For seven years, Alison Arngrim played a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on one of TV history's most beloved series. Though millions of Little House on the Prairie viewers hated Nellie Oleson and her evil antics, Arngrim grew to love her character—and the freedom and confidence Nellie inspired in her.
In Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Arngrim describes growing up in Hollywood with her eccentric parents: Thor Arngrim, a talent manager to Liberace and others, whose appetite for publicity was insatiable, and legendary voice actress Norma MacMillan, who played both Gumby and Casper the Friendly Ghost. She recalls her most cherished and often wickedly funny moments behind the scenes of Little House: Michael Landon's "unsaintly" habit of not wearing underwear; how she and Melissa Gilbert (who played her TV nemesis, Laura Ingalls) became best friends and accidentally got drunk on rum cakes at 7-Eleven; and the only time she and Katherine MacGregor (who played Nellie's mom) appeared in public in costume, provoking a posse of elementary schoolgirls to attack them.
Arngrim relays all this and more with biting wit, but she also bravely recounts her life's challenges: her struggle to survive a history of traumatic abuse, depression, and paralyzing shyness; the "secret" her father kept from her for twenty years; and the devastating loss of her "Little House husband" and best friend, Steve Tracy, to AIDS, which inspired her second career in social and political activism. Arngrim describes how Nellie Oleson taught her to be bold, daring, and determined, and how she is eternally grateful to have had the biggest little bitch on the prairie to show her the way.
I would highly recommend this book for all the "Little House" fans.
This is a great insight into the world behind Little House for fans of the show, and is well written and easy to read.
One of the best parts about "Little House" was the character of Nellie Oleson, played beautifully by Alison Arngrim.
This is a very interesting look into the life of the actress who played Nellie on Little House and the Prairie. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Glenda Rutz
Very humorous! I found myself laughing out loud reading it while waiting for the dentist!Published 12 days ago by pickyuser
I loved reading this book! As a child, I watched Little House, and of corse, hated Nellie Oleson! As an adult, who is also a gay man, I am truly inspired by Alison Arngrim, and... Read morePublished 12 days ago by ptami
Liked it much more than I expected. Not my usual fair and only got it because it was on special. I think the vulnerability and honesty of Ms. Amgrim made all the difference.Published 20 days ago by whyNOTme
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Alison is not shy about giving readers an in depth look to her childhood, family issues, and life during and after Little House. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
LEARNING ABOUT ALISON ARNIGRIM'S LIFE WAS SHOCKING AND INTERESTING. IT APPEARS, BASICALLY GROWING UP WITH HER LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE 'FAMILY', HELP GIVE ALISON THE FEELING OF... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Diane Barnett
I grew up watching the Little House show and have continued to watch over the years through re-runs. Nellie was one of my favorite characters to watch. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Betty Boop