How ‘Little House On The Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Shaped A Generation

If so, you are probably between the ages of 40 and 70, and your name is actually more likely Lisa or Michelle, Susan or Debbie. (Unless you are me, in which case you really are a Laura.)

And if so, Laura Ingalls shaped your life in a way that’s hard to articulate, but easy to feel. Maybe it was partly from the “Little House” series your mom read to you in bed each night, but more likely it was from Melissa Gilbert on NBC’s TV show “Little House on the Prairie.”

She was Laura, the girl we wanted to be and the best friend we needed. The TV character was inspired by the books, but was not true to them; the show needed more drama, even in 1974, to hold your attention, especially when it took Pa an entire chapter to build a door.

Laura was mischievous.

She stood up for herself. She wanted to make the right choice, but she struggled with temptation, jealousy, doing the right thing. It was part of her appeal. She wasn’t perfect, but she always got to the right thing.

I was the 5-year-old girl who asked for pigtail braids and calico dresses, fishing poles and black boots.

Read more here from USA Today.