‘Little House’ star Melissa Gilbert trade ‘Green Acres’ life in Michigan to New York City

Melissa Gilbert, 54, “the Little House on the Prairie”, which ran from 1974 to 1982.

(Associated Press)

“The little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert is leaving her small-town Michigan life in New York City — after years of laying roots in the Midwest, including a short-lived run for a Michigan congressional seat.

The TV star from the 1970s and ’80s — along with her Emmy-winning actor-director husband, Timothy Busfield — leaving her restored Victorian home built in 1890 for a downsized place in the Big Apple.


Actress Melissa Gilbert is running for Congress in Michigan

Gilbert, also a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, says both she and Busfield are “from scratch” and claim that they move for work reasons.

“I’m a bit in the semi-denial,” Gilbert admitted on a local radio show Friday, adding that the couple has already been living full-time in New York since October, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“This is the most incredible five years, just here,” she remembered her entire life in Michigan. “I tried to describe what Michigan has meant to me and what is here meant by me, and the best way to describe it is to say it is my blanket. I have the safe and comfortable and happy and at peace and content, and this is the perfect place to have it.”

“A bit like ‘Green Acres’ without the farm and glamour.”

– Melissa Gilbert Michigan

Earlier, she told Fox News that her life in Michigan — in a town of about 9,000 people — was ‘ a little ‘Green Acres’ without the farm and glamour.”

“For the first few weeks it was a bit like living in an exhibition in ‘Jurassic Park’, because they had never seen anything like us here. People would drive by really slow looking at the house. It felt as if we were the T-rexes. It is a kind of evened out now,” she continued.

“For the first few weeks it was a bit like living in an exhibition in ‘Jurassic Park’, because they had never seen anything like us here.”

– Melissa Gilbert, describing her arrival in Michigan

Gilbert said at the time that they came to the state “create a film and television and theatre industry” and benefit from a large tax incentive for films and television” and “a great talent pool here.”

The move to Michigan for artistic reasons, turned political after Gilbert announced her candidacy for a U.S. House seat in 2015. But she abruptly ended her run due to health reasons.

An estate in the sale will be held later this month, the sale of some of its precious assets, including “the Small House” memorabilia such as the sheet music for the show signed by the composer, and some electronics.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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