Melissa Ellen Gilbert Biography

Updated On Jul 23, 2019 Published On Feb 17, 2017
Facts of Melissa Ellen Gilbert
Date of Birth: 1964 , May-8
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 3 Inch
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Melissa Gilbert is an American actress and television director was born on 1964, May 8 in Loss angles, California. She is the adopted daughter of actor Paul Gilbert and actress/dancer Barbara Crane (now Barbara Gilbert Cowan); her biological parents each had three children from previous marriages and, fearing they wouldn't be able to provide for Gilbert financially, put her up for adoption the day she was born. She has two siblings named Sara and Jonathan are also an actress.

Melissa Gilbert is best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on the classic NBC television series 'Little House' (1974 to 1984). Previous, she had already done dozens of commercials like Tenafly, Emergency! and more. She also appeared in many popular TV movies like The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker.

 After these movies, she kept working regularly, mostly on TV. Melissa appeared in the biopic Choices of the Heart as Jean Donovan in1983 and also in 3 episodes of Babylon 5 as Anna Sheridan in 1996.  She also gave her voice in animated series like ‘Batman…The Animated Series’. 

Talking about her personal life she has three marriages and two divorces.  She first married actor Bo Brinkman on February 22, 1988. The couple has a son together named Dakota Paul Brinkman but they divorce in 1992.

Her second marriage was to Bruce Boxleitner in January 1995 and gave birth to son Michael Garrett, But later they divorced in 2011. After the divorce, again she got engaged to fellow actor Timothy Busfield and got married on April 24, 2013. They currently live in Michigan.

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Born in California, united states

1964

Melissa Gilbert is an American actress and television director,  She was born on 1964, May 8 in Loss angles, California. She is the adopted daughter of actor Paul Gilbert and actress/dancer Barbara Crane (now Barbara Gilbert Cowan); her biological parents each had three children from previous marriages and, fearing they wouldn't be able to provide for Gilbert financially, put her up for adoption the day she was born. She has two siblings named Sara and Jonathan are also an actress.

Married and divorce with Bo Brinkman

1998

Melissa first married Bo Brinkman (is actor and director) in the year 1988, in the month of  February 22, The couple blessed with one child named Dakota Paul Brinkman but unfortunately, later they got a divorce in the year 1992.

Married and divorce with Bruce Boxleitner

1995

 Melissa second marriage was to Bruce Boxleitner (is an American actor, and science fiction and suspense writer) on January 1, 1995.the couple separated on March 1, 2011. Melissa filed for a divorce on August 22, 2011. She gave a premature birth to son Michael Garrett Boxleitnerof the marriage. 

Married with Timothy Busfield

2013

On April 24, 2013, Gilbert married 55-year-old actor Timothy Busfield, known for his role as Eliot Weston on TV's Thirtysomething. The couple reportedly wed in a private ceremony at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. 

 

She was participate in cast of celebrity contestants on season 14

2012

In March 2012, Gilbert joined the cast of celebrity contestants on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. During week four's show, while dancing the Paso Doble, she fell and hit her head on Maksim's leg and suffered a mild concussion and was taken to a hospital.

Nominated for Young Artist Award

1983

Gilbert has won the Young Artist Award for her role in Little House on the Prairie in the category of best young actress in the year 1983 and 1984. She won a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame in 1985.

won the TV Land awards

2006

In 2006, Melissa Gilbert won the TV Land awards for Most Memorable Kiss from Little House on the Prairie with fellow kisser Dean Butler. She also had won the Golden Boots Award once in the year 2000.