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Melissa Gilbert opens up about Tom Cruise romance

January 24th, 2014 3:20am EST
Tom Cruise
Melissa Gilbert has opened up about her brief romance with Tom Cruise before he became a movie star.

The former Little House on the Prairie actress enjoyed a number of high-profile relationships when she was younger, dating stars like John Cusack, Scott Baio, Rob Lowe and rocker Billy Idol.

Gilbert wrote about many of her former lovers in a 2010 autobiography, but she has rarely mentioned her fling with young Cruise until now.

In a candid interview on U.S. chat show Watch What Happens Live, she confirmed long-running rumours that she dated the Top Gun star, revealing, "It's true. Actuall...

Melissa Gilbert undergoes treatment for migraine pain

January 2nd, 2014 8:30pm EST
Melissa Gilbert
Actress Melissa Gilbert is celebrating the new year pain-free after undergoing a revolutionary new procedure to put a stop to her severe headaches.

The former child star of Little House on the Prairie has long endured debilitating migraines and neck pain, but she underwent a nerve-blocking injection at the Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor just before Christmas (13) and it appears to have solved her health problems, reports the National Enquirer.

Taking to her blog the day after undergoing the anti-inflammatory procedure, the 49 year old wrote, "Good morn...

Melissa Gilbert Hospitalized With 'Mild Concussion And Whiplash'

April 10th, 2012 8:12am EDT
Melissa Gilbert
Actress Melissa Gilbert was taken to the hospital on Monday night after sustaining a nasty head injury during her performance on Dancing With The Stars.

The former Little House on The Prairie star took to the dance floor for a routine with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but viewers noticed she was missing when all the competitors appeared together at the end of the episode.

The show's host Tom Bergeron told the audience that Gilbert had to leave the studio to see a doctor after hurting herself during the routine. He said, "She injured herself and as a precaution she's gone to...

Season 14 Cast Of 'Dancing With The Stars' Revealed

February 28th, 2012 11:00am EST
Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Cast
The new celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars has been released on Good Morning America, and we have the full list right here. The cast ranges from actresses to football players to musicians.

Jack Wagner is a soap opera star most known for his roles on General Hospital and Melrose Place. His pro partner is Anna Trebunskaya.

Melissa Gilbert is known for her child acting role on Little House on the Prairie, which she started when she was nine. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is her pro partner.

Donald Driver is wide receiver for the 2010 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in 19...

Jason Bateman: Greatest Career Resurrection Ever?

July 7th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
jason bateman
One of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now was practically living in obscurity 15 years ago. The second act of Jason Bateman’s career is almost as unbelievable as it is well-deserved. After a career-boosting (heck, career-reviving) role on Fox’s short-lived sitcom “Arrested Development,” Bateman has become ubiquitous in Hollywood comedies and pretty much synonymous with the passive-aggressive straight man character. This weekend, his new movie “Horrible Bosses” opens nationwide co-starring Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey. The cast, which mi...

Our Favorite TV Moms: A Mother's Day Special

May 6th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Home Improvement
Let’s be honest: I doubt that any of the moms on this list are as awesome as your own mother (suffice it to say that none of them are as amazing as mine). But these women, these television moms, are certainly worthy of mention. You may have grown up with some of them or you may have watched them last week, but one thing’s for sure: they’re moms, and they’re pretty terrific. So, in honor of Mother’s Day (and in no particular order) I present our favorite TV moms.

1. Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Was Joyce kind of clueless? At first, yeah, but her clueless na...

Melissa Gilbert Keeps Facebook Status As 'Married'

March 18th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Melissa Gilbert
"Little House On The Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert is working on salvaging her 16-year marriage after announcing the split earlier this month.

The former child star declared she had separated from actor Bruce Boxleitner, 60, on March 1.

But it appears the 46 year old is trying to resolve her marital problems - according to tabloid the National Enquirer, Gilbert is still living with her second husband as they work things out.

And the actress has avoided falling back into her troubled ways after years of sobriety following an alcohol and drug habit.

The magazine reports Gilbert still list...

Melissa Gilbert & Bruce Boxleitner To Divorce

March 2nd, 2011 9:27am EST
Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner have announced they are splitting after 16 years of marriage.

Hollywood power couple Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner have announced they will divorce after 16 years of marriage.

