Melissa Sue Anderson

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Melissa Sue Anderson
Born September 26, 1962 in Berkeley, California, USA
Sometimes credited as Melissa Anderson
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Little House on the Prairie Mary Ingalls Kendall 1974–1981 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Brady Bunch
(credited as Melissa Anderson)
Millicent 5x04 - Never Too Young October 5, 1973
The Love Boat Chubs Smith 2x09 - Till Death Do Us Part–Maybe / Locked Away / Chubs November 11, 1978
The Love Boat Cindy Jerome 3x08 - Play by Play / Cindy / What's a Brother For? October 27, 1979
Fantasy Island Amy Marson 3x16 - Rogues and Riches / Stark Terror January 19, 1980
The Love Boat Cathy Cummings 4x08 - The Baby Alarm / Tell Her She's Great / Matchmaker, Matchmaker Times Two November 29, 1980
Little House on the Prairie Mary Ingalls Kendall 8x01 - The Reincarnation of Nellie (1) October 5, 1981
Little House on the Prairie Mary Ingalls Kendall 8x11 - A Christmas They Never Forgot December 21, 1981
Hotel Cassie Ray 1x22 - Lifelines May 9, 1984
Murder, She Wrote Eve Crystal 1x03 - Hooray for Homicide October 28, 1984
Hotel Anne Goldman 3x03 - Imperfect Union October 9, 1985
The Equalizer Yvette Marcel 2x15 - Memories of Manon (1) February 4, 1987
The Equalizer Yvette Marcel 2x16 - Memories of Manon (2) February 11, 1987
The Equalizer Yvette Marcel 3x16 - The Mystery of Manon (1) February 17, 1988
The Equalizer Yvette Marcel 3x17 - The Mystery of Manon (2) February 24, 1988

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Very Good Friends Kate April 6, 1977 ABC Afterschool Specials
Survival of Dana Dana Lee May 29, 1979 CBS Tuesday Night at the Movies
Which Mother Is Mine? Alex Benton September 26, 1979 ABC Afterschool Specials

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares April 30-May 4, 1979
The Hollywood Squares May 28-June 1, 1979

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1978)
Little House on the Prairie

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (1980)
ABC Afterschool Specials: Which Mother Is Mine?


  • Has an older sister, Maureen
  • Moved to Los Angeles, California with her family when she was 7 years old
  • Her parents, James and Marion divorced when Melissa was 13 years old
  • Was raised Roman Catholic by her mother
  • Appeared in commercials for Sears and Mattel as a child
  • Married to TV producer\writer Michael Sloan since 1990; they have two children: daughter Piper (born in 1991) and son Griffin (born in 1996)
  • Melissa and her family moved to Montréal, Québec, Canada in 2002 and they became naturalized Canadians on Canada Day in 2007
  • Released her autobiography, "The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House" in 2010