Secrets you never knew about LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE

Little House on the Prairie is one of the most beloved television shows ever – enjoyed by families for decades. But there is much you might not know about the real-life Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the books upon which the series was developed. And, like Laura’s life, the show was not without its own brand of drama – on and off camera.

Laura’s early life was hard. It included moves through a number of states and the loss of a baby brother. In 1930, at over 60 years old, Laura wrote her first manuscript – Pioneer Girl. Every publisher who read it rejected it. But, that didn’t stop her. she reworked it into nine separate manuscripts and the rest is history.

The idea for the show began when a successful producer noticed his daughter reading the Little House books while she recovering from illness. He took one of the books and sneaked it to his office to begin developing the cherished program. From bickering beginnings to an explosive – really explosive – ending, the show included 204 episodes over 10 years. Loyal fans will enjoy a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes facts like who Willie Oleson’s sister is in real life, how many “Laura’s” were tested before the right one was found, and which of the cast members were real-life friends.

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