Melissa Gilbert rose to fame after playing Laura Ingalls on the hit TV show “The Ingalls Family” (“Little House on the Prairie” in its original language). This character marked his career and allowed him to win the affection of the public around the world.
The hit television series American was produced and broadcast on NBC between 1974 and 1983. It lasted nine seasons and became a television phenomenon that has remained in force over time.
“The Ingalls Family” followed the life of a family living on a farm in Plum Creek, near Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the late 1800s. The show is based on the eponymous book saga by Laura Ingalls Wilder and starred Michael Landon.
Even if “The Ingalls Family” It was filmed more than four decades ago, until today details or data that few knew continue to come to light. On this occasion, we are going to tell you about the time that Melissa Gilbert visited Laura Ingalls’ house.
“THE INGALLS FAMILY”: WHY MELISSA GILBERT DID NOT RETURN TO WALNUT GROVE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS
Melissa Gilbert, to this day, is recognized around the world for her role as Laura Ingalls Wilder in “Little House on the Prairie.” When she was 44 years old, the actress was cast in “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical” at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
Gilbert and the child actors who were part of the show decided to visit Walnut Grove, where the real Laura Ingalls grew up. Melissa Gilbert had never known this place until now.
So Gilbert and the children of the musical got into a car and drove five hours to visit Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and De Smet, South Dakota. The “Little House on the Prairie” actress had had other opportunities to visit the place where the real Laura grew up, but she always turned them down. This time was different.
“Despite numerous invitations, I had not visited either location,” wrote Gilbert in his 2009 memoir, “Prairie Tale.” “He finally felt right now that he was old enough to appreciate it.”
When Gilbert and the children got to Walnut Grove, they went straight to the museum. “One display included the mantelpiece from the television series set,” wrote Gilbert.
“When no one was looking, I smelled it to see if it still contained any of the familiar scents from the set. It was not like that, but the memories of my childhood flooded my heart and my mind ”, remembered the actress.
After the museum, the group headed to Nellie’s Café for lunch and then took a walk down Plumb Creek. In De Smet, everyone took a tour of the city.
“We walked through the house that Pa built, where I marveled at the cabinets he had made for Ma, and then we were taken to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, where our guide opened a vault containing the most special items,” wrote Gilbert. “He took out a nightgown and several handkerchiefs.”
At that moment, the guide produced a nightgown and several handkerchiefs that had belonged to Laura Ingalls. Gilbert asked if he could touch the nightgown and was allowed. That instant stayed with Gilbert for years.
“I kept thinking about the flood of memories I had experienced after touching Laura’s nightgown and handkerchief. As my fingers traced the cotton fabric, I relived everything from my first Little House audition to the present: happiness, sadness, heartbreak, and love. For someone who grew up unable to feel anything, I now feel a lot, ”wrote Gilbert.