Melissa Sue Anderson Recently Turned 61 – Hold Your Heart Before You See Her Now

Do you ever find yourself reminiscing about a beloved old show and pondering the current whereabouts of its actors long after the series has concluded? If you were an avid viewer of "Little House on the Prairie," eagerly following the adventures of the family on their farm in Plum Creek near Walnut Grove, Minnesota, you might be curious about what the cast members are up to these days.

Fans cherished Melissa Sue Anderson for her portrayal of Mary Ingalls, captivated by her beauty and talent. Many hoped she would remain a familiar presence on their screens, but she had different aspirations in mind.

Today, she discusses her longing to move to Canada and bid farewell to Hollywood.

In 2007, Anderson made the choice to step away from show business after her family became Canadian citizens. Her primary motivation was to dedicate more time to her children and ensure they didn't feel pressured to follow in her footsteps in the entertainment industry.

Melissa Sue Anderson, the captivating actress behind Mary Ingalls, won the hearts of fans who hoped she would remain a fixture on their television screens. However, she had different plans in mind.

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Starting with supporting roles in her early acting journey, this actress made her breakthrough in the entertainment industry by portraying a pivotal character on "Little House on the Prairie." Her fans recognized her talent and believed she rightfully earned the numerous nominations for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series due to her exceptional performance.

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In 2010, Anderson discussed her experience filming the drama that propelled her to stardom with Pop Entertainment. She reflected, "I'm fortunate that there was even a character to portray because in the book, there wasn't much of one." Laura Ingalls, the author of the Little House novels upon which the television show was based, wrote them when she was much older, reminiscing about her own memories. The narrative focused more on Laura's experiences, with lesser emphasis on the personalities of Ma and Mary. Despite Mary's limited presence, the series prominently featured Laura, Pa, Jack the dog, and Mr. Edwards. Anderson expressed gratitude for the opportunity to showcase her acting abilities in such a beloved series.


After her role as Mary Ingalls, she pursued various small roles before tying the knot with television producer Michael Sloan in 1990. The family, including their two children, Griffin and Piper, relocated to Montreal in 2002.

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Piper, Melissa Anderson’s daughter, on Twitter

Anderson mentioned in an interview with E-Talk, "I really stepped away for a long time," primarily for the sake of her children. She wanted them to develop their own sense of identity rather than constantly being in her shadow.

Anderson didn't completely abandon acting; in recent years, she has pursued a few modest roles. Her time as a cast member on television shows like "Little House on the Prairie" inspired her to write a memoir titled "The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House."

On June 21, 2022, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Melissa Sue Anderson is present at the closing ceremony of the 61st Monte Carlo TV Festival. (Image via Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain.)

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