Melissa Gilbert

Actress + Director
Born May 8, 1964
Age 52
Hometown Los Angeles, Cali...
Political Party Democratic Partyl
Nationality American
Other Names Gilbert, Melissa ...

Melissa Ellen Gilbert is an American actress, writer, and producer, primarily in film and television. Gilbert is best known as a child actress who starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder, on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie (1974–1984). As an adult, she has a long list of acting, voicework, writing, producing, and directing credits. Gilbert also served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild. On June 9, 2009 her autobiography, Prairie Tale: A Memoir, was released.… Read More

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Melissa Gilbert
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Age 52



  • Dakota Brinkman
    Dakota Brinkman
    Son, Age 27
  • Michael Boxleitner
    Michael Boxleitner
    Son, Age 21


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1964 Birth Born on May 8, 1964.
1974 10 Years Old From 1974 to 1984, she starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. … Read More


1975 11 Years Old …  Her mother, Barbara, then married Harold Abeles, and together they had biological daughter Sara Rebecca Abeles (the actress known professionally as Sara Gilbert), born on January 29, 1975.
1976 12 Years Old On February 13, 1976, Paul Gilbert died. … Read More
1983 19 Years Old Gilbert had limited contact with Landon after Little House ended during the 1983–84 season.


1988 24 Years Old …  The couple married on February 22, 1988, only seven weeks after she ended her relationship with Rob Lowe. … Read More
1989 25 Years Old On May 1, 1989, she gave birth to son Dakota Paul Brinkman. They divorced in 1992. … Read More
1991 27 Years Old Seven years later, She was contacted by Landon's family and upon news of his condition, she paid him a heartfelt visit following his May 9, 1991, appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where he discussed his pancreatic cancer. … Read More


After reuniting for a third time, they finally married on January 1, 1995, in her mother's living room. … Read More
1996 32 Years Old Gilbert has continued to work regularly, mainly in television. She starred as Jean Donovan in the biopic Choices of the Heart (1983), and as Anna Sheridan in three episodes of Babylon 5 with then husband Bruce Boxleitner in 1996. … Read More
1998 34 Years Old In 1998, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. … Read More
2001 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Gilbert served as the President of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.
2003 39 Years Old In 2003, she was re-elected, defeating Kent McCord with 50% of the vote to his 42%.


2005 41 Years Old In July 2005, she announced that she would not seek a third term. … Read More
2011 47 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 1, 2011, Gilbert announced that she and Boxleitner had separated.
2013 49 Years Old On January 29, 2013, Gilbert's representative confirmed the actress' engagement to fellow actor Timothy Busfield. The couple married on April 24, 2013. … Read More


2015 51 Years Old In January 2015 Gilbert decided to have her breast implants surgically removed for health reasons.
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