Melissa Sue Anderson is an actress born on September 26, 1962, in Berkeley, California, USA. She is probably best known for playing Mary Ingalls in the TV show “Little House on the Prairie” during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
We don’t know exactly how much money Melissa Sue Anderson has. Back in late 2018, sources said she had a net worth of $1.5 million. She earned this money from her successful acting career, which included both movies and TV shows. It’s likely that her wealth has grown since then as she continues to work in the entertainment industry.
Melissa Sue Anderson, the younger of two sisters, was born in the San Francisco Bay area. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was little, but when she was 13, her parents split up, and she mostly lived with her Catholic mom.
While taking dance classes, her teacher suggested finding an agent for her. This led to her appearing in ads for companies like Mattel and Sears. She even showed up in a “Bewitched” episode. She played Millicent in “The Brady Bunch” and had a role in an episode of “Shaft” the same year. These opportunities eventually led to her big role in “Little House on the Prairie,” a show about a farm family in the 1870s and 1880s. She worked on the show for eight years.
The TV show “Little House on the Prairie” ended.
After leaving “Little House on the Prairie” following the seventh season, Melissa Sue Anderson got a nomination the next year for her role in the horror movie “Happy Birthday to Me.” She then appeared in other movies and TV shows like “The Equalizer,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “CHiPs.”
She also tried out producing and worked as an associate producer on a 1990 TV episode called “Where Pigeons Go to Die,” which was Michael Landon’s last film. In 1998, she was honored by being inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame. The next year, she starred in a TV sitcom called “Partners,” but unfortunately, it didn’t do well.
In the later part of her career, Melissa Sue Anderson did less acting. One of her last TV roles was in the 2006 miniseries “10.5 Apocalypse,” where she played First Lady Megan Hollister.
After that, she appeared in a few short films and had an uncredited role as Stosh’s mother in “Veronica Mars” in 2014. She wrote an autobiography called “The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House,” sharing stories about her time as a child star and revealing behind-the-scenes stuff about the show’s cast, guests, and crew.
Around 2002, her family moved to Montreal, and they became Canadian citizens in 2007. According to sources, she mostly stopped acting to be a stay-at-home mom and take care of her family.
In an interview, she mentioned that one of her most challenging roles was when her character went blind in the fourth season of “Little House on the Prairie.”