Her new life away from TV

Melissa Sue Anderson is best known for her role in “Little House on the Prairie” and is one of the youngest actresses of her generation. 40 years after the end of the series that made her famous, the actress’ life has changed enormously.

After making her debut in the series “Little House on the Prairie”, Melissa Sue Anderson had great success. A talented actress, she has appeared in several movies, TV movies and series. Now 59 years old, the actress is a contented woman. She is married and has two children and enjoys spending time with her family.

Born September 26, 1962 in Berkeley, California, Melissa Sue Anderson is the youngest daughter in her family. Her parents divorced when she was 13. After this separation, the girl was raised by her mother. She was passionate about dance and had had a teacher who had given her the opportunity to find an agent. This is how she appeared for the first time in commercials.

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She took her first steps on television in 1974 in the series “My Beloved Witch”. After a few small appearances in other series, she got her first major role in “Little House on the Prairie, she was only 11 years old.

For several years she had played Marie Ingalls, the eldest daughter of Charles (Michael Landon) and Caroline Lake Quiner (Karen Grassle). His collaboration with Michael Landon had opened many doors for him. It is actually thanks to him that she had starred in the movie “The lonliest Runner”. Thanks to her role as Marie Ingalls, in 1978 the actress was nominated for the Emmy Awards for Best Actress.

In addition to “Little House on the Prairie”, which she left in 1981 in the 7th season, Melissa Sue Anderson has starred in other series such as “The Fun Cruise”, “Chips”, “Bruke’s Law”, “X-men”, “Equalizer”.

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She has also starred in film productions such as ‘Looking Your Best’, ‘Happy Birthday: Wish Never To Be Invited’, ‘Survival of Dana’ and many more. She is also the author of the autobiographical book “The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House”.


Over the course of her career, Melissa Sue Anderson played small roles in sitcoms. It was during one of these appearances that she met Frank Sinatra Jr. Invited to play Cinderella in “The Love Boat”, she was to give the answer to the famous singer’s son.

She had discovered in him a kind man who listened to her instead of treating her like a child. They had found themselves again in “The Cruise is Fun,” and she had discovered her talents as a singer. At the time of their meeting, Frank Sinatra Jr. was 33 years old, while the actress was only a 17-year-old teenager.

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The two had forged strong friendships. They got along so well that the young man got his mother, his sisters Nancy and Tina. She had also been able to meet Frank Sinatra Sr. Over time, their relationship had changed and they had become more than friends. In 2010, during the promotion of her book, she had evoked the youth of Frank Sinatra Jr.

The actress had explained that it had not been easy for him to grow up in the shadow of his famous father. Despite all his talent, he was always compared to his father, which did not allow him to have a career that matched his abilities. Frank Sinatra I died in 2016 of cardiac arrest.

A shocking encounter

Besides Frank Sinatra, Melissa Sue had other romantic idylls, especially with Lorenzo Lama. But it was her encounter with producer Michael Sloan that had a major impact on her life. Both had met in the late 1980s on the set of “Alfred Hitchcock presents”.

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Their romance had given rise to a marriage celebrated on May 17, 1990. After her marriage, the actress had gradually moved away from the cameras to devote herself to her family life. A choice her husband had insisted on respecting.

In a document aired on NT1, the producer had admitted that he was the reason his wife disappeared from the screens.

“Yes, it’s true, I admit that I completely ruined her career. In fact, she did not want her professional career to take precedence over her private life and her life with the children. I think it’s his merit, it is a very good decision “,

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If there’s one thing Melissa Sue Anderson has managed to do, it is keep the paparazzi away from her family. Married for 29 years to producer and screenwriter Michael Sloan, the actress is very discreet about her privacy.

Michael Sloane has a rich track record in the cinema world. He worked on series like “The Hardy boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries”, “The Equalizer”. He also has several books on his honor that deal with romance, politics and many other topics.

The actress and her husband have lived in Montreal, Canada since 2002. They were naturalized in 2007. Melissa Sue Anderson and Michael Sloane have been a happy married couple for nearly 3 decades, which is an achievement in Hollywood.

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If Melissa Sue Anderson’s childhood was spent in the spotlight, the actress wanted her children to live a different life. She gave up her film career to devote herself to her children.

The actress became a mother a year after celebrating her wedding. She had a daughter named Piper. 5 years later a little boy named Griffin Henry came to complete the family. Becoming a mother has completely changed the life of the actress.

Melissa Sue Anderson is very happy to have been able to accompany her children in all the important moments of their lives. She is very proud of them and still worries about her daughter who dreams of conquering Hollywood.

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