While she may have been the sweet Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie” growing up, Melissa Gilbert has since expanded her career.
In addition to a number of roles as an actress from childhood to adulthood, Gilbert has expanded beyond acting. She is also a director, a producer, the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, as well as a politician for a limited period of time.
She only has two directing credits under her belt, including “Child Stars: Their Story,” which is a TV documentary, and “ABC Afterschool Specials.”
Melissa Gilbert and Husband Connection to ‘Chicago Med’
Meanwhile, she also happens to be married to Timothy Busfield since 2013. He is an actor himself known for roles in “thirtysomething,” “Field of Dreams,” and “The West Wing.”
He has had a bustling career as a stage actor and director. Busfield has also served as a TV director as well. In fact, he has 59 different director credits and several of these are very familiar primetime TV programs. One of which is the “Chicago Med” episode called “A Square Peg in a Round Hole.”
The “Little House on the Prairie” star was with her husband when he was directing the episode earlier this year. It’s actually right as she got the offer to appear in her current play, “When Harry Met Rehab.”
“So we were here, and then instead of driving back to our place in New York we took a road trip down to Texas to see the new grandbaby, and I got the call while I was there asking if would like to be part of this production,” Gilbert said to the Chicago Tribune.
Some of Busfield’s other directing work includes “FBI,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Designated Survivor,” “Nashville,” “This Is Us,” and “The Rookie.”
Memory from ‘Little House on the Prairie’
Melissa Gilbert spent a large chunk of her 55 years in the entertainment industry with “Little House on the Prairie.”
While she states in interviews how much of an honor it was to play Laura, one moment still sticks out as being less-than-pleasant. She told the news outlet that she was filming in Tucson, Arizona at the time at an amusement park.
During a break filming “Little House on the Prairie,” Gilbert and other kids went to get a root beer float. Besides fellow child actors, the show had plenty of cowboys that would chew tobacco and spit in a cup.
“I set my root beer float down on a counter next to a bunch of other stuff and I rehearse my scene. And then I come back and I pick up my root beer float and take a giant sip. It wasn’t root beer float. It was one of the guy’s spit cups,” Gilbert said to the Chicago Tribune.