• Melissa Sue Anderson is best known for her role in the series “Little House on the Prairie” during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s
• She has appeared in various television shows and commercials, and won an Emmy Award for “Which Mother Is Mine?”
• She won a TP de Oro award and was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame
• She is married to television producer and writer Michael Sloan and has two children
• Has a net worth estimated to be over $1.5 million

Known for movies

Short Info

DiedOctober 20, 1928, De Smet, South Dakota, United States
SpouseMichael Sloan
MarkBright blue eyes
FactBecame a naturalized Canadian citizen in 2007.

Who is Melissa Sue Anderson?

Melissa Sue Anderson was born on 26 September 1962, in Berkeley, California, USA, and is an actress, probably still best known for finding popularity in the series “Little House on the Prairie” during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, in which she played Mary Ingalls.

Early Life and Entertainment Beginnings

Melissa Sue was born as the younger of two daughters – her family relocated from the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles, but when she was 13 her parents divorced, and she was mainly raised by her mother who was Roman Catholic. While taking up dance classes, her teacher urged her parents to try and find an agent for her, leading her to appear in several commercials, including for Mattel and Sears. Soon after that, she started getting offers for television roles, and was a guest in an episode of “Bewitched”, and also played the role of Millicent, a girl who kissed Bobby in the series “The Brady Bunch”. During the same year, she appeared in an episode of “Shaft”, which led to her role in “Little House on the Prairie”, the story revolving around a family living on a ranch during the 1870s to the 1880s, and on which she would work for the next eight years.

Other Acting Projects

While working on “Little House on the Prairie”, Michael Landon asked Anderson to appear in an autobiographical film entitled “The Loneliest Runner”, in which she played the first girlfriend of John Curtis, played by Lance Kerwin – the duo would later play love interests once more in the television movie “James at 15” released the following year. For her work on “Little House on the Prarie” she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress.

In 1979, she was then cast in the “ABC Afterschool Special” entitled “Which Mother Is Mine?”, a series which often presented controversial situations of interest to children and teenagers, and  her performance lead her to win an Emmy Award. Afterwards, she appeared in a television movie entitled “Survival of Dana”, as a North Dakota transfer student named Dana Lee Gilbert. In 1980, she won a TP de Oro award which is considered of the most prestigious awards for television in Spain thanks to her role in “Little House on the Prairie”, which led to her appearing as a guest in the Spanish show “625 Lineas”.

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End of Little House on the Prairie

The following year, Melissa Sue got a nomination for her role in the slasher film entitled “Happy Birthday to Me”. With her leaving “Little House on the Prairie” after her seventh season, she went on to  appear in other television series, including “The Equalizer”, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “CHiPs”. She also forayed into production work, serving as an associate producer of the last Michael Landon television project entitled “Where Pigeons Go to Die”, which aired in 1990. In 1998, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame, and the following year, starred in the television series “Partners”, but which was short lived.

In the latter part of her career, her acting work became sporadic. One of her last television projects was in the 2006 miniseries entitled “10.5 Apocalypse”, playing First Lady Megan Hollister. She also appeared in several independent productions, and had an uncredited role in the 2014 film “Veronica Mars”, in which she played Stosh’s mother.

In 2010, she released an autobiography entitled “The Way I See It: A Look Back at my Life on Little House”, which is based on her years as a child star, but also describes behind-the-scenes stories regarding stars, guest stars and crew members. She also mentioned in an interview, that one of her most challenging roles was when her character went blind during the fourth season of “Little House on the Prairie”.

Personal Life

For her personal life, it is known that in 1990 Anderson married television producer and writer Michael Sloan who worked on shows such as “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” and “The Equalizer” among many others. They have two children together. In 2002, the family moved to Montreal and eventually became naturalized Canadians five years later, during Canada Day. According to reports, she has mainly foregone her acting work in favor of being a stay-at-home mom and looking after her family.

