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Karen Grassle reveals shocking details about Michael Landon, says he made ‘disgusting’ jokes on the set of Little House


“Little House on the Prairie,” a TV series that first aired in 1974, remains beloved by fans worldwide. The show tells the story of the Ingalls family, who live on a farm in Plum Creek, near Walnut Grove, Minnesota. With its touching themes and memorable characters, it continues to be a timeless favorite.

The series featured many talented actors, including Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls and Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls. Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Dean Butler were also part of the star-studded cast that brought the Ingalls family to life.

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Karen Grassle’s journey to the role of Caroline Ingalls was quite unique. She was planning to work on an independent film in Los Angeles when she got a call from her agent about a role starring Michael Landon, known for his work on “Bonanza.” With no plane tickets available, she attended the audition and impressed Landon, securing the role.

Grassle based her portrayal of Caroline on her own mother, who was strong and resilient. “My mother rode a horse barefoot to school, and as a young woman, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse,” Grassle shared, explaining how she infused Caroline with her mother’s character and wisdom.

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Despite the show’s success, Grassle faced challenges behind the scenes, particularly regarding her salary. She recalled how Landon made insulting remarks and resisted her requests for a fair wage. “I felt insulted as his co-star on a hit series,” she said. “He would say things like, ‘The network has done some testing and Ma is not the favorite character so they don’t want to give you more money.”

Their relationship became strained, and Landon began to cut her scenes. Grassle endured his mocking comments about her appearance but maintained her professionalism. “As a woman in the 1970s film industry, I was so accustomed to these putdowns,” she explained.

Despite their differences, Grassle and Landon reconciled before his passing in 1991. They had a friendly call reminiscing about the good old days. “I was glad we had that healing,” Grassle said.

Michael Landon was known for his kindness and dedication to his crew. Actor Dean Butler, who played Almanzo Wilder on the show, spoke highly of Landon, emphasizing how he cared for everyone and ensured they could spend time with their families.

“Little House on the Prairie” remains an iconic series, and the stories of its cast, like Karen Grassle, continue to inspire and touch the hearts of fans around the world.