"We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together," the 46-year-old Gilbert said in a statement to E! News. "On behalf of our family we ask to be allowed our privacy during this very difficult time."

Gilbert, a former child star best known for her role as Laura Ingalls in the much-beloved Little House on the Prairie TV series, st...

Melissa Gilbert Says Miley Cyrus Wanted People To See Her Smoking A Bong

December 16th, 2010 8:55am EST
Melissa Gilbert
Former "Little House On The Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert has questioned Miley Cyrus' motives for allowing her pal to film her smoking a bong - insisting the teen superstar "wanted to get caught."

The 18-year-old Hannah Montana star sparked outrage last week after film footage of her smoking a huge pipe, allegedly containing the legal high Salvia, hit the web.

The video has led to Cyrus being slammed by anti-drugs groups, but Gilbert - who has battled alcoholism and substance abuse issues in the past - is adamant the star meant for fans to see the footage of her intoxicated.

She told Dav...

Did Melissa Gilbert Do Something To Her Face?

December 13th, 2010 3:00pm EST
Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert attended the "TRON: Legacy" Los Angeles premiere with her husband Bruce Boxleitner, and is it just our imagination or does she look a little nip and tucked? With those very wide eyes she sort of looks Joan Rivers-esque.

What do you think?

The former "Little House on the Prairie" actress is the face of the anti-narcotics campaign group Partnership at Gilbert has battled alcoholism and substance abuse issues in the past, and this fall she signed up to help the organization, which offers parents advice on how to prevent kids falling into drug use.


Shannen Doherty Needs A Fashion & Career Intervention

December 9th, 2010 12:00pm EST
Shannen Doherty
Shannen Doherty attended the launch of Devon flagship store in Beverly Hills yesterday wearing a leather black vest, black pants and suede knee-high boots.

The former "Beverly Hills 90210" star recently appeared in the made-for-television movie "The Big One" on the Hallmark Channel. She also performed on "Dancing With The Stars." She appears in the upcoming sci-fi TV film "Witchslayer."

Someone please give Shannen a juicy role that matches her vixen personality!

Fun fact:

Shannen started her acting career playing Jenny Wilder in the 1982 season of "Little House on the Prairie."


Alison Arngrim Slams Disney Over Their 'Imploding Emotionally' Child Stars

November 3rd, 2010 12:35pm EDT
Alison Arngrim
Little House On The Prairie actress Alison Arngrim has accused bosses at media giant Disney of creating a "factory" churning out child stars who are all destined to "implode emotionally".

Arngrim, who shot to fame at the age of 12 in the long-running TV show, admits she was devastated to hear Demi Lovato has cancelled a tour with the Jonas Brothers and checked into rehab to deal with "emotional and physical issues." And the actress is adamant Lovato's employers at Disney are to blame for the rising number of child stars who suffer meltdowns as they grow up.

She tells the New York Post, ...

Melissa Gilbert Signs Up For Anti-Drug Crusade

October 7th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Melissa Gilbert
Former Little House On The Prairie star Melissa Gilbert has a new role - she's the face of anti-narcotics campaign group Partnership at

Gilbert has battled alcoholism and substance abuse issues in the past, and she's now signed up to help the organization, which offers parents advice on how to prevent kids falling into drug use.

The actress, who was also president of the Screen Actors Guild for four years, says in a statement, "I come at the issue of addiction from so many angles. I myself am a recovering alcoholic, six years sober... as a young teen in the 1980s, I more t...

In Honor Of Fathers Day: 10 Best TV Dads

June 19th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Mike Brady, Hank Hill, Cliff Huxtable
Since Father's Day is this Sunday, we wanted to take some time to honor some of the best TV dads of all time. So, loosen your belt, crack open a beer, plop down on the recliner and check out which fantastic fathers made our Top 10!

Ward Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver - Ward, as played by Hugh Beaumont, was THE prototypical middle-class suburban dad of the late '50s and early '60s. He was an all-American guy who worked hard all day, appreciated his wife and acted as the moral compass for his sons, Wally and Beaver. Even though the world has changed a great deal since LITB aired, Ward's influen...

Melissa Gilbert Reveals All About Rob Lowe Split, Miscarriage

June 5th, 2009 9:09am EDT
Melissa Gilbert
Former Little House On The Prairie star Melissa Gilbert has opened up about losing Rob Lowe's baby and the actor himself in a new tell-all book.

