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Alison Arngrim AKA Nellie Oleson Looks Ageless with Windswept Hair in Very Rare Selfie

Junie Sihlangu
Jul 28, 2021
02:30 P.M.
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“Little House on the Prairie” star Alison Arngrim recently shared a rare image of herself looking quite ageless. Fans were thrilled to see a current image of the star who doesn’t post herself much.

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Over the weekend, Alison Arngrim took to her Instagram page to share a windswept selfie of herself. In the image, the former “Little House on the Prairie” actress had her eyes partially closed and her mouth wide open.

In the caption, she explained how it had been quite windy in DeSmet, South Dakota. She said she and fellow actor Dean Butler had a great time entertaining people at a festival in the town.

Alison Arngrim and Robert Paul Schoonover at the Young Show "Im Labyrinth der Buecher" on November 17, 2019, in Berlin, Germany | Photo: Tristar Media/Getty Images

Alison Arngrim and Robert Paul Schoonover at the Young Show "Im Labyrinth der Buecher" on November 17, 2019, in Berlin, Germany | Photo: Tristar Media/Getty Images

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The image she shared was a rare opportunity for fans to see what she looked like currently as she wasn’t someone who posted much about herself on social media platforms. Arngrim looked quite ageless in the image.

The star who played Nellie Oleson on the fan-favorite series received lots of praise for her post. One person commented below the photo noting how the actress looked “beautiful” and gorgeous.”

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A second person thought the star looked ageless, while another social media user felt the actress looked good. Someone else simply sent their love to Arngrim, while another wrote:

“Wonderful dahling!!”

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The actress became famous for her role in “Little House on the Prairie” from the age of 12. In a 2018 “NBC News” piece, Arngrim opened up about her experience being in show business.

She noted how people generally expect fans to love them when they go into the industry, but that wasn’t her experience. The star recalled how everyone had hated her, with adults telling her that face to face.

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This came as a shock to the actress, who was only junior high at the time. She was even bullied by two girls because of the character she played in the series, and this made her realize how well she was playing her role.

Acting as Oleson taught her to ignore bullies and to focus on her friends. In a 2010 interview with “ABC News,” the actress revealed that she still received e-mails from "Prairie" fans.

A fan comments on Alison Arngrim’s rare post on Instagram on July 25, 2021 | Photo: Instagram/alisonarngrim

A fan comments on Alison Arngrim’s rare post on Instagram on July 25, 2021 | Photo: Instagram/alisonarngrim

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Arngrim said her fans confessed that the show had become their substitute family during their terrible childhoods. The original series had a seven-year run on television.

She confessed that her childhood had also been the same as her fans. The star made her confession in her book, "Confessions of a Prairie *expletive*: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated."

A fan comments on Alison Arngrim’s rare post on Instagram on July 25, 2021 | Photo: Instagram/alisonarngrim

A fan comments on Alison Arngrim’s rare post on Instagram on July 25, 2021 | Photo: Instagram/alisonarngrim

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The actress revealed that she’d been sexually abused as a child and how the role as Oleson helped her heal. The abuse caused her to become, but that changed when she got her role on the series.

She discovered that people found her intimidating, and the role empowered her. Arngrim also shared how her castmate, Michael Landon, was quite strict with work and expected everyone to know their lines.

Fans comment on Alison Arngrim’s rare post on Instagram on July 25, 2021 | Photo: Instagram/alisonarngrim

Fans comment on Alison Arngrim’s rare post on Instagram on July 25, 2021 | Photo: Instagram/alisonarngrim

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However, he wasn’t as angelic in real life as he seemed on the show. She recalled how he’d married and divorced several times, attended the Playboy Jazz Festival, smoked and drank, and had a wild sense of humor on set.

She [Alison Arngrim] had her own comedy routines and appeared on other shows like “The Love Boat.”

Arngrim and her fellow actress Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls, were actually best friends off-screen. The star’s other best friend on the set was Steve Tracy, who later played her on-screen husband, Percival Dalton.

Fans comment on Alison Arngrim’s rare post on Instagram on July 25, 2021 | Photo: Instagram/alisonarngrim

Fans comment on Alison Arngrim’s rare post on Instagram on July 25, 2021 | Photo: Instagram/alisonarngrim

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In the mid-1980s, Tracy contracted AIDS and went public with his diagnosis leading Arngrim to stand by him. She even started volunteering for AIDS Project Los Angeles and speaking about the disease.

Tracy sadly died in 1986, but the actress continued being an activist and met her husband, Robert Paul Schoonover, through the AIDS Project. She also got involved with the National Association to Protect Children.

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Her work as an AIDS activist earned her an honorary mention. Any work she does for the cause boosts her star power, which includes a 2017 credit in “Livin’ on a Prairie” and a rumored credit in “Twice Upon a Song.”

After leaving “Little House on the Prairie,” also Arngrim embraced her skills as an entertainer and became a comedian. She had her own comedy routines and appeared on other shows like “The Love Boat.”

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