Here's How Melissa Gilbert Found out That Her Sister Sara Was Gay

Ksenia Novikova
Apr 24, 2019
02:14 A.M.
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Melissa Gilbert asked her younger sister, Sara, if she was gay when the latter was in her teens. The future "Roseanne" star said she wasn't, which turned out to be a lie.


Sharon Osbourne, Sara's co-host on "The Talk," asked Melissa about the moment she knew her sister was gay. Sara and Linda Perry, a songwriter, had just started dating when Melissa sat down for an interview on "The Talk."

Now 43, Sara revealed that she was a lesbian in July 2010. She was still married to producer, Allison Adler, at that time.

Sisters Sara and Melissa. Source: Getty images


Melissa, 54, who is best known for her role on "Little House on the Prairie," recalled how she sat her sister down one night.

She took teenage Sara to dinner and assured her of love and support.

"I gave her this long speech about how much I love you, and it doesn't matter, and you're my darling and blah, blah, blah, and you can tell me anything," recounted Melissa.

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"Don't we have a break coming up? And she looked at me, and she said, 'I'm not gay.' And I was like, 'OK, whatever,'" added Melissa.


Melissa said Sara phoned her years later and told her that she, in fact, was gay. Being the subject of the discussion clearly made Sara uncomfortable. In jest, she asked: "Don't we have a break coming up?" 

The "Poison Ivy" star, who has two children with Adler, married Linda Perry back in 2014. Linda is a songwriter and musician best known for the band 4 Non Blondes.

In 2015, Sara gave birth to the couple's son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry. Sara has been working in "The Conners" at the time.

She is expected to take part in a new YouTube project titled "Weird City," which is supposed to be a comedy sci-fi anthology web show.