'Little House on the Prairie' star Katherine MacGregor dies at 93
Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor was an actress who was best known for her role as Harriet Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie." The star passed away on Tuesday at the age of 93.
Her representative confirmed to the news. She had been retired and was living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's home in California.
Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor had been living in Woodland Hills at the time of her death. On "Little House on the Prairie" the actress played the gossipy, mean-spirited Harriet Oleson.
MacGregor appeared in the same role for 153 episodes of the popular 1970s series. She acted alongside her onscreen daughter Nellie played by Alison Arngrim and the Ingalls which included Pa played by Michael Landon and Laura played by Melissa Gilbert.
She grew up in Colorado and after relocating to New York she changed her name to "Scottie." There she received recognition for her theatrical roles.
MacGregor moved to California and appeared on "On the Waterfront" in an unaccredited role in 1954. She then began to work on television shows like "Ironside," "Emergency!" and "Mannix."
Speaking to the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 1981, the star said:
"It was a rude awakening coming to Hollywood. I was used to doing juicy parts on the stage ... They didn’t know what to do with me."
Just when she was ready to go back to New York her agent called and asked her to go see somebody that afternoon. She asked her agent who that person was and that’s when she found out it was Landon whom she didn’t know at the time.
Meeting him landed her the role of Oleson. The role proved to be the one that would launch her career and make her famous.
For brief periods, MacGregor married twice. Once in 1969, to Edward G. Kaye-Martin whom she divorced the following year.
In 1949 she had married actor Bert Remsen. The actress had been living at the Motion Picture Fund Long-Term Nursing Care facility in Woodland Hills, California when she passed away.