Alison Arngrim

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Alison Arngrim
Birth name Alison Margaret Arngrim
Born January 18, 1962 in New York, New York, USA
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Supporting Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Little House on the Prairie Nellie Oleson 1974–1981 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Fantasy Island Lisa Blake 4x11 - Elizabeth's Baby / The Artist and the Lady January 17, 1981
The Love Boat Becky Daniels 4x28 - Tony and Julie / Separate Beds / America's Sweetheart May 16, 1981
Little House on the Prairie Nellie Oleson Dalton 9x08 - The Return of Nellie November 15, 1982

Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour October 31-November 4, 1983
The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour November 21-25, 1983
The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour January 2-6, 1984

Awards and Accolades

Young Artist Awards

(1 Nomination)


  • Her mother, Norma MacMillan was a voice actress and her father, Thor was a Hollywood manager
  • Her older brother, Stefan Arngrim was a child actor
  • Has been married to Robert Schoonover since 1993; is the stepmother of Schoonover's daughter
  • Was married to Donald Spencer from 1989 to 1993
  • Began her career as a child model and appeared in commercials
  • Would often faint on the set of Little House on the Prairie because the show was shot in the hills above Simi Valley, California where the temperature was routinely 100-plus degrees.
  • Her "Nellie Oleson curls" was a wig which were held on so tightly to her head, it caused her scalp to bleed
  • Is an activist for AIDS awareness and child abuse
  • Started her one-woman comedy show, "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" at Club Fez in New York in 2002, which has become a worldwide hit
  • Released her autobiography, "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated" in 2010