Melissa Gilbert was nine years old when she started little House on the Prairie. A child artist, Gilbert was a professional and worked tirelessly. However, there was a day when he didn’t learn his lines little House on the Prairie. His co-star, executive producer and frequent director, Michael Landon, ended it early.
Gilbert shares his memories little House on the Prairie With her husband, Timothy Busfield, Gilbert and Busfield Podcast on April 18, 2020. Here’s how Landon made sure Gilbert never forgot his lines again.
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Gilbert remembered exactly that episode for which she did not know her lines. She played Laura Ingalls in the book adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder. One day, childhood just got in the way of remembering Gilbert little House on the Prairie Script.
Gilbert said, “I once had a lot of trouble for not knowing my lines.” “We were doing episodes where we were trying to sell drugs to buy a Bible for Rev. Alden. I was going to do a scene with Melissa Sue [Anderson] Or with Mike, but I didn’t know my dialogue. I just didn’t learn it. I just didn’t learn it, I was just playing and doing stuff and didn’t get around to it. “
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If Gilbert thought she might fake her way through the episode, she didn’t know who she was dealing with. as they rehearsed little House on the Prairie, Landon calls out Gilbert, but in a perfectly good Landon way.
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“I showed up and Michael rehearsed,” Gilbert said. “I kind of fainted. He looked at me funny and said, ‘Let’s do it again.’ I kind of made a ruckus and he stopped everyone and said, ‘Don’t you know your lines?’ and i burst [into tears]. He said, ‘Okay, everybody go away.’ So he sent off the entire crew and cast. He asked the script supervisor to come back with the script and he sat down and ran with me until I learned it. “
‘Little House on the Prairie’ ran for 9 seasons with no further incidents
It is evident, little House on the Prairie Was able to film nine seasons of television, in which everyone remembered their lines. This may be because Landon was so well-mannered with the kids, he made sure Gilbert would never want to repeat the incident.
“First he told me to stop crying,” Gilbert said. “They said, ‘It’s going to be okay. We’re going to do this and we’ll get over it.’ Until I learned them and I said, ‘Thank you very much.’ He was walking away and he stopped. He turned, he bent down and he put his hands on either side of my shoulders and he looked into my eyes and said, ‘This is never happening again, is it?’ And I said, ‘No.’”
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Gilbert said that she started crying again and imitating herself so sad it disappointed Landon. Landon reassures her but introduces a positive work ethic to help her move forward.
“They said, ‘Don’t cry. We’re going to do the scene. Don’t cry, just don’t do it again,’” Gilbert said. “And I never did. I’ve never known my lines.”
Source: Gilbert and Busfield podcast