Famous actress, Melissa Gilbert's career has spanned several decades and has featured both high and low moments, with the most famous of them being her split from ex-husband Bruce Boxleitner.
Being a celebrity means you get to enjoy the spotlight in ways the average person would only dream of, and sometimes this can mean even personal details are brought to public notice.
Actress Melissa Gilbert is undoubtedly a fan favorite, but her time in the limelight has been both sweet and sour for the "Little House on the Prairie" actress, especially when her emotional affair was made public.
WHO IS MELISSA GILBERT?
Gilbert rose to fame when she played Laura Ingalls in the famous 70s sitcom "Little House on the Prairie," and afterward, she starred in several other child roles, and as she grew, she picked up more grown-up roles.
The 54-year-old grew up around the entertainment business and was born on May 8, 1964. Being the adopted daughter of actor Paul Gilbert and actress Barbara Crane, Gilbert grew up with an eye for the stage.
Her biological parents put her up for adoption after fearing they might not be able to fend for her and her three siblings. Two of her siblings ended up as actors, following in her footsteps.
Over 500 kids were said to have auditioned for the role of Laura Ingalls, and luckily, Gilbert was chosen for the role and went on to become the youngest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985.
Following the end of the show, Gilbert got roles in other works like "The Miracle Worker," "The Diary of Anne Frank," and "Splendor in the Grass" in 1981. Later on, she embraced adult roles in movies like "Choices" and "A Family of Strangers."
Gilbert had some well-publicized relationships with top stars like Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe. Her relationship with Lowe was her first long-term relationship and even resulted in an engagement that was called off after she became pregnant.
After the relationship ended, Gilbert tied the knot with actor and producer Bo Brinkman in 1988, and they shared their son Dakota Paul. However, after learning of his infidelity with actress Shannen Doherty, the actress filed for divorce.
After their divorce, Gilbert went on to marry actor Bruce Boxleitner in 1995, and they had one son, Michael Garrett, who she named after her late mentor and friend, actor Michael Landon. She also helped her new husband raise his two kids Sam and Lee.
A few years into their marriage, Gilbert and Boxleitner began to grow distant, and the actor discovered she had grown unhealthily close to a friend. The discovery almost brought their marriage to a halt.
In 1997, Gilbert played a role in the TV movie "Seduction in a Small Town," and when she left for the movie, she and her husband Boxleitner were not on the best of terms.
Gilbert opened up on the situation in her 2009 book "Prairie Tale," noting that she felt full of resentment at every one since she failed to open up on how she truly felt.
While on the set of her movie, Gilbert noted that she got close to a character in the movie, and their closeness was fueled by alcohol. She ended up pouring out her heart to the cast member, which she admitted was wrong of her.
Gilbert noted that she and the leading character went on to have an emotional affair which she said was as dangerous as sexual intimacy. It took a few months until Boxleitner found out about the situation.
According to Gilbert, the actor called her one day screaming on the phone, explaining that he trusted her and she broke his trust. The moment was emotional for both stars, and Gilbert asked him to explain what had happened.
He explained that there was a tape of Gilbert talking to her friends, and someone had left the tape in the couple's mailbox, and in the tape, Gilbert complained of her marriage and compared it to her onset fling.
Gilbert reportedly went down on her knees, apologizing to the hurt actor, confessing that she had no physical relationship with her cast member but was simply emotionally attached.
She told her ex-husband that the cold state of things between them triggered her to seek comfort elsewhere, and after a while, the couple decided to seek help in making their marriage work.
GOING THEIR SEPARATE WAYS
After 16 years together, Gilbert filed for a divorce five months after they announced their separation. The actress cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split and asked for joint custody of their then-teenage son.
After her divorce was finalized, Gilbert gave love another shot, and in 2013 she tied the knot for the third time to actor Timothy Busfield who also had two failed marriages with kids.
The best part of Gilbert's life is being a mom to her kids from her marriages. Gilbert enjoys having a blended family and takes her role as a mom seriously. She is said to have a strong presence in her children's lives.
Gilbert gained three new stepchildren after her marriage to Busfield, and from the look of things, theirs is one happy family. The actress loves to give fans a glimpse of her unique home on social media.
Her son from her second marriage, Michael, shares a good relationship with her and loves to flaunt her on social media. He once shared a sweet post where he thanked the actress for being supportive and loving.
Aside from being an actress, Gilbert has also tried herself in politics and once announced her Congressional run in Michigan's 8th district, which she withdrew from on health grounds. Still, above all, the former child actress remains committed to her family and loves being a sweet mom to her kids.