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.
Good stuff. I enjoyed the tone it was written in. Only things that made me a little confused are how someone remembers so many specific things when their 3-5 yrs old (there were... Read morePublished 1 day ago by MTC
She's not horrible, she's not perfect, she's just human. A very touching, interesting and informative book. An excellent read for all Little House fans.Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
Just what I'd hoped it would be: a little bit dishy about the Little House set, a lot intimate about her personal life, and ultimately uplifting to see how great she has turned out... Read morePublished 5 days ago by S. Mock
Alison Arngrim is am amazing person who has a good head on her shoulders. Her character of playing Nellie Olsen in Little House on the Prairie has enabled her to do much good in... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Gerry
I loved this booked and believed everything Alison said made me want to be her friend in real life and hang out with her. She is the real deal, nothing phony about the womenPublished 14 days ago by paul02151
I admire Alison' s courage to put her life and the pain as well as the happiness she managed despite her tumultuous family life. I love her wicked sense of humor. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Patty Fisher
Alison is truly a good actor/ writer/ person. Her book offers insight coupled with humor which is how she prevailed in life especially when it wasn't always so rosy. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Lady V
I wasn't a hughe LHOTP fan, but I didn't dislike the show. That being said, I loved this book. Alison was hilarious and so real. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Christina C. Felder