‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Poses with Iconic Stars of Yesteryear Howard Cosell and Lee Majors in Throwback Snap

by Joe Rutland
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We’re taking a trip back in time with “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert. What’s she doing with Howard Cosell and Lee Majors?

Talk about a 1970s flashback, Outsiders. Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on the classic NBC family drama, is shown sitting below Majors with Cosell. All three of them appear to be on a picnic bench.

While this isn’t confirmed in the photo, a little recon mission on the Internet revealed that all three were on a sports show. Outsiders who have deep memories might recall “Battle of the Network Stars.” Check out that show information to find out who represented NBC, ABC, and CBS.

‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Repped NBC On Sports Show

This episode, which aired on Nov. 20, 1981, had Cosell and Majors in hosting roles. Gilbert of “Little House on the Prairie” joined other stars from NBC shows to participate.

“Little House on the Prairie” was a hit for NBC at this time. Majors was just starting to play Colt Seavers on “The Fall Guy.” Cosell? Your granddaddy might have been one of those who threw beers at the TV screen because of him. Cosell was an ABC sportscaster who had a role on “Monday Night Football.”

Take a look at this definite “Throwback Thursday” photo Gilbert shared on Instagram.

Howard Cosell, with his inflective New York accent, was always involved as a host of this show. Another reason for sports fans to trash their TV sets. Some did while others might have taken the easier, softer way. Like, getting up from the La-Z-Boy and changing the channel.

Gilbert would go on and finish a nine-season run on “Little House on the Prairie” in 1983.

Will Melissa Gilbert Act In Another Show For Her Career?

Outsiders who love TV probably have been used to seeing Melissa Gilbert in one show or another.

Yes, she played on “Little House on the Prairie” and that role is iconic.

Yet it’s been a bit since she has graced TV screens. So will she do something again as an actress?

Gilbert has done other TV work on different shows since leaving that NBC role. Her last acting credit was in 2019 for “When Last We Spoke” according to her IMDb profile.

Gilbert appeared with “The Facts of Life” star Mindy Cohn on her podcast, Mondays with Mindy

“I know you write and produce and direct and all that,” Cohn said. “But I’m just speaking actress to actress. Do you see yourself picking that back up?”

Gilbert looked surprised then asked, “What? Acting?” Cohn confirmed that was her question. Gilbert replied, “Never stopped.”

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