Melissa Gilbert Says ‘Much of My Life’ Seems Like a Dream in Throwback Pic with ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Costar Ray Bolger

by Megan Molseed

Melissa Gilbert paid tribute to one incredibly iconic actor when she posted a belated “tbt” on Friday afternoon. The post featured a touching memory of herself while on the set of Little House on the Prairie with “the scarecrow of Oz himself,” Ray Bolger.

The touching post includes a photo of the Little House on The Prairie star laughing with Ray Bolger as the iconic Hollywood player hams it up for the camera as only he knows how.

“I missed #tbt yesterday so here’s a belated one,” Melissa Gilbert wrote on the touching Instagram post that you can see here.

“Me and the scarecrow of Oz himself,” the actress wrote.

“My pal Ray Bolger,” continued Melissa Gilbert in the Insta post. “I honestly cannot even begin to express what a thrill it was to work with him.”

Melissa Gilbert went on to remember fondly her time on the Little House set with Bolger.

“He was wonderfully kind to me,” she said. “I’m telling you, much of my life really does seem like a dream.”

Bolger’s Time With Melissa Gilbert on ‘Little House’

In the fifth season of Little House on the Prairie, Ray Bolger joined the cast of the popular series.

It was here that the iconic actor got to know the young Melissa Gilbert who played the famous Laura Ingalls on the popular Little House on the Prairie television series.

On the wildly popular television series, which is based on the memoirs of Laura Ingalls Wilder published under the same name, Bolger played Toby Noe.

Ray Bolger made two guest appearances on the television show, one in There’s No Place Like Home (part one), and the other in Dance With Me.

Ray Bolger’s character, Toby Noe is a man who won the lottery, becoming quite wealthy. However, he soon found himself in poverty once again after gambling his winnings away. He eventually runs into the Ingalls family when he returns to Walnut Grove.

The Most Iconic Scarecrow

Ray Bolger is known across the generations as the endearingly goofy and clumsy scarecrow pal of Dorothy on The Wizard of Oz. He joined the young Dorothy, her dog Toto, the tinman, the lion, and a menagerie of pals on a journey to ask the Wizard of Oz for a brain. Each was on a mission: Dorothy to return home to Kansas, the lion to find courage, and the tinman to gain a heart.

The iconic actor found fame on MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, as well as in a variety of films; such as Disney’s popular 1961 movie, Babes In Toyland.

During his successful Hollywood career, Bolger made frequent guest appearances in a variety of shows over the years.

Ray Bolger portrayed Shirley Partridge’s father on The Partridge Family. He also guest-starred in The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Diff’rent Strokes.