Renowned for portraying Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert has bid farewell to the glitz of Hollywood in favor of a more tranquil existence in the Catskills. Born in 1964 in Los Angeles, Melissa was adopted by actor Paul Gilbert and actress Barbara Crane.
In 2015, Melissa showcased her talent in the short film One Smart Fellow and graced television screens with appearances in shows such as Secret and Lies and The Night Shift. Additionally, she penned her autobiography, Prairie Tale: A Memoir, providing insights into her experiences during her tenure on Little House on the Prairie.
Several years ago, Melissa and her husband, Timothy Busfield, made the leap from Michigan to New York, embarking on a journey to embrace a rural lifestyle. Their purchase of a hunting cabin signaled their intent to cultivate a farm life, complete with chickens, goats, and horses. However, the onset of the pandemic disrupted their plans.
Undeterred by the challenges, they now proudly call the cabin home, having undertaken extensive renovations. They tackled the remnants of the previous owners’ belongings, addressed issues with rodents and mold, and rectified plumbing concerns. Their efforts have transformed the space, with vibrant red vinyl chairs now adorning the interior and a wood fire providing warmth during chilly nights.
Melissa and Timothy have cultivated a fruitful garden, reaping the rewards of their labor with homegrown fruits and vegetables. Amidst the tranquility of their rustic abode, Melissa finds solace and purpose, embracing the trials and triumphs that come their way with unwavering determination and a warm smile. As the day draws to a close, she savors a soothing cup of tea, reflecting on the simple yet fulfilling life they’ve crafted in their cozy cottage nestled in the Catskills.