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Inside 'Little House on the Prairie' Actress Alison Arngrim's Life after Nationwide Fame

Joe Akins
Nov 30, 2020
09:40 P.M.
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Actress Alison Arngrim is famous for her starring portrayal of the incredibly nasty "Nellie Oleson" in the hit television series "Little House On The Prairie." Find out what she has been up to since she left the series.

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"Little House on the Prairie" ran for nine seasons on NBC from 1974 to 1983. The series followed the lives of the Ingalls and starred a host of diverse actors and actresses.

One of the stars of the hit television show, which was made available for streaming on Amazon Prime last year, is Alison Arngrim, who portrayed Nellie Oleson on the show.

Alison Arngrim at a photocall for "Little House on the Prairie" during the 46th annual Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 27, 2006. | Photo: Getty Images

Alison Arngrim at a photocall for "Little House on the Prairie" during the 46th annual Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 27, 2006. | Photo: Getty Images

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Arngrim rose to fame on "Little House on the Prairie" though viewers loathed her character for being mean to another character on the show, Laura. Playing Oleson gave Arngrim a lot of happy memories, earning her recognition and prestige.

After leaving the series, Arngrim continued acting and developed her other skills, such as being an entertainer and a comedian. She soon put together her comedy routines and began her one-woman show, "Confessions of a Prairie [expletive]."

Alison Arngrim at the Hollywood Museum's reception for Jeran Design's graffiti gown at the Hollywood History Museum on May 6, 2010. | Photo: Getty Images

Alison Arngrim at the Hollywood Museum's reception for Jeran Design's graffiti gown at the Hollywood History Museum on May 6, 2010. | Photo: Getty Images

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The show, which started at New York's Club Fez in 2002, went on to become a worldwide phenomenon, with Arngrim performing in several other states. Arngrim's stand-up comedy ensured she headlined at nightclubs like the "Laugh Factory," and the "Comedy Store."

Arngrim became a passionate advocate for fighting AIDS after losing her friend and on-screen husband Steve Tracy to the disease.

Charlotte Stewart (left) and Alison Arngrim in a scene from "Little House on the Prairie" originally aired on December 5, 1977 | Photo: Getty Images

Charlotte Stewart (left) and Alison Arngrim in a scene from "Little House on the Prairie" originally aired on December 5, 1977 | Photo: Getty Images

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Arngrim juggled her stand-up comedy with appearances on other television shows such as "The Love Boat," and comedy series like "Life Interrupted," where she teamed up with other child stars, Mason Reese and Erin Murphy ("Bewitched"), and Dawn Wells ("Gilligan's Island").

The actress also fulfilled her childhood dream of starring in a horror movie when she portrayed Leeza in the supernatural web series, "The Mephisto Box."

Alison Arngrim at "The Wonderful Winter Of Oz" Opening Night at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California | Photo: Getty Images

Alison Arngrim at "The Wonderful Winter Of Oz" Opening Night at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California | Photo: Getty Images

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She has dozens of other television and comedy roles and has made several appearances on television talk shows like E! Entertainment, VH-1, CNN, etc., where she usually discusses several topics.

Arngrim became a passionate advocate for fighting AIDS after losing her friend and on-screen husband Steve Tracy to the disease. She volunteers for the Los Angeles-based "Aids Project."

Alison Arngrim at the Young Show "Im Labyrinth der Buecher" at Friedrichstadtpalast on November 17, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. | Photo: Getty Images

Alison Arngrim at the Young Show "Im Labyrinth der Buecher" at Friedrichstadtpalast on November 17, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. | Photo: Getty Images

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The actress has been recognized for her hard work and dedication to combating the disease and was credited in 2017's "Livin' On a Prairie."

In 2010, Arngrim authored the book, "Confessions of a Prairie [expletive]: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated," in which she revealed details of her experience as a victim of child abuse but skillfully combined it with humor.

Alison Arngrim at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Alison Arngrim at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Arngrim is the President of the National Association to Protect Children. The association dedicates itself to protecting children from harm, with the actress leading that charge through notable actions.

The "Little House on the Prairie" actress has been married twice in her lifetime. She was married to Donald Spencer from 1989 to 1993. After their separation, she tied the knot with Robert Paul Schoonover, who she has remained with ever since.

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