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The Net Worth of Melissa Sue Anderson

How rich is Melissa Sue Anderson? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1.5 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She has also appeared in numerous film projects and other television shows, and assuming that she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

General Info

Full NameMary Ingalls
DiedOctober 20, 1928, De Smet, South Dakota, United States
Height1.6 m
ProfessionActor, Author


SpouseMichael Sloan
ChildrenPiper Sloan, Griffin Sloan
ParentsCaroline Ingalls, Charles Ingalls, Marion Anderson, James Anderson, 22. Hello and Goodbye, 21. May I Have This Dance?, 20. For the Love of Blanche
SiblingsLaura Ingalls Wilder, Carrie Ingalls, Grace Ingalls, Freddy Ingalls


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, TV Land "Character You'd Pay to Do Your Homework for You" Award
MoviesLittle House on the Prairie, The Loneliest Runner, Happy Birthday to Me, Midnight Offering, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Dark Mansions, Forbidden Nights, Dead Men Don't Die, Earthquake in New York, 10.5: Apocalypse
TV ShowsX-Men, Little House on the Prairie

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#Marks / Signs
1Bright blue eyes


1Lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and their two children. Rarely acts in order to be a stay-at-home mom. [May 2007]
2Was on the Today (1952) Show, promoting her new book, "The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House", release date on May 4, 2010 (hardcover) (May 3, 2010). [May 2010]
3Became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 2007.
4Auditioned for the role of Sarah Tobias in The Accused (1988).
5The only actor on Little House on the Prairie (1974) to receive an Emmy Nomination for the show.
6Turn down the role of Emmelyn in The Blue Lagoon (1980).
7Has two children, daughter Piper Sloan and son Griffin Sloan, with husband Michael Sloan.
81984 NATO Female Star of the Year for her starring role in the feature film Chattanooga Choo Choo (1984).
9She was Tommy Pratter's girl in Roger Donaldson's Marie (1985).
10Inducted (as a cast member of Little House on the Prairie (1974)) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1998.




The Brits Are Coming2017post-production
Veronica Mars2014Stosh's Mother (uncredited)
Marker 1872010Short as Melissa Anderson
Marco Polo2007TV MovieMother (voice, uncredited)
Crazy Eights2006Hospital Patient (uncredited)
10.5: Apocalypse2006TV Mini-SeriesFirst Lady Megan Hollister
Thin Ice2000TV MovieTanya Ferguson
Partners1999TV SeriesCheryl Darrin
Earthquake in New York1998TV MovieDr. Marilyn Blake (as Melissa Anderson)
Killer Lady1995American Lady
X-Men 2: Clone Wars1995Video GameEmma Frost (voice, as Melissa Anderson)
Animated Stories from the Bible: Music Video - Volume 11994VideoSnake (voice)
X-Men1993-1994TV SeriesSnowbird
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesMichelle Ryder
X-Men1993Video GameEmma Frost (voice, as Melissa Anderson)
Manuel, le fils emprunté1991
Dead Men Don't Die1990Dulcie Niles (as Melissa Anderson)
Feature Fitness1990ShortFitness monitor (as Melissa Anderson)
The Return of Sam McCloud1989TV MovieColleen McCloud (as Melissa Anderson)
Looking Your Best1989
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1988-1989TV SeriesJulie Fenton / Laura Donovan
Far North1988Young Nurse (as Melissa Anderson)
Memories of Manon1988TV MovieYvette Marcel (as Melissa Anderson)
The Suicide Club1988Laura Donovan on TV
The Equalizer1987-1988TV SeriesYvette Marcel
Buckle Up1987Video shortMelissa Sue Anderson
Dark Mansions1986TV MovieNoelle Drake
The Love Boat1978-1986TV SeriesDana Colton / Cathy Cummings / Cindy Jerome / ...
Hotel1984-1985TV SeriesAnnie Goldman / Cassie Ray
Glitter1984TV SeriesElizabeth
Murder, She Wrote1984TV SeriesEve Crystal
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesNikki Gatos
Chattanooga Choo Choo1984Jennie
Goma-21984Kukki (uncredited)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends1982-1983TV SeriesKitty Pryde Sprite
First Affair1983TV MovieToby King
That's TV1982TV MovieVarious characters
An Innocent Love1982TV MovieMolly Rush
Little House on the Prairie1974-1981TV SeriesMary Ingalls Mary Ingalls Kendall
Advice to the Lovelorn1981TV MovieMaureen Tyler
Happy Birthday to Me1981Virginia Wainwright
Midnight Offerings1981TV MovieVivian Sotherland
Insight1980TV SeriesMary Beth
Fantasy Island1980TV SeriesAmy Marson
Little House Years1979TV MovieMary Ingalls
A New Kind of Family1979TV SeriesLisa
ABC Afterschool Specials1977-1979TV SeriesAlexandria 'Alex' Benton / Kate
CHiPs1979TV SeriesMelissa Sue Anderson
Survival of Dana1979TV MovieDana Lee
The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour1978TV SeriesDirector of the musical
The Family and Other Living Things1978Chorus girl
Circus, Lions, Tigers and Melissas Too1977Ringmaster
James at 161977TV SeriesLacey Stevens
The Loneliest Runner1976TV MovieNancy Rizzi
Shaft1973TV SeriesCathy Cunningham
The Brady Bunch1973TV SeriesMillicent
Bewitched1972TV SeriesGirl


