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Also Known As: Melissa Gilbert-Brinkman, Melissa Ellen Gilbert Died:
Born: May 8, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actress, director

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Me and My Hormones (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Spring Thaw (2007)
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 Sanctuary (2001) Jo Hathaway
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 Soul Collector, The (1999) Rebecca
9.
 Two Babies: Switched at Birth (1999) Sarah Barlow
10.
 Murder at 75 Birch (1999) Gwen Todson
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Milestones close milestones

1967:
Film acting debut, "The Reluctant Astronaut"
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
1977:
TV-movie debut, "Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A." (NBC)
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
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)
1985:
Played a 16-year-old orphan in the family drama "Sylvester"
1992:
Cast as a regular on the Fox comedy series "Stand By Your Man"
1993:
Co-starred with husband Bruce Boxleitner in the NBC movie "House of Secrets"
1995:
Played the title role in the NBC adaptation of Danielle Steel's "Zoya"
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"
1997:
Headlined the TV-movie "Seduction in a Small Town" (ABC)
1999:
Portrayed a widow in the CBS TV-movie "The Soul Collector"
2000:
Played the title role in the CBS TV-movie "A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle"
2001:
Appeared as the victim of a stalker in "Sanctuary" (CBS)
2001:
Beat Valerie Harper for the Screen Actors Guild presidency; re-elected in 2003
2003:
Co-starred with Farrah Fawcett and Robin Givens in "Hollywood Wives: The New Generation" (CBS), based on the Jackie Collins book
2006:
Played a patient looking to reconstruct her nipples after committing zoophilia with her dog on a season 4 episode of "Nip/Tuck" (FX)
2009:
Cast as Caroline 'Ma' Ingalls in the national tour of "Little House on the Prairie"
2009:
Published autobiography <i>Prairie Tale: A Memoir</i>
2012:
Competed on the 14th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
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Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Tom Cruise. Actor. Dated in 1982.
companion:
Rob Lowe. Actor. Together c. 1982 to 1987; engaged.
husband:
Bo Brinkman. Actor, producer. Married February 21, 1988; divorced.
companion:
Dylan McDermott. Actor. Dated briefly.
husband:
Bruce Boxleitner. Actor. Married January 1, 1995; starred in the cyber-film "Tron" (1982).
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grandfather:
Harry Crane. Screenwriter, comedy writer, TV series creator. Died of cancer on September 13, 1999 at age 85.
grandmother:
Julia Crane. Dancer. Former Miss Brooklyn.
father:
Paul Gilbert. Comedian. Adoptive father; deceased.
mother:
Barbara Crane Cowan. Dancer, actor. Adoptive mother.
step-father:
Warren Cowan. Publicist.
brother:
Jonathan Gilbert. Actor. Born in 1967; appeared on "Little House on the Prairie".
half-sister:
Sara Gilbert. Actor. Born in 1975; co-starred in the series "Roseanne".
step-son:
Sam Boxleitner. Born in 1980.
step-son:
Lee Davis Boxleitner. Born in 1985.
son:
Dakota Paul Brinkman. Born on May 1, 1989; at age nine, went to live with father in Texas.
son:
Michael Garrett Boxleitner. Born on October 6, 1995; born 2 1/2 months prematurely; named for actor Michael Landon.
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