Sunday, February 13, 2011

Carrie Ingalls from the show Little House on the Prairie played by Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush

Rachel Lindsay Rene Bush and Sidney Robyn Danae Bush were born May 25, 1970, in Hollywood, California.  The are famous for taking turns playing the role of Carrie Ingalls on the TV show Little House on the Prairie.

Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush both played Carrie Ingalls in the TV show Little House on the Prairie

Lindsay and Sidney made their acting debut playing the role of Jill Hayden in the TV movie Sunshine in 1973 co-starring Cristina Raines, Cliff De Young, Brenda Vaccaro, Meg Foster, Bill Mumy, Alan Fudge, and James Hong.

Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush seen together here played the role of Carrie Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie

It was in 1974 that the twins were cast to take turns playing the role of Carrie Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie.  They co-starred with Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls), Mellissa Sue Gilbert (Laura Ingalls), Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Victor French (Isaiah Edwards), and Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey).  They switched off and on to play the role, however, in an episode in 1978 called "The Godsister", the twins actually appeared together on screen. In 1979 they also starred in the special TV movie Little House Years along with the other show regulars.

Little House on the Prairie cast members  Front:  Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls), Sidney-Lindsay Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls) , Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls)  Back:  Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls), Linwood Boomer (Adam Kendall), Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls), Matthew Laborteaux (Albert Quinn Ingalls)
Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush seen together here played the role of Carrie Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie
Michael Landon with Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush on the set of Little House on the Prairie

After Little House on the Prairie, the twins went their separate ways in terms of acting.  Sidney starred in Hambone and Hillie co-starring Lillian Gish, Candy Clark, O.J. Simpson, Jack Carter, Alan Hale Jr., Anne Lockhart, Timothy Bottoms, Paul Koslo, and Nancy Morgan (1983).  Lindsay Greenbush starred in an episode of Matt Houston with Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Steven Keats, Ken Olandt, and Kellye Nakahara of M*A*S*H fame (1983).

The Greenbush twins retired from acting and returned to their normal family lives and school.  They graduated from high school in 1988.  

Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush after their Little House on the Prairie days

Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush
Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush

Lindsay Greenbush now lives in California and is heavily involved with the sport of boxing.  Aside from being a boxer herself, she works with children and adults teaching and instructing boxing.  Sidney Greenbush also lives in California and owns a horse ranch.  She breeds and trains championship horses in the central California area.

Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush in their later years
Lindsay Greenbush today

Sidney Greenbush today
Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush today


  1. Excelent work ! Good times...

  2. Good times indeed. What memories of days gone....

  3. O filme OS PIONEIROS foi um dos melhores filmes da época,e até hoje ainda esta passando aqui no Brasil na tv a cabo da vivo....canal....656..(.Tcm) não perco um dia se quer....fiquei triste em saber que o michael landon ja não esta mais entre nós....mas com certeza ele esta em um lugar bem melhor do que esse, .juntinho com o pai nosso Deus...

  4. These girls playing the role of Carrie did nothing for the series. They were wooden in their speaking, stiff and unnatural. We can certainly understand why their acting careers didn't take off. One can only wonder how they were chosen, if there was an audition.

    1. They were 4 yrs old. What were you expecting?

  5. Amazing!! I just found out at my age of 39 that Carrie was played by twins! Still love watching the show brings back lots of memories as I relate to Loura the best being the middle of three girls and also the tom-boy!