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Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert
Birth name Melissa Ellen Gilbert
Born May 8, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Sometimes credited as Melissa Gilbert-Brinkman
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Melissa Gilbert was born in 1964 and adopted by Paul and Barbra Gilbert. In 1974, Melissa started starring in Little House on the Prairie. The following year Paul Gilbert died. Her mother married Harold Abeles and they had a daughter together, the future actress Sara Gilbert.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder 1974–1983 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Stand By Your Man Rochelle Dunphy 1992 1
Sweet Justice Kate Delacroy 1994–1995 1

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Batman: The Animated Series Barbara Gordon / Batgirl 1992–1989 1 3

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Gunsmoke Spratt's Child 18x04 - The Judgment October 2, 1972
The Love Boat Rocky Simpson 2x03 - Rocky / Julie's Dilemma / Who's Who? September 23, 1978
Babylon 5 Anna Sheridan 3x21 - Shadow Dancing October 24, 1996
Babylon 5 Anna Sheridan 3x22 - Z'ha'dum October 31, 1996
The Outer Limits Teresa Janovitch 4x06 - Relativity Theory February 27, 1998
Touched by an Angel Michelle Tanner 5x10 - The Peacemaker November 22, 1998
The Outer Limits Teresa Janovitch (excerpt from "Relativity Theory") 6x22 - Final Appeal (2) September 3, 2000
Providence Lorna Berlin 4x21 - Smoke and Mirrors May 3, 2002
Presidio Med Grace Bennett 1x07 - Once Upon a Family October 30, 2002
7th Heaven Marie Wagner 9x18 - Honor Thy Mother April 25, 2005

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Miracle Worker Helen Keller October 14, 1979 NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank November 17, 1980 NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Splendor in the Grass Deanie Loomis October 26, 1981 NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Choices of the Heart Jean Donovan December 5, 1983 NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Look Back to Yesterday Laura Ingalls Wilder December 12, 1983 Little House on the Prairie
The Last Farewell Laura Ingalls Wilder February 6, 1984 Little House on the Prairie
Family Secrets Sara Calloway May 13, 1984 NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
Bless All the Dear Children Laura Ingalls Wilder December 17, 1984 Little House on the Prairie

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares July 3-7, 1978
Hollywood Squares February 28-March 3, 2000
Hollywood Squares July 10-14, 2000

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special (1980)
The Miracle Worker


  • Is the adoptive half-sister of Sara Gilbert
  • Was married to Bo Brinkman from 1988 to 1994; has a son, Dakota (born in 1989) with him
  • Was married to Bruce Boxleitner from 1995 to 2011; has a son, Michael (born in 1995) with him
  • Married to Timothy Busfield since 2013
  • Has a production company called Half-Pint Productions
  • Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Was president of the Screen Actors Guild
  • Dated Rob Lowe
  • Michael Landon Jr. (the son of Michael Landon) took Melissa to her senior prom in 1981