The former actress star of the cult series, Karen Grassle, attacks and her TV husband, the late Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls) takes it for his rank.
Now 79 years old, Karen grassle comes out of silence. The one who was in the 1970s and 80s the famous Caroline Ingalls of The Little House On The Prairie, released a book called Bright Lights, Prairie Dust, which balances on the set, and in particular on Michael Landon.
Wife of Charles on the screen and mother of their three daughters, the actress reconsiders the behavior of her playmate, and producer of the show, who died more than 30 years ago and quite unable to defend himself. Karen grassle thus reveals to have suffered from sexism on the set at the time, in particular after having dared to ask for a salary increase.
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Paid $ 2,000 to $ 4,000 per week, she then received as much as the children of the cast! “Michael refused my request for a raise. I felt insulted “, she confides in a New York Post interview. “I didn’t want to rip anyone off, I just wanted a fair wage. ” By way of explanation, Landon would have made her understand that her character was just not as popular as she might think!
In the wake of this clash, the actress ensures that Caroline was put aside from the intrigues and her scenes were cut. Landon didn’t hesitate to make fun of her on set and her figure and even her facial expressions when they reviewed the footage. Grassle also evokes the increasingly coarse language and the conduct of Landon, in particular during sequences filmed in the room of Ingalls:
“Mike was making disgusting jokes about smelling a woman after sex. It made me want to go away. I was like petrified. But, as a woman in the 1970s film industry, I was so used to this denigration, I never thought to reprimand him severely. I remained pro at playing the good girl …“
In the wake of this scathing outing, another figure of The Little House On The Prairie bring water to Caroline’s mill. Alison Arngrim, aka Nellie Olseon, reveals in the Daily Mail : “People still think of him as this nice and good farmer but when you got to know him better, he was mostly berserk, bad and dangerous “, she swings. “He drank, smoked and always told awful jokes. He drove a Ferrari so you couldn’t really call him Charles Ingalls. “
Corn Alison arngrim nuance however by also saying that he was a type “hilarious and incredibly talented. “
And by the way, Karen grassle Also concludes by confiding to have reconciled with Landon, a little before he succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 1991 at the age of 54 years. “I am very grateful that we were able to settle our differences afterwards“she said. As in The Little House On The Prairie, all’s well That ends well.