Melissa Gilbert Shares 'behind the Scenes Look' at Her Childhood in Throwback Photos

Melissa Gilbert turned on the nostalgia for her fans by posting a series of rare photographs from the set of her 70’s hit show, “Little House on the Prairie.”

The 55-year-old star shared a few throwback images of herself playing the character ‘Laura Ingalls Wilder’ on the hit show as well as a few other behind-the-scenes snapshots.

“A behind the scenes look at my childhood,” she captioned the post.


Some of the photos that Gilbert shared also sees her then cast members from the show including Matthew Laborteaux.

After Gilbert’s post, a lot of her fans walked down the memory lane and took to the comment section to express their feelings. One fan commented:

“How many people wish their childhood could be like Little House? Forty years later I’m still wishing... Thank you for sharing these fantastic memories!”

Another Instagram user, ‘siramade1116,’ wrote, “Your childhood was our childhood. We will always love little Laura Ingalls. Thanks for the memories.”

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Similarly, another fan admitted that the photos shared by Gilbert made them want to go back in time and “be a kid again.”

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Source: Instagram/melissaellengilbertbusfield


Born on May 8, 1964, Gilbert was only nine years of age when she landed a role in “Little House on the Prairie.” 

Reportedly, Ed Friendly and Michael Landon, one of the directors on the show, were so impressed by Gilbert's audition that they knew she was “the one” immediately after her screen test. Recalling the iconic audition, Gilbert previously stated:

“I read for him in a room at Paramount Studios. I remember thinking, ‘Oh gosh, he’s really handsome.’ He gave off a different kind of energy than ordinary people.”

In another interview, Gilbert also admitted to having developed huge respect for Landon, who also played the character of her father on the show. 

Over the years, the duo shared a special relationship that extended even after the end of the show. 

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