Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Karen Grassle who played Caroline Ingalls in the TV show Little House on the Prairie

Karen Grassle was born February 25, 1942 in Berkeley, California.  She is most famous for playing Caroline Ingalls on the TV show Little House on the Prairie.


Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls on the TV show Little House on the Prairie


Karen made her television debut in 1951 appearing in the series Love of Life starring Peggy McCay, Jean McBride and Ken Roberts.  It would be 23 years before she would make another television appearance.  This time it would be a starring role as Caroline Ingalls in the TV show Little House on the Prairie. She would co-star with
Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls), Melissa Sue Gilbert (Laura Ingalls), Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls), Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert (Willie Olsen), Victor French (Isaiah Edwards), and Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey).  Grassle would play the role of Caroline until 1982 when she decided to leave the show.

Karen Grassle


The cast of Little House on the Prairie in the early years. Front: Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls), Lindsay/Sidney Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls) Back: Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls), Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), Melissa Sue Gilbert (Laura Ingalls also called "half-pint" by Charles Ingalls)
Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls on the TV show Little House on the Prairie
Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls) and Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) on the TV show Little House on the Prairie


During her run on Little House on the Prairie, Grassle made an appearance on the TV series Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, and Amanda Blake (1974); Hallmark Hall of Fame: Emily, Emily co-starring Pamela Bellwood, James Farentino and John Forsythe (1977); The President's Mistress co-starring Beau Bridges, Susan Blanchard, Larry Hagman, Gail Strickland, and Joel Fabiani (1978); Battered co-starring LeVar Burton, Mike Farrell, Chip Fields, Joan Blondell, Howard Duff, Diana Scarwid, Keith Coogan, and Ali Giron (1978); Crisis in Mid-air co-starring George Peppard, Desi Arnaz Jr., Greg Morris, Dana Elcar, Michael Constantine, Fabian, Denise DuBarry, Don Murray, and Martin Milner (1979); Little House Years co-starring the regular show cast (1979); Harry's War co-starring Edward Herrmann, Geraldine Page, David Ogden Stiers, and Elisha Cook Jr. (1981); and
The Love Boat starring  Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Jill Whelan, and Ted Lange (1981);

Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls on the TV show Little House on the Prairie
Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls) and Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) on the TV show Little House on the Prairie

After Little House on the Prairie, Grassle starred in Cocaine: One Man's Seduction co-starring Dennis Weaver, Pamela Bellwood, Jeffrey Tambor, James Spader, Denise Crosby, and David Ackroyd (1983); Hotel starring James Brolin, Connie Sellecca and Shari Belafonte (1983); Little House: The Last Farewell co-starring  Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Dean Butler, Victor French, Richard Bull, Jonathan Gilbert, Allison Balson, Kevin Hagen, Shannen Doherty, and Leslie Landon (1984); Between the Darkness and the Dawn co-starring and Elizabeth Montgomery, James Naughton, and Michael Goodwin (1985); Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury (2 episodes, 1987-88).



Karen Grassle today

Karen's last known film role was in Wyatt Earp co-starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, David Andrews, Jeff Fahey, Joanna Going, Mark Harmon, Catherine O'Hara, Tom Sizemore, Michael Madsen, Bill Pullman, Isabella Rossellini, JoBeth Williams, and Mare Winningham (1994).



Karen Grassle now

In 2006 Karen Grassle was on stage performing the role of Miss Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy in Winnipeg, Canada. That same year she also performed in the play The Power of Ambition. In 2008, Grassle made appearances as the spokesperson for Premier Bathrooms.


Karen Grassle and Victor Talmadge in The Power of Ambition 2006

Karen Grassle, Keith Burkland, and Kristin Stokes in The Power of Ambition 2006
Recently, Karen Grassle has appeared in commercials for Premier Bathrooms



Karen Grassle in 2009

15 comments:

  1. she´s looking very happy and satisfy-NICE!

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  2. i think she is a very good actress and i really enjoyed watching her on the little house all those years.

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  3. I was curious about Karen, I knew her in San Francisco circa early 1960's at the Actors Workshop...hmm... when I visit my home there again I will keep my eyes open for her...

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  4. Love her haircut....I like my hair like that. I have always loved Karen Grassle!

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  5. She is a good actor I still watch little house on the prairie

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  6. No one could have played the role any better. Love her forever.

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  7. I am the world's greatest Little House fan, and I always aspired to be half the woman Caroline Ingalls was. How corny is that? Love the Little House. Dr TW from SC

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  8. She looks so happy and healthy. Life has done well for her. Love her hair style.

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  9. Lovely and charming woman.
    When I was a child I was in love with her!

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  10. I am 69 years old and I have always loved Little House on the Prairle.
    The best series on TV ever.

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  11. She is a very good actress, and she was always a pretty woman, and she has aged really well.

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  12. I think she is one of the most pretty woman on tv. She made the show , little house.

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  13. love this show and still watch this everyday..and the waltons

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  14. She has the prettiest smile ever!

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