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Melissa Gilbert: It Shows You How Far My Life Has Evolved

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Most Hollywood stars come to Southern California after growing up somewhere else.  Melissa Gilbert, whose new childrens book is called "Daisy and Josephine," did it the other way around.  The former child star grew up here, and then moved somewhere else.

"I live in a small town in Michigan. I think the population is about 9,000. It's very rural. I live downtown in a restored Victorian house that was built in 1890. We moved in August and it has been amazing."

The atmosphere in her town is much different than it is in Hollywood.  "Totally different. Here's one of the things I noticed almost right away. When you walk into a restaurant everybody doesn't turn around to see who just came in. That's an amazing difference. For the first few weeks it was a bit like living in an exhibition in "Jurassic Park" because they had never seen anything like us here. People would drive by really slow looking at the house. It felt like were the T-Rexes. It's kind of evened out now."

So why did she and her husband, Timothy Busfield move there?  "It's a bit like "Green Acres" without the farm and glamour. Our objective was to come to Michigan and create a film and television and theater industry here as well. The state needs it. They have a great tax-incentive package for films and television. There's an amazing talent pool here. We just bought our own camera and we're going to start shooting stuff and create our own stuff. We're shooting a short film with my son Michael in February. A Michigan-based story that Tim's writing and directing that we're starring in."

Melissa joins Steve Edwards and Araksya Karapetyan on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Melissa Gilbert: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American actress and television director. Gilbert began her career as a child actress in the late 1960s appearing in numerous commercials and guest starring roles on television. From 1974 to 1984, she starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. During the run of Little House, Gilbert appeared in several popular television films, including The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker.

2) As an adult, she continued her career mainly in television films. Gilbert has also continued with guest starring roles on television and has done voice work for animated series such as Batman: The Animated Series. Gilbert served as the President of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005. In 2009, her autobiography Prairie Tale: A Memoir, was released. From 2009 to 2010, Gilbert appeared as Caroline "Ma" Ingalls in the touring production of Little House on the Prairie, the Musical. In 2012, she was a contestant on the season fourteen of the popular reality dance competition show Dancing with the Stars on ABC.

3) Gilbert had already done dozens of commercials, including one for Alpo dog food with Lorne Greene (Michael Landon's television father on Bonanza) and attended school with Landon's daughter, Leslie Landon. It was Leslie who informed her that she had won the role of Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, beating out over 500 child actresses for the part. The pilot was shot in 1973 and was a ratings success. Almost a year later Gilbert began filming the series. Gilbert became extremely close to the Landon family after her adoptive father died. But a rift developed between Michael Landon and Gilbert after the revelation of Landon's affair with Little House's young makeup artist, Cindy Clerico.

Actress Melissa Gilbert will signing Daisy & Josephine at the following locations:

  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 4:00PM on Friday, January 24
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  • Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Once Upon A Time Bookstore at 7:00PM on Saturday, January 25
  • 2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose Shopping Park
  • Montrose, CA 91020
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