"The Little House Legend"
Pro: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
We fell in love with her back when she was a little girl in a little house on TV. Then Melissa Gilbert grew up to continue her to amaze and entertain her fans in a variety of ways.
A native of Los Angeles, Melissa Gilbert comes from a long line of entertainers including her grandfather, Harry Crane, creator and writer of The Honeymooners and her father, respected comedian, actor, musician and dancer, Paul Gilbert.
At age two, Melissa made her on-air debut modeling baby clothes and appeared in more than 30 TV commercials over the next seven years. At age nine, she joined the cast of Little House on the Prairie, continuing with the popular series for 10 years. She has since starred in hundreds of TV movies, specials and series including the Emmy award-winning Movie of the Week The Miracle Worker.
In feature film, Melissa starred in Sylvester and did a cameo role playing herself in Griffin Dunne's film Lisa Picard is Famous. On stage, she made her off-Broadway debut in A Shayna Maidel and later starred in The Miracle Worker, The Glass Menagerie and Love Letters. She made her directorial debut with the ABC after school special Me and My Hormones and produced the A&E documentary Child Stars: Their Story.
Melissa's legacy came full circle when she starred as Ma in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical. In 2009, Melissa shared her personal story in her New York Times bestselling memoir, Prairie Tale.
Melissa served two terms as the 23rd President of Screen Actors Guild, two terms as Vice President on the AFL-CIO executive council, as Vice President for the California Labor Federation, as a commissioner on the California Film Commission and as chair of the 2005 SAG Theatrical/Television Negotiating Committee.
An avid philanthropist, Melissa is the President of the Board of Directors for the Children's Hospice and palliative Care Coalition and recently became the first-ever national spokesperson for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Melissa is a devoted mother to four sons. Bet they're all proud of their mom as she takes on her latest challenge on Dancing with the Stars!
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