Melissa Sue Anderson
Sue Anderson (born September 26, 1962) is an American
actress. She played the role of Mary Ingalls on the
NBC television series Little House on the
Prairie. She starred on the show from
1974 until 1981, leaving after Season 7, but later
appeared in 2 episodes of Season 8 in late 1981.
won an Emmy Award for her performance in Which Mother Is Mine?
(1979). One of her more recent performances was as First Lady Megan
Hollister in the 2006 television mini-series 10.5: Apocalypse.
Anderson was born in Berkeley, California. Her show business career
began when a dance teacher urged her parents to find an agent for her.
She began doing TV commercials, and soon she was in demand for
One of those included that of Millicent, the girl
who kissed Bobby and induced him to see fireworks on The Brady
Bunch. At age eleven, she won her role in Little House
on the Prairie ahead of hundreds of competitors. She left in 1981
and continued acting in television shows like The Equalizer, Alfred
Hitchcock Presents, and Murder, She Wrote.
been described as mild mannered and unpretentious, similar to her Mary
Ingalls character. Her first publicly known romance was with actor
Lorenzo Lamas, with whom she made an appearance in the film series The
Love Boat in which two friends (Lorenzo and Melissa) resist the
matchmaking efforts of their parents. After this short romance, she
dated Frank Sinatra, Jr., who at the time was more than twice her age.
She says, "It was fun, but never really wild. That's just not me."
She won an Emmy Award for her performance in Which Mother Is Mine?,
an ABC Afterschool Special (1979), and was nominated for a 1978
Primetime Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series for
her work on Little House on the Prairie. In 1976, Michael
Landon asked Anderson if she would appear in his autobiographical
film,The Loneliest Runner. Anderson agreed to play Nancy Rizzi,
his first girlfriend, saying she was very thrilled to have been asked.
She also secured a Spanish 'TP de Oro' Award for 'Best Foreign
Actress' for Little House (1980). She was the associate producer for
the next to last TV project Michael Landon
made before dying: Where Pigeons Go to Die (1990).
In 1998, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at
the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City,
With husband Michael Sloan, she has two
children, daughter Piper (born February 1991) and son Griffin (born
She has lived in Montreal, Quebec,
Canada since 2002. She and her husband became naturalized Canadians in