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Melissa Gilbert: What is the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star’s Net Worth?

Melissa Gilbert: What is the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star’s Net Worth?

Melissa Gilbert proved to be one of the busiest young actresses in Hollywood thanks to TV work, which helped her net worth. Gilbert is best known for playing Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. She also has done guest appearances on other TV shows in her career, like The Love Boat. Gilbert, though, has been through some tough times in her life.

What is Melissa Gilbert’s Net Worth?

Melissa Gilbert’s net worth is approximately $500,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Gilbert filled in spaces for work post-Little House with numerous TV movies and feature films. For her TV career, Gilbert picked up appearances on shows like Gunsmoke and Emergency! before getting tapped to play Laura. She also received an Emmy nomination for her role in a TV adaptation of The Miracle Worker.

In 2012, she competed on Dancing with the Stars but did not make it to the finals.

Melissa Gilbert Had Active Role With SAG

Melissa Gilbert has been active in unions and politics. She served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild. Afterward, she turned her attention to national politics. In 2015, Gilbert announced that she was running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Her target was Michigan’s 8th congressional district. She bowed out in 2016, however, due to health reasons.

In regards to her wealth, Melissa Gilbert went through some problems with the Internal Revenue Service. She also went through a divorce which cost her a lot of money, too. Gilbert said the divorce along with a lack of acting opportunities hurt her financially. She also mentioned how the recession affected her, too.

At one time, Melissa Gilbert was engaged to Rob Lowe but they called it off. She married Bo Brinkman in 1988 and had one child with him, but they divorced. Gilbert then married Bruce Boxleitner in 1995, They, too, had one child before they divorced in 2011. Gilbert has been married to Timothy Busfield since 2013.

Melissa Gilbert’s properties included her house in Tarzana, which was listed at $1.195 million. In 2019, Gilbert and Busfield paid $98,000 for a 14-acre space of land in New York state’s Catskill mountains. This is where they primarily live all year round.

‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Poured Her Heart Out in Memoir

Back in 2009, Melissa Gilbert wrote her memoir, Prairie Tale. She openly talks about her addiction to drugs and alcohol in her life.

Gilbert was adopted as a baby by Paul Gilbert, an actor, and his wife, actress Barbara Crane. The couple divorced when she was just 8 years old. Crane remarried to Harold Abeles and they had a child, Sara. Melissa’s brother Jonathan also was adopted into the family. Later on, Crane and Abeles divorced.

You probably have seen Sara on the TV. She had a pretty prime role as Darlene on Roseanne. Gilbert has continued to play the same character in The Conners. She’s also appeared on CBS’ The Talk as well.

Melissa Gilbert also keeps pretty busy on her Instagram account. She’ll post pictures from her New York state farm or even from the road, too.