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Prairie Tale: A Memoir Hardcover – June 9, 2009
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Melissa Gilbert was one of the truly admirable teen idols back in the '70s and an extraordinarily talented actor to boot. Her story, much of what I already knew from keeping up with her Tiger Beat and People magazine interviews through the years, is incredible and this book just reminds us that what we may perceive as the audience members of someone else's supposed "perfect" life, may very well be quite the opposite.
Gilbert is honest, irreverent, hilariously funny, and even when she's "dropping names" it doesn't feel like anything except that she is grateful for knowing and working with the legends she refers to.
Michael Landon, Rob Lowe, Patty Duke.....all very important people to Melissa - the people who truly shaped her life respectively. And so many more......but it never feels pretentious or "I bet you wish you were me".....she is just 10000% REAL when revealing the ups and downs of her colorful life. And what a life. I am so glad she had the courage and moxy to put pen to paper and share it with the people who've followed her since she was the adorable little girl on "Little House."
I also hope that young, ambitious and up and coming actors read this book because Gilbert is also the picture of dedication and professionalism sans the ego that seems to follow this generation of performers.
Melissa Gilbert is an inspiration. Her life is a wonderful lesson in perseverance, loyalty, and not taking "no" for an answer when you know deep in your heart that there's a better one.
A must read!!!
Melissa keeps her bumps in the road interesting and never once appears to be reaching out for pity as a means of distracting us from the unpleasantness in her life.
I would have preferred to keep her up on a pedestal but despite the revelations regarding her less than perfect behavior, the book kept my attention and moved along at a good pace. I especially enjoyed the snippy tidbits regarding Kent McCord, Valerie Harper and Sally Kirkland. I'll never be able to think of them the same again. Someone should write a comedy about the SAG meetings!
Lets hope the publicity from the book will bring Melissa back to prime time, or at least another TV movie.
This was a good summer read; you won't regret the purchase.
When I read the accounts of Melissa's Little House years I took note that she cried when Victor French departed for LA after filming the pilot and then she never mentions him again. She wrote about drinking, partying and having plenty of sex during the time frame that he died but she never mentioned visiting him or attending the funeral. When Michael Landon was dying she admitted to not having seen him in quite some time and then she reluctantly made her goodbye visit and then gave a eulogy at his funeral. Still no mention of Victor's death 2 years earlier and Michael had long been out of her life prior to his getting gravely ill. I guess they may not have been as close as Melissa made it seem in the earlier part of her book. I was also sensing some strong self-absorption.
It seems as the book progresses and Melissa allegedly matures nearly every paragraph becomes some crisis that sends her reeling and crying and having hissy fits. How exhausting! And then the section about her presidency of the Screen Actors Guild is a yawner.
If you want to read about someone who has fame, money, plenty of friends and travels all over to make films all the while whining and complaining and having emotional breakdowns then this is the book for you. I'm still incredulous over the time her husband had sex with a hooker right in front of her and she just went to bed and left him with the hooker. LA must be a crazy place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Melissa is not a writer but it is nice to see what her life was like as she grew up as Half Pint from the "Little House" days. Read morePublished 14 days ago by prairiewriter63
This was a gift for my wife. She watches this show on cab;e every afternoon.Published 1 month ago by Gene Gall
I grew up with Melissa Gilbert watching her on Little House on the Prairie as a little girl myself back in the 70's and I always really liked her, but after I read her book and her... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Paul's Mom
Although this book held my interest, I didn't really enjoy reading about the ins and outs (pun intended) of her love life with every man she's ever known. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean Pickard
This had some good points ... like her rebelling against her mother's attitude that Rob Lowe would make a great " ... first husband." I'd rebel against that too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patty Elaine