DWTS 14: Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert was America’s sweetheart when she played Laura Ingalls Wilder on the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” between 1974-1984.

Born in Los Angeles, Gilbert was the adopted child of actor Paul Gilbert and his dancer/actress wife Barbara Crane. The couple also adopted Jonathan Gilbert who would play Willie Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie.” Jonathan went on to earn a BA at Hamilton College and a MBA from Baruch College.

Paul Gilbert and Crane divorced with Crane remarrying Harold Abeles and having a daughter who became actor Sara Gilbert.

This could make things interesting. Is there a “Little House on the Prairie” reunion in the making? Melissa Gilbert keeps regular contact with the woman who played Laura Ingalls’ nemesis, Nellie Oleson–Alison Arngrim. Arngrim still gets into touch with her inner Nellie Oleson, with Nasty Nellie Tours.

What about some action from Sara Gilbert’s show, “The Talk.” Sara Gilbert, who starred in “Roseanne” as the smart middle child (1988-1997) and had a recurring role in the hit comedy series “The Big Bang Theory, is the co-host and executive producer of the talk show, “The Talk” on CBS.

Gilbert was the queen of the mini-series in the late 1970s.

Gilbert was married to a cousin of Randy and Dennis Quaid, Bo Brinkman (1988-1992), also an actor. They divorced in 1992. She then married Bruce Boxleitner (1995-2011).

How dance worthy is Melissa Gilbert? Gilbert had a spinal disc replaced and her lower spine fused in 2010.

Full name: Melissa Ellen Gilbert

Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Official website

Birthday: 8 May 1964

  • Age: 47
  • Taurus
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy


  • 800-868-3407
  • 800-VOTE4-07
  • Text-in Code: 3407

About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on March 20, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Melissa Gilbert, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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