Melissa Gilbert left Los Angeles for a simple cottage life in the Catskills

It’s truly incredible to witness child actors grow up before our very eyes. We cheer them on as they become stars, feeling as if their successes are our own. One such remarkable talent is Melissa Gilbert, who played the beloved character Laura Ingalls in the iconic TV show Little House on the Prairie.

Born on May 8, 1964, in Los Angeles, California, Melissa was given up for adoption by her birth parents, who already had three children from previous marriages at the time.

Luckily, she found a loving home with her adoptive parents, actor Paul Gilbert and actress/dancer Barbara Crane. It was with them that Melissa developed a passion for the entertainment industry.


Before landing her role in Little House on the Prairie, Melissa appeared in commercials and had minor roles in films like The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker. While working on the show, she also continued to act in other projects.

In recent years, she took on roles in the short film One Smart Fellow, as well as Secret and Lies and The Night Shift. Melissa is also a talented writer and has shared her experiences in the entertainment industry in her autobiography, Prairie Tale: A Memoir.

Reflecting on her time filming Little House on the Prairie, Melissa fondly remembers the fun she had with the rest of the cast and crew. The role of a girl living on a farm seemed exciting back then, and she developed an affinity for that way of life.

In fact, Melissa and her husband, actor-director Timothy Busfield, made the decision to leave Michigan and settle into a new home in New York. They even purchased a hunting cabin and considered raising chickens and building a barn for goats and horses. Sadly, the pandemic disrupted their plans, but they continue to embrace their love for rural living.


Today, Melissa and her husband enjoy their picture-perfect days in their cozy cabin in the Catskills. The place required extensive renovations, but they faced the challenges head-on, determined to transform it into a comfortable home. They started by clearing out what the previous owners had left behind, and then tackled issues like rodent infestation and mildew. They refurbished the cabinets, added red vinyl chairs, and now keep the house warm with a wood fire.

Living in the Catskills, Melissa and Timothy have taken on the rewarding task of growing their own fruits and vegetables. Melissa finds solace in the peacefulness of her home and takes on each responsibility with a smile. At the end of each day, she enjoys a cup of tea, basking in the sense of accomplishment that comes from living simply and in harmony with nature.

Whether it’s her memorable performances as Laura Ingalls or her fulfilling life in the Catskills, Melissa Gilbert continues to inspire and captivate audiences.

Her journey from Hollywood to a simple cottage life is a testament to the joys and rewards of embracing the tranquility and natural beauty that surround us. Let’s share her inspiring story with our friends and family on Facebook!

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