Who is Melissa Sue Anderson?
Melissa Sue Anderson was born on 26 September 1962, in Berkeley, California, USA, and is an actress, probably still best known for finding popularity in the series “Little House on the Prairie” during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, in which she played Mary Ingalls.
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Early Life and Entertainment Beginnings
Melissa Sue was born as the younger of two daughters – her family relocated from the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles, but when she was 13 her parents divorced, and she was mainly raised by her mother who was Roman Catholic. While taking up dance classes, her teacher urged her parents to try and find an agent for her, leading her to appear in several commercials, including for Mattel and Sears. Soon after that, she started getting offers for television roles, and was a guest in an episode of “Bewitched”, and also played the role of Millicent, a girl who kissed Bobby in the series “The Brady Bunch”. During the same year, she appeared in an episode of “Shaft”, which led to her role in “Little House on the Prairie”, the story revolving around a family living on a ranch during the 1870s to the 1880s, and on which she would work for the next eight years.
Other Acting Projects
While working on “Little House on the Prairie”, Michael Landon asked Anderson to appear in an autobiographical film entitled “The Loneliest Runner”, in which she played the first girlfriend of John Curtis, played by Lance Kerwin – the duo would later play love interests once more in the television movie “James at 15” released the following year. For her work on “Little House on the Prarie” she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress.
In 1979, she was then cast in the “ABC Afterschool Special” entitled “Which Mother Is Mine?”, a series which often presented controversial situations of interest to children and teenagers, and her performance lead her to win an Emmy Award. Afterwards, she appeared in a television movie entitled “Survival of Dana”, as a North Dakota transfer student named Dana Lee Gilbert. In 1980, she won a TP de Oro award which is considered of the most prestigious awards for television in Spain thanks to her role in “Little House on the Prairie”, which led to her appearing as a guest in the Spanish show “625 Lineas”.
End of Little House on the Prairie
The following year, Melissa Sue got a nomination for her role in the slasher film entitled “Happy Birthday to Me”. With her leaving “Little House on the Prairie” after her seventh season, she went on to appear in other television series, including “The Equalizer”, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “CHiPs”. She also forayed into production work, serving as an associate producer of the last Michael Landon television project entitled “Where Pigeons Go to Die”, which aired in 1990. In 1998, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame, and the following year, starred in the television series “Partners”, but which was short lived.
In the latter part of her career, her acting work became sporadic. One of her last television projects was in the 2006 miniseries entitled “10.5 Apocalypse”, playing First Lady Megan Hollister. She also appeared in several independent productions, and had an uncredited role in the 2014 film “Veronica Mars”, in which she played Stosh’s mother.
In 2010, she released an autobiography entitled “The Way I See It: A Look Back at my Life on Little House”, which is based on her years as a child star, but also describes behind-the-scenes stories regarding stars, guest stars and crew members. She also mentioned in an interview, that one of her most challenging roles was when her character went blind during the fourth season of “Little House on the Prairie”.
For her personal life, it is known that in 1990 Anderson married television producer and writer Michael Sloan who worked on shows such as “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” and “The Equalizer” among many others. They have two children together. In 2002, the family moved to Montreal and eventually became naturalized Canadians five years later, during Canada Day. According to reports, she has mainly foregone her acting work in favor of being a stay-at-home mom and looking after her family.
The Net Worth of Melissa Sue Anderson
How rich is Melissa Sue Anderson? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1.5 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She has also appeared in numerous film projects and other television shows, and assuming that she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.