Where Pigeons Go to Die1990TV Movie associate producer - as Melissa Anderson


The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary2017TV Special documentaryHerself
Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
A Day in the Life of Little House2015DocumentaryHerself (as Melissa Anderson)
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself - Little House on the Prairie / Herself
Today1999-2014TV SeriesHerself
The Little House Phenomenon: A Place in Television History2014DocumentaryHerself (as Melissa Anderson)
Fox News2011TV SeriesHerself - Author
Fox and Friends2010TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2010TV Series documentaryHerself
100 Greatest Teen Stars2007TV Mini-SeriesTeen Star nº 56
eTalk Daily2007TV SeriesHerself
Nice People2007TV SeriesHerself
Exclusive Interview with Melissa Sue Anderson2006Video documentary shortHerself
Class of...2005TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1997-2004TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Host
Biography for Kids2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Favorite Stars: Then & Now2003TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Melissa Anderson)
Intimate Portrait-2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Sagas: Melissa Sue Anderson2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Celebrity Profile2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Michael Landon1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 12th Annual Golden Boot Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love1991Video documentaryHerself (as Melissa Anderson Sloan)
Circus of the Stars #141989TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer (as Melissa Anderson)
The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The 10th Annual National CableACE Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Sex Symbols; Past, Present and Future1987TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Joy of Natural Childbirth1985Herself
Donahue1984TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Female TV Performer
Hour Magazine1981TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day1981TV SpecialHerself
Where Have All the Children Gone1980TV Special
Dinah!1975-1980TV SeriesHerself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1978-1980TV SeriesHerself - Actress
NBC Special Treat1980TV SeriesHerself - Host
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
The Toni Tennille Show1980TV SeriesHerself
625 líneas1979TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1979TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1979TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Drama Series
A Different Approach1978ShortHerself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The 4th Annual People's Choice Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favorite Television Dramatic Program
Battle of the Network Stars1976TV SpecialHerself - NBC Team

Archive Footage

Tax Shelter Terrors2017Documentary filmingVirginia Wainwright
Weekend Today2007TV SeriesMary Ingalls
¿Cómo están ustedes?2006TV MovieMary Ingalls
Corazón, corazón2006TV SeriesMary Ingalls
A Little House Conversation2006Video documentaryMary Ingalls
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryVirginia Wainwright
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHerself
Ciclo Alfred Hitchcock2005TV SeriesJulie Fenton / Laura Donovan
The Ultimate Hollywood Blonde2004TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star2003Herself (uncredited)
El informal2001TV SeriesStudent
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood's Children1982TV Movie documentaryHerself


Won Awards

1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's ProgrammingABC Afterschool Specials (1972)
1980TP de OroTP de Oro, SpainBest Foreign Actress (Mejor Actriz Extranjera)Little House on the Prairie (1974)
1975Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaLittle House on the Prairie (1974)

Nominated Awards

2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsCharacter You'd Pay to Do Your Homework for YouLittle House on the Prairie (1974)
1982Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Motion Picture ActressHappy Birthday to Me (1981)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesLittle House on the Prairie (1974)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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