‘Little House on the Prairie’: Alison Arngrim Says Melissa Sue Anderson Called Her ‘Stupid’


Little House on the Prairie star Alison Arngrim (she played Nellie Oleson) starred on the show for seven seasons. The actor says she had a challenging experience with co-star Melissa Sue Anderson (she played Mary Ingalls). Here’s what she revealed about working with Anderson.

Alison Arngrim and Melissa Sue Anderson had a tense first meeting

Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Alison Arngrim | NBCU PhotoBank

Arngrim described the first time she met Anderson on the set of Little House on the Prairie in her book Confessions of a Prairie B****. They were getting ready in hair and makeup. According to her, Anderson wasn’t warm. Arngrim says there was a quality about her that seemed rehearsed, much like a “beauty pageant contestant.” Arngrim says when they first met, Anderson “narrowed” her eyes at her and gave her an “artificial” smile.


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