Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert took to her Instagram page on Monday to gush about her new granddaughter, Ripley.
“My feed is going to get boring if you’re not into babies. I’m a very proud Nana!! Can’t wait to squeeze this little one,” Melissa shared on the social media platform with adorable pictures of Ripley.
Some of Gilbert’s fans also shared their excitement by commenting, “So adorable. Congratulations. Can’t wait to see pictures of you with your beautiful granddaughter.” and “G’babies are the bestest!!”
The birth of Ripley comes just hours before Gilbert announced the passing of her beloved dog, Josephine. She shared, “My heart breaks to tell you that just two hours after the birth of our granddaughter Ripley, our sweet Josephine passed away. It was as peaceful as it was sudden. She simply stopped. We are sure she was making room and making it easier for us to travel and see our kids and grandkids.”
Melissa Gilbert’s Rise to Fame and Prairie Advice
Born in May 1964, Melissa was just nine years old when she auditioned for the American Western historical drama series, which ran from September 1974 to March 1983. Gilbert played Laura Ingalls Wilder, the second oldest daughter of Charles Ingalls, for Seasons 1-9, as well as three post-series films.
The show’s synopsis reads: “Little House on the Prairie” follows the lives of the simple, farming Ingalls family: Charles, Caroline, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and then Grace and the later adopted Albert, James, and Cassandra. The family settles into a quaint little house on the banks of Plum Creek near the small town of Walnut Grove during the late 1800s.”
Melissa Gilbert also discusses the importance of the show’s values that are needed in today’s society. She reveals, “I think ‘Little House on the Prairie’ was a representation of everything that we as human beings aspire to be, and live up to and have in our lives.”
Gilbert also advises fans to embrace the “simpler life” that could be beneficial no matter “where the world” goes. “A sense of family, a sense of camaraderie, a sense of community, a sense of faith. A sense of commonality, of purpose. And overcoming adversity. Because no matter what time we’re existing in, no matter where technology is going or where the world is headed, we still need each other. We still need that human touch. We still rely on one another as people.”
Life After “Little House on the Prairie”
Melissa Gilbert also served as the President of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005. She released her autobiography Prairie Tale: A Memoir. In 2019, Melissa wrote a short story for children in 2014, called Daisy and Josephine as well as My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours.
In 2016, Gilbert ran for U.S. Congress as a Democrat in Michigan’s 8th congressional district. Melissa won the Democratic primary but later dropped out due to head and neck injuries from a 2012 accident.