‘Little House on the Prairie’: Meet Melissa Sue Anderson’s Two Children

by Emily Morgan
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Fans remember Melissa Sue Anderson for her portrayal as Mary Ingalls on the beloved series “Little House on the Prairie.” In the decades since her run on television, she’s gone on to become a proud mother of two.

Meet Melissa Sue Anderson’s Daughter: Piper Sloan

The Canadian actress and her husband, Michael Sloan, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Piper, in 1991. While she may not have followed in her mom’s footsteps, she’s gone on to be quite successful in academia. She graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Studies and later obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Communication with a specialization in Public and Cultural Diplomacy.

Moreover, she also speaks four languages: English, Spanish, Italian, and French. She also has a devotion to public service and helping those in need. She’s worked with the French Embassy in Washington D.C. and a Spanish publishing company. She also worked for the Save the Children Foundation and the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She now acts as a program specialist at the American Society of Hematology. In 2016, she married her husband, Jeb Harmon. 

Meet Melissa Sue Anderson’s Son: Griffin Sloan

The couple’s second child, Griffin, was born in 1996 and is now 25-years-old. In 2017, Griffin graduated from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree at the prestigious Cardozo School of Law. Since January 2021, he has acted as a law clerk. 

Anderson’s Life Before ‘Little House’

After she and her family moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, she began her career in entertainment. As a girl, Anderson’s first passion was dance. Her dance instructor encouraged her parents to get her into show business after she saw her potential.

Shortly after finding an agent, it didn’t take long for the young hopeful to make her debut on television. Straightaway, she started her career working in commercials for companies like Sears and Mattel. Later, she landed roles on series like “Bewitched,” “The Brady Bunch,” before finding her home on “Little House on the Praire.”

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