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What Happened to the Actors of ‘Little House on the Prairie'? Here’s How Many Cast Members Remain

Titi Dokubo
May 12, 2022
11:15 A.M.
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The award-winning television show "Little House on the Prairie," from the famous adaptation of the Laura Ingalls Wilder's book series, was one of the most popular shows from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s.

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The show was a turning point in the careers of most of the cast members as it opened doors to various television and film roles. Some can't stop talking about their time on the show to date.

While some cast members have passed away, others are still alive and keep in touch. One such cast member is Melissa Gilbert, who played the role of Laura Ingalls.

AJ Calloway, Matthew Labyorteaux, Michael Landon Jr., Alison Arngrim, Karen Grassle, Melissa Sue Anderson, Dean Butler, and Lindsay Greenbush at their visit to "Extra" on April 30, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

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In a recent "Good Morning America" interview, the actress and author opened up about maintaining contact with other actors from the show while promoting her memoir, "Back to the Prairie: A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered."

She recalled some scenes from the set and revealed that they all communicate regularly through emails and social media and show up for each other's events. Here are details about the living cast from "Little House on the Prairie."

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"LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE" CAST MEMBERS WHO ARE STILL ALIVE TODAY

Gilbert is one of the most popular cast members who are still alive. During the show's live run, she became one of the most famous child actors in the world.

Also alive is Melissa Sue Anderson, who played the role of Mary Ingalls. At 15, she received an Emmy nomination for her role on the same day she graduated from high school.

Melissa Sue Anderson on the set of "Dark Mansions" circa 1986 | Source: Getty Images

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Karen Grassle played the role of Caroline Ingalls and was one of the most versatile actors on set. Her character was the glue that held the family together. Matthew Labyorteaux, who played young Charles Ingalls, is also alive.

Twin sisters Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush shared the role of Carrie Ingalls and were first seen on the show at the age of four. Alison Arngrim played the role of Nellie Olsen Dalton, and her character stood out among the cast.

Karen Grassle at The Cable Show on April 30, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

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"LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE" ACTORS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY

Michael Landon, who was a significant force on the show, played the role of Charles Ingalls. On July 1, 1991, the actor died at 54 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Victor French, who played Isaiah Edwards, also died at 54. The actor, whose character in the show was a troubled one, died of lung cancer on June 15, 1989.

Katherine MacGregor, who played the general store owner's wife Harriet Oleson, died in 2018 at 93. Richard Bull, who played the shopkeeper Nels Oleson, died in 2014 at 89.

Photo of Michael Landon circa 1990 | Source: Getty Images

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WHERE ARE THE INGALLS GIRLS NOW?

Grassle continued acting and has starred in movies including "Not to Forget," "Harry's War," "Tales of Everyday Magic," "Wyatt Earp," and more.

Anderson is known for acting in movies and series such as "Midnight Offerings, "10.5: Apocalypse," "Happy Birthday to Me," "Which Mother Is Mine?" and others.

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Lindsay appeared on an episode of "Matt Houston" while Sydney starred in "Hambone and Hillie" in 1983. They also starred in several commercials before retiring from acting to focus on their education.

Gilbert starred in "The Miracle Worker" and "The Diary of Anne Frank," among other movies and TV shows. In 2012, she joined the cast of celebrity contestants on season 14 of "Dancing with the Stars."

In 2016, the actress delved into politics when she announced that she was running for a seat in Michigan's 8th congressional district. She dropped out of the race due to health issues.

Wendi Turnbaugh and her twin sister, Brenda Turnbaugh, appeared later in the show as Grace Ingalls. After the show, they both appeared in one commercial before leaving Hollywood.

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