Here’s What ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Sue Anderson Is Doing Now

<p><a href=””>Mary Ingalls actor Melissa Sue Anderson</a> grew up in the spotlight on <a href=””><em>Little House on the Prairie</em></a>. She was on the wildly popular show for seven seasons and made guest appearances in the eight. But what is she doing today, all these years later? </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-large”><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”4905″ height=”3270″ src=”″ alt=”Melissa Sue Anderson looks at the camera all dressed in blue.” class=”wp-image-3489394″ srcset=” 4905w, 150w, 640w, 768w, 1024w, 1536w, 2048w, 1200w, 90w” sizes=”(max-width: 4905px) 100vw, 4905px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Melissa Sue Anderson | Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<h2><strong>Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls on ‘Little House on the Prairie’</strong></h2>

<p>Anderson got the role of Mary Ingalls when she was just 11 years old. But before that, she was no stranger to acting. She’d been in various commercials and had scored roles in shows like <em>Bewitched </em>and <em>The Brady Bunch</em>.</p>

<p>In <em>Little House on the Prairie</em>, she played the character of Mary, <a href=””>Laura’s older sister</a>. In the books, Mary didn’t have much of a presence. But the TV show gave the character of Mary some more meat, which Anderson is thankful for.  </p>

<p>“I’m lucky that there even was a character to play because, in the book, there isn’t much of one,” she told <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Pop Entertainment</a>. “Laura [Ingalls] was a quite older woman when she wrote the books. She was remembering the best of her life. The characters of Ma and Mary didn’t factor in a lot. There was a lot of Laura and Pa and Laura and Jack the dog and Laura and Mr. Edwards, but there wasn’t a lot of Mary. I’m fortunate that they discovered that I could act.”</p>

<p>Mary was no easy role, either. In the fourth season, in the “I’ll Be Waving as You Drive Away” episodes, Mary begins to lose her sight due to scarlet fever. Anderson went on to portray the character as blind. Mary eventually becomes a teacher and marries another blind teacher played by Linwood Boomer. </p>

<p>Anderson was even nominated for an <a href=””>Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress</a> in a Drama Series for her role. </p>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay or Sydney Greenbush, Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert from the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” (1974) ? <a href=”″></a></p>— Groovy History (@GroovyHistory) <a href=””>March 9, 2022</a></blockquote><script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<h2><strong>Melissa Sue Anderson took a break from acting</strong></h2>

<p>As an adult, Andersons put a pause on acting for several years. </p>

<p>“I really stepped away (from acting) for a long time,” she told <a href=”″>E-Talk</a>.”I was completely retired for five, six, seven years, and then I’ve done little tiny things since but that was really for the kids so they would have their own sense of who they were as opposed to being with me.”</p>

<p>To help with taking the focus off of her acting career, Anderson and her husband TV producer Michael Sloan decided to move to Canada with their children, Piper and Griffin. </p>

<p>“The whole family is Canadian now, and my husband and I had to take the test, and we studied and studied and studied.” She said. </p>

<h2 id=”h-what-melissa-sue-anderson-is-up-to-now”><strong>What Melissa Sue Anderson is up to now</strong></h2>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>On set of THE BRITS ARE COMING starring Uma Thurman and Tim Roth. <a href=””></a></p>— Melissa Anderson (@MelissAnderson) <a href=””>August 7, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

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<p>In 2010, <a href=””>Anderson wrote a book</a> about her time on <em>Little House on the Prairie </em>called <em>The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House</em>. She’s also done some acting since the show in such series and films as <em>The Love Boat</em>, <em>Fantasy Island, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, </em>and<em> Alfred Hitchcock Presents. </em> </p>

<p>According to <a href=””>IMDb</a>, she hasn’t acted in anything since 2018, when she was on <em>The Con is On </em>as herself. Before that, she was in <em>Veronica Mars </em>in 2014.</p>

<p>On <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Twitter</a>, her posts are mostly political, bringing attention to issues and causes she’s passionate about. Her bio reads: “Actress, author, mom, avid moviegoer, tennis-enthusiast and fitness-lover.”</p>

<p>These days, she seems to be enjoying her life with her family in Canada.</p>

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