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Melissa Sue Anderson from 'Little House on the Prairie' Once Explained Her Decision to Move to Canada and Retire for Her Kids

Oyin Balogun
Mar 08, 2020
09:30 A.M.
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The American-Canadian actress Melissa Sue Anderson became a citizen of a country she had fallen in love with in the '90s.


It took a lot from the actress and her family of four, who had stayed in Canada for a while to make the significant change of changing countries, but eventually, they became citizens of Canada at a citizenship ceremony in 2007.

The American-Canadian actress popularly known for her role in "Little House On The Prairie," and her husband, Michael Sloan, fell in love with Montreal a long time ago.

Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall on "Little House on the Prairie" | Photo: Getty Images



In an E-Talk Extended interview, Anderson opened up about how she and her whole family got their Canadian citizenship.

While her children didn't have to bother with writing a test, Anderson did, and she went through the process with her husband. She said,

"The whole family is Canadian exactly now, and my husband and I had to take the test, and we studied and studied and studied"

Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie" | Photo: Getty Images


The actress admitted the tests were tough and also confessed that at the time she and her husband were studying, she found out he didn't have to take the test.

He was over the required age of taking the assessment, and so it didn't apply to him anymore. Rather than share the news with him, Anderson kept it to herself.


The mother of two also revealed that even though she almost spilled the beans about three times, she didn't want to lose her study pal. They eventually took the test together.

In the same interview, after being asked about how Hollywood kids face problems with drugs and other similar vices, Anderson opened up about how she kept her kids away from the acting world. Melissa Sue Anderson's children prompted her decision to leave Hollywood.


Like most mothers, the actress put the needs of her kids first before her career. She knew the effect the nature of her job could have on them and so decided it was better to keep a low profile.

She said personally, she didn't recommend acting for kids as it would only cause them to miss out on growing up, and this drove her decision to leave her job. She said:

"I really stepped away for a long time...that was really for the kids so they would have their own sense of who they were as opposed to being with me."

Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls on the television series "Little House on the Prairie" | Photo: Wikimedia Commons


Years after she made that decision, Anderson believes it was the right choice as her kids grew up to be their own people. The doting mother said both kids turned out well with no interest in acting. 

Melissa Sue Anderson now decided it was time to step back into her acting life. She has since then featured on several TV projects.

Melissa Sue Anderson appears on NBC News' "Today" show on May 3rd, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images



The TV show "Little House on The Prairie" was one of the most popular shows from the 1970s. In the show, Anderson played an award-winning role.

The actress played Mary Ingalls, who was blind. With her skills, she was able to engrave Ingalls in the heart of many. Her acting skills also landed her an Emmy nomination.

After the show, Anderson delved into other things, including writing a book. She was convinced to put pen to paper and write about her time on the award-winning show.


She wrote about her experiences on the set of the TV show in her memoir titled "The way I See It: A Look Back At My Life On Little House." She opened up that becoming blind made her character feel very boring and limited.

After appearing in a few episodes in season eight, she left the show. She then went on to another project before taking a break from acting altogether. In the late 1980s Anderson had a long run on the set of a CBS drama, "The Equalizer."


Anderson is not only an American-Canadian actress, she is also a mother and a loving wife. Melissa Sue Anderson's Partner is the TV writer, Micheal Sloan. The duo tied the knot in 1990 and share two kids, Griffin and Piper Sloan.