. With husband Michael Sloan, she has two children, daughter Piper (born May 1991) and son Griffin (born 1996). Anderson and her family became Canadian citizens on July 1, 2007 (Canada Day) in Montreal.
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Full Name at Birth
Melissa Sue Anderson
Michael Landon (actor) (director) (producer), Karen Grassle (actress), Melissa Gilbert (actress)
Michael Sloan (husband), Piper (daughter), Griffin (son)
Melissa Sue Anderson (born September 26, 1962) is an American-Canadian actress. She began her career as a child actress after appearing in several commercials in Los Angeles. Anderson is known for her role as Mary Ingalls on the NBC drama series Little House on the Prairie, on which she starred from 1974 until 1981. She is also known for her film roles, including Vivian in Midnight Offerings (1981), Ginny in the slasher film Happy Birthday to Me (1981), and Alex in the ABC Afterschool Special, Which Mother Is Mine? (1979).
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Globe Pequot Press, Inc.
TV Commercial for Malibu Barbie Pool Party (1973), TV Commercial for Alpen cereal
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