These are the previous Q & A answered by Melissa.

2001

I first off wanna say your an extermly talented lady. I have always enjoyed all your work, but "Donor" stood out to me the most due to a reason I had a friend who passed on from the disease Progeria. Was that at all a hard role? Good luck in all you do! - Scotty
The role in "Donor" was a bit challenging physically. But, I had a really great time shooting it.

I think you are awsome. I am the mother of a 21 month old beautiful boy. What do you do for relaxation during the day? What is your favourite junk food?
I try and read, alone somewhere with some classical music and a nicely scented candle burning. My favorite junk foods are, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and spicy, fried pork- rinds. I almost never get to eat them!

Dear Melissa, are any of your children going into acting, and would you want them to pursue it ? Also what are you working on now any new movies or projects? I love all your shows and never miss any show your in. Keep up the good work. a faithful fan Connie Pettit
So far none of my kids is acting professionally. I have no projects lined up right now...but I have a few things cooking.

Will melissa will be taken part in this at all, Patty Duke Intimate Portrait?
Yes, and she will be in my A&E Biography.

How did you get the part of Laura Ingalls and do you keep in contact w/ any of the other members of LHOTP?
I got Laura through the normal audition and screen test process. I still speak to various members of the cast every now and then.

The credits for "Little House ......" include "Developed for Television by Blanche Hanalis". What exactly did she do? - Tom
I have no idea.....isn't THAT silly.

I am an ardent admirer of Melissa Gilbert. I have watched Sylvester many times. I was so curious...did she do all the actual riding scenes in the movie? Her acting is superb...just wanted to send a smily face and say.."you go girl!" :)
I did all of the riding except for the big jumps, the falls and the horse-to-horse transfer by the highway......

Looking back at your Little House Episodes, What episode can you honestly say you could watch it over and over again? Thanks, Rob
All of them!!!!!!!

Is there any chance of an occasional live chat forum? And do you ever just chat online and enjoy the anonymity? Angie Cottom Dunn
I don't chat on line much at all. I can't type fast enough!

I was wondering what political party Melissa and Bruce belong to and does it say Melissa boxlightner on her driver license?
I am a registered Democrat. Bruce is a Republican. Melissa Gilbert is on my driver's license

Dear Melissa, Just a little note to tell you what a great fan I am of you and your work. You are truly blessed. What my questions is: How was your leading man in the movie Splendor in the Grass???? Keep up your great work. Love a fan for life. Cindy
His name is Cyril O'rielly and he was terrific to work with. I must admit that I fell madly in love with him while we were shooting.We still speak occasionally.

Melissa, Was you a very close friend to Alison Arngrim even though you were like enemies to each other on the show LHOTP ? I enjoyed watching that show and still do twice a day in the morning. Best of Luck
Alison and I are still very close. She is the only LHOTP cast member that I speak to regularly.

Do you ever accompany Bruce when he attends fan conventions? I read that he will be attending one in Baltimore in July, and I was wondering if you both would be there together. -Lynn - Balt., MD.
I will not be with Bruce in Baltimore.

Have you read the books written about Rose by Roger Mcbride? - Meggie Lambert
No, I have not read the books about Rose.

How many brothers and sister do you have? Amanda, Canada
I have one brother and one sister.

In your interview on 'The View' you explained how a love scene is shot. My question is how does it affect you when you see Bruce in a love scene and how does it affect him when he sees you in a love scene? OK it was two questions...Lorie Wylie Hocking Co. Ohio
Bruce and I don't like to watch each other's love scenes. He groans and covers his eyes and I say mean things about the woman in the scene with him!

Is there ever a reunion where you and the other cast members on LHOTP get together apart from making a reunion show?
We have no plans for any kind of reunion in the near future.

Did you have any fond memories of Victor French? Tim Chandler
I loved Victor French dearly. I have many fond memories of him.I am so glad there are reruns on where I can see us together.

Is it hard for such a big star as yourself to go out in public and not be recognized by a lot of fans? Tim Chandler
It is a lot easier for me to go out in public than you think...now, Meg Ryan....for her it's not so easy!

What is your favourite Christmas Dessert Recipe? Thanks, James and Karen Galbraith
I love mincemeat pie at Christmas....I know, I'm a little wierd.

You often wear your sleeves rolled up on the screen. Is it just a habit or is it a way of showing you are a determined sort of person?
I don't like sleeves....I am determined, yes...but sleeves make me hot and for me hot is a bad thing. I'm happiest when I'm nice and cool.

Laura really loved Bunny on Little House. Do you have a real love for horses also? Do you own any? Thanks, James and Karen Galbraith
I do like horses. I've had a few horses in the past, I don't have one right now, but my husband does.

How was it to play Almanzo Wilder's (Dean Butler) wife in Little House On The Prairie? Love Lise
I enjoyed working with Dean Butler very much.

What's your favourite movie? Gabi
My all time favorite is......."Limelight" by, Charlie Chaplin.

Are the indoor scenes from, for example, the church/school, the mercantile and the little house filmed in the actual set or are they filmed in the studios. - Thanks and best wishes, Simone Holla (from the Netherlands)
The indoor scenes were filmed on the stage.

