Melissa Sue Anderson is an American-Canadian actress and writer. She is recognized as a child actress for the sitcom ‘Little House on Prairie’ as ‘Mary Ingalls’, where actor Jonathan Gilbert appeared as ‘Willie Oleson’. In 2002, she moved to Montreal, Canada and become neutralized citizenship of Canada in 2007 Canada Day.
Apart from that, she has released the book where she has discussed the pre and post-life after the series ‘Little House on Prairie’. Also, she has mentioned how her career and personal life has been affected by the series. To know more about her, let us scroll down to get the information more on details.
Caption: Melissa Sue Anderson, actress of ‘Little House on the Prairie’.
Melissa Sue Anderson: Bio, Family, Education
The actress was born on 26 September 1962, in Berkley, California, in the United States. She was born as the younger child to James and Marion Anderson. At the age of seven, her family moved to Los Angeles. While she was thirteen, her parents got divorced and she grew up under her mother in a Roman Catholic religion. She has an older sister Maureen who is twelve years senior from her.
Furthermore, she has not revealed information on her academic background. Maybe she has been homeschooled as she had started her career from a young age. Her parents noticed her talent and enrolled her in dancing class. Following that, her dance teacher advised her parents to find an agent and give her talent to boost in another level. So that was it, she began to appear in the commercial and hence her TV career began to workout.
Melissa Sue Anderson: Career & Life Achievements
As stated earlier, Anderson began her career in her early childhood in commercials. Gradually, she began to appear on the television as well. Her first appearance was at the age of ten when she featured in an episode of ABC’s ‘Bewitched’. In the same year, she had also worked in a series like ‘The Brady Bunch’ and ‘Shaft’. At the age of eleven, she got her breakthrough role as a child actress in the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ as ‘Mary Ingalls’. But she left the series after seven seasons but later appeared in two-episode in season eight. For her role in the series, she has got a nomination for a 1978 Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Best Leading Actress in Drama Series.
Caption: Melissa Sue Anderson with the actress Melissa Gilbert.
She has also appeared in the autobiographical film ‘The Loneliest Runner’ and television film ‘James’ in 1977. Further, she won the Emmy Award for her work in the ABC series ‘Which Mother is Mine?, aired as ABC Afterschool Special. She has also cast in projects like ‘Killer Lady’, ‘X-Men’, ‘Dead Men Don’t Die’, and ‘The Love Boat’, many others.
In addition, as a writer, she has released her autobiography ‘The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House’. The book summarizes the life of Anderson while she worked as a child actress in the series ‘Little House on the Prairie’. Also, it states how her career has affected her personal life.
Melissa Sue Anderson: Personal Life & Husband
Coming up to her personal life, she has married TV writer/producer Michael Sloan. He is best known for his work on ‘The Equalizer’ and ‘The Hardy/Nancy Drew Mysteries’. Following her marriage, she has been a proud mother of two children. They are daughter Piper born in 1991 and son Griffin born in 1996. Currently, the family resides in Montreal and became a naturalized Canadians in 2007 on Canada Day.
Moreover, the actress prefers to live a low-key life, therefore, she has not shared much information on her personal life after her career break. Last, she was seen on appearing in a comedy film ‘The Con Is On’.
Melissa Sue Anderson: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Speaking of her earning, the actress has accumulated quite a good number of six figures. Furthermore, she has a net worth estimated at around $1.5 million.
She has successfully managed to hide all the information about her personal life under the curtains. Therefore, the secretive personality does not use any sorts of accounts on different social media platforms. But she has a Facebook page account having over 9k followers.
Melissa Sue Anderson: Body Measurements
The beautiful actress has a slim body type with an average height of 5 feet 3 inches or 1.6 meters. Other than this, there is no information on her body measurements and weight. She has an attractive blue eye color with medium blonde hair color.