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.
I love how this book gives a real life, in depth look at her life. It wasn't just about little house.... It was about HER.Published 11 days ago by deezy
I really respect her for putting this out there. She had some really hard things in her personal life that she was able to turn into advocacy for children when she became an adult. Read morePublished 13 days ago by JH
Between Melissa's and Alison's memoirs, this is the more entertaining one.Published 13 days ago by JCM
Book was okay. Interesting in some sections. Glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't spend money on it.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Unexpectedly engaging and wonderfully illuminating about the people involved with Little House on the Prairie! A really enjoyable book to read.Published 23 days ago by Jean M. Johnson
I loved this book. For any fan of Little House this is a must read. Alison Angrim's deadpan humor is addictive and I found it hard to put the book down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rita J. Iwanski
Very funny and inspiring book. Alison is a great story teller. I loved the chapters on the Little House years and things that went on behind the scenes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stacey Shay