When you go on location, does your family often travel with you?
My family travels with me or I go back and forth.

Do you have any pets? I have a Dalmatian, named Zorro, and a cat, named Mario. - angela
I have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 rabbit, 3birds and one hamster.

I see that you celebrate Christmas, what religion do you practice?
My family is Jewish, but I carry a knowledge and respect for all religions. I don't practice one specifically.

In a 1996 AOL chat someone asked you what you hoped to be doing in 5 years. You answered: Hopefully, finally, picking corn out of that vegetable garden I have been trying to plant... for the last 15 years but haven't had time to! Watching one son graduate from high school... and having time to travel and explore the world with my remarkable husband. - I was wondering... did you ever get to planting the corn? - :) Emma
Still have to buy that corn at the market!

Melissa, Thank you so much for coming to Fan Source this year, you looked beautiful . (Even though you weren't feeling well.) I was wondering who your favorite clothing/ shoe designers are?
I love Tom Ford for Gucci, Armani anything...Vera Wang, Badgely Mishka, J Crew, and anything cashmere. For shoes...Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Prada and converse high-tops.

Professionaly, what do you consider to be the next great challenge to you in the television industry? (er... meaning now that you have acted, directed, been a star... etc. Perhaps there is a type of role, or a genre that you would like to direct?) :) Emma
More directing!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am a 26 yr old Marine Biologist in Savannah, GA who is a huge fan of Mrs. Boxleitner's. I was wondering if it was fun filming that show with Rosie O'Donnell as your sister? She seems nice. I was picked by her to do the announce on her show in 98 and she gave me a backstage dressing room and everything. I loved the show, and thought it was hilarious! Thanks, Gini
I loved working with Rosie...she's great!!

Bruce was asked if it was love at first sight. He said no, it was forever at first sight. How was it for you?
When I first saw Bruce I knew that no man would ever measure up. He was it !!!!

What was your personal favorite LHOTP Episode and why? Stacey / Nequi
My favorite "Little House" episode is "The Lord is my Shepard". I think it is because it really showed just what my relationship with Michael Landon was all about.

I was just wordreing what you like about playing Laura in the little house on the prairie.And how old was you when you started? - Nequi
I loved playing Laura Ingalls. I started when I was 9 and I was 19 when the show ended.

Have you ever used hair extensions in any of your movies or has it always been your natural hair?
I had hair extensions in one film, "The Soul Collector".

Is it true that you once posed for playboy?
I was offered money to pose for playboy last year but I turned them down.

Are you still mostly recognized as portraying LAURA. Do fans recognize you when you go out? - Nequi
I am mostly recognized for playing Laura.

What was it like filming the fInal episode where Walnut Grove blows up? - Nequi
Filming the final "Little House" episode was like a very intense funeral. I cried for eight days straight!!!!

Do you smoke or drink?
I used to smoke. I will have the ocasional Martini or a glass of wine...in fact...I am having a little Chardonnay right now!

Did you ever read any of the ''Little House'' books and any of the books about Laura Ingalls Wilder? - Susan
I read all the "Little House" books growing up.

Did you enjoy working with your younger brother Jonathan on ''Little House'' and on "The Miricle Worker?'' How old were the both of you?
My brother and I are three years apart. Working with him was great fun. It was fun to be surrounded by all the kids on the show.

Hi! I`m a big fan of your`s and I grew up watching you & wishing I was you. I was wondering, do you collect anything? - Marge
I collect antique baby shoes, and limoges boxes.

We've got ourselves a dilemma, myself and some people for work are fueding over braces... did you ever have them and if so was that ever noticable in Little House?
I had braces for YEARS. However, only when the show was not shooting. I had a neck-gear (Yuck!) and a lot of stuff behind my teeth that no one could see. In fact, I'm getting a new retainer in about one week. It seems my teeth are starting to shift again!!!!!

Not including the ones you have stared in, what is your favorite television show and your favorite movie? Laura, IL
"Sunset Boulevard" "Giant" "Casablanca" "Gone With the Wind" "Waiting for Guffman" "Apocalypse Now" "My Favorite Year"...there are so many. As far as T.V. goes...."The Honeymooners" "I love Lucy" and a new cable show called "Trauma: LIfe in the E.R."

I've seen all of the LHOTP episodes. I was wondering what your best memory was of the show and of Michael Landon.Thanks!! - Nequi
I cannot begin to list all of the INCREDIBLE memories I have of "Little House" To pick just one would be impossible!!!!

What will you and your family do on christmas day?
On Christmas we will open presents, eat a lot and I will spend the rest of the day assembling toys and cleaning up the mess. I'll also be staring at my family and thanking God that they are in my life!

I'm wondering why you would trade places with her cat. Its an interesting concept - Loree
My cats don't pay taxes, work or worry. All they do is eat, languish and find warm places to sleep. Not to mention the fact that they get petted and loved 24 hours a day!

Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is a woman named Anne-Marie MacDonald. She has only written one novel,"Fall on Your Knees" but it is the greatest book I've ever read.

When will Sanctuary be shown on TV?
Sanctuary will air on C.B.S. on December 6th.

