Melissa Sue Anderson

Born Sep 26, 1962

Melissa Sue Anderson is an American-Canadian actress. Born September 26, 1962 in Berkeley, California, she began her career as a child actress. Anderson is perhaps best known for her role as Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie, as well as for her film roles; as Vivian in Midnight Offerings, as Ginny in the cult classic slasher Happy Birthday to Me, and as Alex in the ABC Afterschool Special, Which Mother Is Mine?, for which she won the Emmy Award in 1979.… Read More

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1962 Birth Born on September 26, 1962.
1972 9 Years Old Her show business career began when a dance teacher urged her parents to find an agent for her. She began doing television commercials, and soon she was in demand for television roles. Her first came in a 1972 episode of Bewitched entitled "Tabitha's First Day Of School." … Read More


1974 11 Years Old At the age of eleven, Anderson landed the role of Mary Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. She would go on to star on the show for eight seasons; beginning in 1974 and leaving after season seven, later appearing in two episodes of season eight in late 1981.
1976 13 Years Old In 1976, Michael Landon asked Anderson if she would appear in his autobiographical film,The Loneliest Runner. … Read More
1977 14 Years Old In 1977, she once again co-starred as the love interest opposite Lance Kerwin in the television film James at 15.
1978 15 Years Old She 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 and won the Emmy Award for her performance in Which Mother Is Mine?, which aired as an ABC Afterschool Special in 1979.
1979 16 Years Old Also in 1979, she played the title role of Dana Lee Gilbert, a North Dakota transfer student to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, California in CBS's TV movie Survival of Dana.
1980 17 Years Old In 1980, Anderson earned a 'TP de Oro' Award (considered to be Spain's most prestigious award for television) for 'Best Foreign Actress' for her role in Little House on the Prairie. … Read More
1981 18 Years Old In 1981, she earned a Young Artist Award nomination for her performance in the Canadian slasher film Happy Birthday to Me. … Read More


1998 35 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.


2007 44 Years Old Anderson and her husband, Michael Sloan, became naturalized Canadians in 2007.
2010 47 Years Old In 2010 Anderson released her autobiography entitled The Way I See It - A Look Back at My Life on Little House. … Read More
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