‘Little House on the Prairie’: Carrie Actress Sidney Greenbush Described Switching Out for Scenes with Twin Lindsay

by Emily Morgan
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It must be a surreal feeling of being a child actor on one of the world’s most beloved family shows. Twins Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush had the experience of being on “Little House on the Prairie” together.

During an interview, Sidney Greenbush opened about what it was like working on the show alongside her twin sister.  “When we were younger, we would both work each day and it just depended on which one wasn’t napping, cranky, or would take instruction, said Greenbush. “Later, we traded off days, but I don’t remember there being a set schedule until “The Godsister” was being filmed. There were other factors that governed our working. Like I broke my left arm three times and could not work with a cast on it.”

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From 1974 to 1984, twins Sidney and Lindsay shared the role of” Carrie” on the iconic family series. The twins came from a show business family. Their father, Billy Greenbush, was an actor, and their mother, Carole Kay Bush, was a model. Their father starred in films such as” Five Easy Pieces” and made a cameo in “M*A*S*H.” He also made appearances in other television westerns such as “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”

In 1973, the twins got their start in Hollywood when they shared their role as Jayden in the made-for-tv-movie, Sunshine.  When “Little House on the Prairie” star Michael Landon began casting for the series, the director of Sunshine couldn’t recommend the twins enough.

 After the first casting call, the twins booked the part, and in doing so, their life was forever changed. In 1978, the twins made an appearance together during the episode, “The Godsister.” When Carrie finds an imaginary friend called Alyssa, the crew got creative and decided to use the twins for the episode. “My favorite episode was “The Godsister” because we finally got a chance to prove to Michael that we were every bit as good and talented as anyone else on the show,” Sidney said.