Do you see Sara very often? and does she have a contact address?
I don't see Sara as much as I would like to. Our lives are very busy. But, we speak regularly. She can be reached through the William Morris Agency.

Do you admire Patty Duke and what was it like working on movies with her? - Love, Anthony Spears
Working with Patty Duke is a dream. I wish she was in all of my movies.

How tall are you and your husband? Who gave you your nickname "Half-Pint"?
I am 5'3". Bruce is 6'2". Michel Landon nicknamed me "Halfpint".

I have never heard you speak about Melissa Sue Anderson, Did the two of you get along?
Melissa Sue and I got along okay. We were never really close. Our lives were just different.

How is your family doing? How old are the boys now?
My family is doing great. Sam is 20, Lee is just about 15, Dakota is 11 and Michael just turned 5.

Where is the set of "Little House on The Prairie" located?
The "Little House" set is located at Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley.

What is your most favorite role of all you have played?
My career has been so diverse that I cannot pick just one role that I love the most.

Was Michael Landon like the character he played on little house?
Micheal Landon was a lot like "Pa" only he had a much more wicked sense of humor.

What was Katherine MacGregor really like?
Katharine MacGregor was not at all like Mrs. Olson. She was kind, sweet, and funny. She once took all of us kids to see "Jaws".

Do you still keep in touch with any of the cast members (LHOTP)? Who were you closest to during the show?
I speak to Alison Arngim regularly. She was my closest friend on the set. We always thought of each other as sisters.

What kind of music do you like?
I like all kinds of music.

Do you ever get jealous of the female attention Bruce gets?
I don't get jealous of the female attention that Bruce gets. It only serves to remind me that I do in fact have good taste!!!!!! Ha ha ha....

Did You had any luck on getting a part on ER and can we help in anyway to get it?
I would love to do an episode or more of E.R. write to the shows producers and tell them if you want. That would be great.

What are your favorite foods?
Sushi.... fried chicken with mashed potatoes.... I like all Asian foods and my favorite fruit is mangoes.

What was it like working with Bruce on Babylon 5 ? Can you give us some specific things that happened while you were shooting?
I loved working with Bruce on B5. I love working with him on anything. I remember being really nervous, for a few reasons. First, it was my first job after having our son, Michael, I was still nursing and he had been so sick when he was born I still had to have him with me all day, everyday. Second, It was Bruce's world, his set, although I had visited, I kind of felt like I was intruding. Third, it didn't help that my first scene was walking in to find him in bed with another woman in the room....that was a bit odd, but once I did my first shot the rest was a blast. Everyone was so sweet and welcoming. I didn't feel the least bit awkward at all.

Will there be a Little House Reunion? Any plans to direct?
There are no plans to do a "Little House" reunion at this time. We wanted to but the man who owns the rights wouldn't give us permission. I have no immediate plans to direct. But would love to.

I was wondering if we can get any information on the movie you are due to film next.
The movie is based on a novel by Nora Roberts called"Sanctuary". It is a romantic thriller. My leading man is Costas Mandylor and My Aunt is being played by Kathy Baker. It's a bit of a "Picket Fences" reunion.

Diana Serra-Cary told us about "Child Stars: Their Story" and that you borrowed a photograph of herself and Roddy McDowall, which makes us wonder if Roddy is featured in the documentary. We have a website devoted to Roddy where we publish a TV guide of his shows. We'd really appreciate it if you could confirm that Roddy is in "Child Stars: Their Story".
Unfortunately Roddy is not in our documentary. As we only focused on former child actors wo are still with us. However, on a personal note, I spoke to Roddy when 'Child Stars" was in it's first stages and he said he thought it could not be done, but, if I did it, he would be a part of it. Unfortunately for all of us he passed away shortly there after.

What charities do you sponsor and how do you stay in shape?
I work with March of Dimes, Childhelp and the Make a wish foundation. I work out five days per week. At least a half an hour of cardio everyday. I work out with weights four times per week.

What is her brother Jonathon up to?
Jonathan continues to persue acting in the Los Angeles area.

Please can you post your recipe for Southern Fried Chicken

Melissa's Fried Chicken Recipe

Bear in mind that I "eye-ball" the ingredients so there are no definite amounts of anything.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cut up fryer chicken, rinsed and patted dry.
Cooking oil......enough to fill a large frying pan 1/2 inch
All Purpose Four......app. 1 cup
Old Bay Seasoning....app. 3 tablespoons
Salt/ Pepper to taste.

Combine flour, old bay, salt and pepper in a large zip.lock bag, close bag and shake until ingredients are mixed. Drop in chicken pieces, seal bag and shake until pieces are evenly coated.
Heat oil in frying pan over high heat until a drop of water sizzles.Take chicken pieces and place them in the pan, skin side down. COVER, reduce heat to Med./High and cook for 15 minutes. Discard lid, turn chicken over and cook for 15 more minutes. (if chicken is not browning enough increase heat to High for last 15 minutes)
When chicken is done, drain on paper towels. Serve immediately or keep warm in 190 degree oven.

Were you in the music video for the movie GHOSTBUSTERS
That is me in the "Ghostbusters" video.

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