‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Shows Why Her Partner Should Win Husband of the Year

by Maria Hartfield

Melissa Gilbert knows how lucky she is to have a dedicated partner such as Timothy Busfield. The actress is currently based in Chicago appearing in a play.

In an interview with Page Six, the Little House on the Prairie actress revealed Busfield traveled from New York to Chicago to drop off winter clothes for her.

“It speaks volumes about who he is,” she swooned.

The couple shares an equal admiration for each other. Busfield, an American actor, and director jokes that Gilbert was “gullible” for marrying him.

“She chose me,” he beamed. “What an idiot! Talk about gullible.”

Melissa Gilbert married Timothy Busfield in April 2013 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The two were smitten with each other then and seem to be even more in love now.

She expressed her joy at marrying Busfield in a post on Instagram.

“I am lucky to walk through life with a true partner. The depth of understanding, compassion, and kindness of this man blows my mind. And oh how we laugh! How blessed I am. How grateful,” she said.

Melissa Gilbert Was Adopted

Gilbert and her husband traveled to Texas to visit Gilbert’s first biological grandchild over the summer.

“It’s interesting to see her and [to] see if that genetic connection is there,” said Gilbert, who was adopted as a baby. “Because you know, that’s not normal for me. So that’s been fun and she’s just so happy and sweet.”

The Little House on the Prairie star mentioned she noticed a “huge uptick on social media [during the pandemic] [of] people talking about Little House and there were a lot of people who started watching it.”

After the Black Lives Matter marches last year, viewers discovered actor Todd Bridges appears in an episode of Little House titled “Different Strokes”.

“We were a very sweet show,” she admitted, “but we never shied away from anything. Michael Landon was a very socially conscious person. He had zero tolerance for intolerance.”

Melisssa Hopes Her Current Work will Heal Other

Melissa Gilbert is currently in Chicago playing a therapist in the play When Harry Met Rehab. The storyline of the play is loosely based on Chicago’s well-known stand-up comic Harry Teinowitz.

Gilbert is no stranger to alcoholism. In fact, she wrote about her issues with the substance in her memoir, Prairie Tale: A Memoir.

She hopes the play When Harry Met Rehab will help people heal after dealing with the current pandemic.

“We’ve all been suffering in some way, and I think we need to learn to come together again,” she said. “We need to learn how to go to the theater again, too. We need to relearn how to be around other people, how to care for other people and remember that fellowship, compassion, and understanding are the most important things.

“It’s a time for us to heal collectively. So that’s kind of the overarching message here.”