The charming personality with a beautiful smile, Melissa Ellen Gilbert is known among her fans as an actress as well as a television director. Born on 8th May, 1964, she has already reached the age of 51 and has named her as a candidate for Michigan’s 8th congressional district’ for the year 2016.
Born in Los Angeles, California, she was immediately placed for adoption as soon as her birth because she was born to a newly engaged couple. Actor and comedian, Paul Gilbert and actress Barbara Crane later adopted her. When she reached the age of 8, her adoptive parents went through a divorce and Barbara got married to Harold Abeles whereas Paul Gilbert died of being a VA patient. She was raised up in Barbara’s Jewish religion but did not have any formal religious education.
With the net worth of thousand dollars today, she is recognized for her heart throbbing role and acting. She began her acting career through taking part in various commercials including one for ‘Alpo’ dog food with her then husband, Boxleitner. She won the role of Ingalls’ for the movie called “Little House on the Prairie” beating 500 of other child artists. She became close to Landon’s family and attended school with Landon’s daughter. Then after, she was mainly seen in television shows and programs. She involved in the biopic “Choices of the Heart” as Jean Donovan and also, in three episodes of “Babylon 5” as Anna Sheridan voice of ‘Batgirl’ in Batman in 1990s.
She was awarded with “Hollywood Walk of Frame” for her contribution to the film industry. This was at the “National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum” in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She appeared in the episode of ‘Nip/Tuck’ in season four and also played in the musical adaptation of ‘Little House on the Prairie’ in the years, 2008 and 2009. This show was on a US national tour from 2009 to 2010 ended at Starlight Theatre. She also became a part of “Dancing with the Stars” on season 14 with the other fellow celebrity contestants. She injured herself in the 4th week performing Paso Doble, hit her head and was immediately rushed to the hospital. But she again stood high and became the part of the competition. Unfortunately, she got eliminated in the 8th week of the competition ranking on the fifth place.
Like her acting biography, she also had many ups and downs in her life. She was linked up with her boyfriend, actor Rob Lowe at the age of 17. They started dating from the age of 14 and later, their relationship was on and off for long six years. She also dated actors like Tom C, Scott Biao, Billy Idol and John Cussack. She got married to Bo Brinkman after weeks of her break up with Lowe and had a son but the couple got divorced in 1992. She again got married to Bruce Boxleitner after dating for a year gave birth to a son into a premature labor before two months. This relationship also ended in divorce on August 22, 2011. At present, she is married to actor Timothy Busfield since April 24, 2013. They are also trying to have children.
Melissa’s wiki is filled with many ups and downs from her early years till date but one thing is obvious that she has a wide range of fan following. She also came into the limelight with her issue of plastic surgery. Her hot and sexy pictures in her social accounts have increased her number of fans. The tall looking actress with height 5 feet and 3 inches has 168K followers only in her twitter account.