Karen Grassle

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Karen Grassle
Birth name Karen Trust Grassle
Born February 25, 1942 in Berkeley, California, USA
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Little House on the Prairie Caroline Ingalls 1974–1982 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Gunsmoke Fran 20x06 - The Wiving October 14, 1974
The Love Boat Paula 4x27 - Maid for Each Other / Lost and Found / Then There Were Two May 9, 1981
Hotel Susan Walker 1x11 - Christmas December 21, 1983
Murder, She Wrote Christine Stoneham 3x14 - Murder in a Minor Key February 8, 1987
Murder, She Wrote Faye Hewitt 4x13 - Harbinger of Death January 24, 1988

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Last Farewell Caroline Ingalls February 6, 1984 Little House on the Prairie

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares May 26-30, 1975
The Hollywood Squares July 21-25, 1975
The Hollywood Squares September 22-26, 1975
The Hollywood Squares March 28-April 1, 1977
The Hollywood Squares March 20-24, 1978
The Hollywood Squares April 10-14, 1978
The Hollywood Squares September 24-28, 1979
The Hollywood Squares May 19-23, 1980
The Weakest Link TV Moms Edition April 28, 2002


  • Is the oldest of two daughters
  • Her mother worked as a school teacher and her father was the owner & operator of a small realty business in Ventura, California
  • Graduated from Ventura High School in 1959
  • Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 with bachelor degrees in English and Dramatic Art
  • Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Was the co-founder and artistic director of Santa Fe's Resource Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Resides in Pacific Palisades, California with her adoptive daughter, Lily as of 2005