Melissa Gilbert is known for her role as Laura Ingalls on the beloved television series “Little House on the Prairie.” However, behind the scenes, there was tension between Gilbert and her co-star Michael Landon, who played her father on the show.
According to Gilbert’s memoir, “Prairie Tale,” Landon was initially supportive of her, but as she got older and started to assert herself more, their relationship became strained. Gilbert claimed that Landon became controlling and would frequently yell at her on set.
The tension came to a head during the show’s final season when Gilbert asked for a pay raise and more creative control. Landon reportedly told her that she was replaceable and threatened to kill off her character if she didn’t comply. Gilbert eventually agreed to Landon’s terms but remained resentful towards him.
Despite the feud, Gilbert and Landon were able to maintain a professional relationship on set and continued to work together until the show’s end in 1983. Landon passed away in 1991, and Gilbert has since spoken fondly of him in interviews.
While the tension between Gilbert and Landon was undoubtedly difficult, “Little House on the Prairie” remains a beloved show that has continued to capture the hearts of audiences for decades.
“Little House on the Prairie” is an American Western drama television series that aired from 1974 to 1983. It was based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling series of “Little House” books, which chronicled her childhood in the American Midwest during the late 19th century. The show was a family-friendly hit, and its wholesome storylines and lovable characters made it a favorite among viewers of all ages.
The show was set in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and followed the life of the Ingalls family as they struggled to make a living on the frontier. Michael Landon, who played Charles Ingalls, was also the show’s executive producer, writer, and director. The cast included Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls, Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls, and Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls.
Despite its popularity, the show was not without its controversies, particularly when it came to behind-the-scenes drama among the cast. One notable feud was between Melissa Gilbert and her on-screen sister, Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson. The two reportedly did not get along on set and had a strained relationship both on and off-screen.
However, despite the tension, the show remained a beloved classic and has continued to be popular through reruns and home video releases. It is remembered for its heartwarming stories, strong family values, and portrayal of life on the American frontier.