Melissa Gilbert has been a well known star for decades all thanks to her long-running and iconic role as Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. Now in her 50s, Gilbert was only nine years old when she landed her career-defining role on Little House which went on to become one of the most popular series of the ’70s and ’80s. Although she may be known for her starring role in the series, there is so much more to the actress, much of which she divulged in her 2009 memoir “Prairie Tale: A Memoir.” So, get to know the beloved star even better with 10 things you didn’t know about Melissa Gilbert:
10. Falling for Rob Lowe
Of all the forgotten celebrity couples of the past, one of the biggest without a doubt is Melissa Gilbert and Rob Lowe. The actress and handsome actor began dating in the early ’80s when they were both only 17. Despite their age, things got serious quickly. “I fell instantly, hopelessly and stupidly in love. We went from first date to instant couple. I felt like I was starving for Rob,” the actress revealed in her memoir. In 1986, the two even became engaged after Lowe proposed, but the relationship was far from idyllic with many cheating scandals on both sides. Things got more complicated, however, when Gilbert then became pregnant with Lowe’s child and Lowe said he wasn’t ready to be a husband or a father. With the revelation from Lowe, their relationship officially came to an end, and not long after Gilbert suffered a miscarriage and lost the baby. “It was very, very painful. It was a very dark and difficult time for me… Now I understand it. But at the time it was devastating,” Gilbert said years later.