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.
Alison Arngrim, who played a golden-curled little monster on the famous "Little House on the Prairie" TV series of 1970s, had grown up being sexually abused by an older brother... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Banshee
It's a good book. You do get a behind the scenes look at how the show was filmed and the way actors behaved off-camera. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Stop for the One
Such a great read! Alison Arngrim is so entertaining and funny, and she really appreciates her fans! Read this, and then attend one of her shows or 'Little House' events. Read morePublished 8 days ago by SeeTheUS
I loved this tell-all story. Great inside stuff about all the characters. I was not a fan of Nellie originally (the girl you wanted to hate) but now I want to watch some re-runs. Read morePublished 9 days ago by gibbsjacker
Great story, even if it is all true! I was touched by the deep, heartfelt actions, relationships, and strength she showed through all that life had to throw her way. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Regan Dugger
Great read! Poignant, honest account of her life before, during and after Little House. The best of the three books written by stars of the show. Read morePublished 17 days ago by C. G. Shea