The actress met the ageing hunk when she was just 14 and fell "hopelessly and stupidly in love," and agreed to marry the actor when he proposed in 1986. But, in Prairie Tales, Gilbert talks about her heartache when she suffered a miscarriage after a nervous Lowe called off their romance.

After telling Lowe she was pregnant with his child, she tells People magazine, "He said very softly, 'I can't be a father.' Before I could respond, he...

New TV On DVD, Nov. 4

November 4th, 2008 8:00am EST
Tori & Dean Inn Love
We may have missed out on having Tori Spelling in the Beverly Hills, 90210 remake, but there's enough of her to go around. Check her out in Tori & Dean Inn Love season 2. Also on DVD: Little House on the Prairie, the complete series; Futurama: Bender's Game.

Lawsuit Filed Against 'Little House' Museum

October 15th, 2008 12:13pm EDT
The maker of the classic TV series Little House On The Prairie has filed a lawsuit against a nonprofit organization running a small museum in Kansas with the same name.

Bosses at California-based Friendly Family Productions filed court documents last week in Los Angeles federal court against Little House on the Prairie Inc., claiming trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution. The family farm, located in the southeast region of the state, was the site of the book Little House on the Prairie - where writer Laura Ingalls Wilder lived between 1869 and 1871.


The Emmy's 60th Anniversary: Fans Get To Vote For Best Comedy And Drama Moments

August 28th, 2008 11:27am EDT
All In The Family
As a means of celebrating its 60th Anniversary (really, are we just going to have a garish celebration for any year ending in 0 or 5 now?) Emmy has decided to name the most memorable moments from both Drama and Comedy on TV.

The best thing about this countdown is that the fans get to decide. On the Emmy website are a list of 20 funny moments and 20 serious scenes just begging for your vote. You only get to choose one in each category, so you're going to need some help. You'll find it below as each category is narrowed down to the five best. Also listed are some moments that shouldn...

Supporting Superhero: A Look At The Stand-Out Film Roles Of Jason Bateman

July 1st, 2008 10:11am EDT
Jason Bateman
In the early part of his career, Jason Bateman was known as the cute sandy haired boy from the wholesome TV family. Beginning with Little House on the Prairie and taking it through "Silver Spoons" (where as the best friend he became part of the extended family) and "Valerie," he wore that role like it was his own skin. Only as he aged (like with 2001's "Some Of My Best Friends" and later with the critically acclaimed "Arrested Development") did he start to include sarcasm into his portrayals, opening up a world of possibilities for him to steal scenes in a number of feature films.

In ...

Melissa Gilbert Cast In 'Little House' Musical

May 29th, 2008 2:12pm EDT
Melissa Gilbert
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Melissa Gilbert is returning to ''Little House on the Prairie'' - but this time playing the mother of her character from the popular television series.

Gilbert, 44, will play ''Ma'' Ingalls in a musical version of the ''Little House'' books that will open at the Guthrie Theater this summer. The actress portrayed Laura, the signature character in the '70s TV series that starred Michael Landon.

Kara Lindsay will play Laura in the musical. The role of ''Pa'' Ingalls will be played by Steve Blanchard, who starred for eight years on Broadway as the Beast in Disney's ...

Our Favorite Fictional TV Towns

May 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
South Park
Many television series are based in real-life cities (Full House - San Francisco; Family Matters - Chicago; and Beverly Hills, 90210 - Beverly Hills). Even though several TV towns are fictional, TV fans can't help but wonder what it'd be like to live there.

Here's a look at some of our favorite fictional TV towns:

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)

Stars Hollow, which was founded in 1779, is a small town in Connecticut that's home to some very eccentric characters. From Rory and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), to the grouchy Luke Danes and the always stranger Kirk, ther...

Notes & Quotes

March 13th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra is dating Korn rocker Rob Patterson. The Scary Movie star, who has previously been married to basketball wildman Dennis Rodman and Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, admits she has a thing for men with "a little edge." She says, "I definitely have a type."

"I hear he's doing very well. A lot of people have cancer, and a lot of people pull through. Let's hope that happens." Susan Sarandon is philosophical about Patrick Swayze's pancreatic cancer battle.

"If I was just starting in this business, I'd probably have to lose 20 pounds." Former child star Christina...

Michael Landon's Daughter Prays For Patrick Swayze

March 8th, 2008 1:06pm EST
Patrick Swayze
The stepdaughter of cancer victim Michael Landon has urged Patrick Swayze to keep his health battle to himself after suffering through a media hell that dogged her father's last days.

Little House On The Prairie star Landon lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 1991, and Swayze's diagnosis has brought painful memories back for his stepdaughter Cheryl.

She recalls reading articles about her father's health in the tabloids - before he'd told family members, and she hopes Swayze will be spared that as he fights for his life.

Cheryl says, "What the tabloids did to my father w...

Eva Longoria Recalls Setting Fire To Her Parents' Property

January 24th, 2008 8:54am EST
Eva Longoria
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has been banned from letting off fireworks on her parents' Texas estate - after torching an acre in a fiery mishap.

The actress was celebrating Christmas "a few years back" when her parents and sisters were forced to come to her aid after she accidentally set fire to the property.

She recalls, "It was a little fire... only an acre. We play with fireworks at Christmas and one year... one of mine set a big bush on fire. We had to do a water-bucket line to put it out, like in Little House on The Prairie."

-Eva Longoria Pictures


TV Land To Air Classic Christmas Episodes Dec. 24 & 25

December 24th, 2007 8:00am EST
All in the Family
Jingle Bells ring when TV Land rolls out a collection of classic Christmas episodes during TV Land's 8th Annual Merry-thon. The 24-hour celebration airs Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, December 25 from 5:00pm - 5:00pm (ET/PT).

The marathon will feature some of America's favorite television families including -- The Ingalls, The Jeffersons, The Bunkers, The Bradys, and more.

Tune in as the Ingalls recall their fondest memories of Christmases past, Louise help George find the father he never knew, Cindy ask Santa for help and Edith and Archie feast on a holiday dinner.


Celebrity Birthdays, December 4

December 4th, 2007 3:00am EST
Tyra Banks
Happy Birthday to busty supermodel Tyra Banks (1973), Shawn Carter a.k.a. rapper Jay-Z (1970), My Cousin Vinny actress Marisa Tomei (1964), "The Big Lebowski" actor Jeff Bridges (1949), Beach Boy Dennis Wilson (1944; d. 1983), British actress Gemma Jones (1942), actor, screenwriter and hillbilly Max Baer, Jr. (1937), "Little House on the Prairie" actor Victor French (1934; d. 1989), Russian-born artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866; d. 1944), and Sioux Indian chief Crazy Horse (1849).

Spooky Celebrity Birthdays, October 31

October 31st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Beastie Boys
A Happy Spooky Halloween Birthday to 80s rap icon Vanilla Ice (1968), Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz a.k.a. the "King Ad-Rock" (1966), The Hot Chick Rob Schneider (1963), baseball player Fred 'Crime Dog' McGriff (1963), U2 drummer Larry Mullin Jr. (1961), Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson (1961), comedian John Candy (1950), Days of Our Lives mainstay Deidre Hall (1947), Irish thespian Stephen Rea (1946), Saturday Night Live alum Brian Doyle-Murray (1945), Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon (1936), former CBS anchorman Dan Rather (1931), German photographer Helmut Newton, actr...

'Little House On The Prairie' Producer Ed Friendly Dies

June 20th, 2007 1:35pm EDT
Veteran TV executive Ed Friendly has died at the age of 85. Friendly died at his home near San Diego, California, on Tuesday after a year-long battle with cancer.

He was best known as co-creator of the 1960s comedy series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and producer of family drama Little House on the Prairie. He also worked for major broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC but later formed his own production company Ed Friendly Productions.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

May 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Matt Stone
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and TV actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...

Melissa Gilbert Returns To The Prairie

March 18th, 2007 9:30am EDT
Melissa Gilbert
Screen Actor's Guild president Melissa Gilbert is to revisit her Little House On The Prairie past - starring in a workshop of a musical version of the TV series.

The 46-year-old will play Caroline Ingalls, mother of Laura Ingalls, the character she played as a 10-year-old in 1974.

Gilbert will share the stage with Dirty Dancing heart-throb Patrick Swayze, who will play husband Charles Ingalls in the Rachel Portman-composed piece, Prairie.

The show will be presented in April and closed to the public. Producers are planning to tour the show throughout the United States befor...

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