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Melissa Sue Anderson Biography

Melissa Sue Anderson
  • Age: 55 years old
  • Birth Nation: United States of America
  • Birth Sign: Virgo
  • Birth Name: Melissa Sue Anderson
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Birth Place/City: Berkeley
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Profession: Actress
  • Net Worth: $1.5 million
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Face Color: White
  • Famous for: Mary Ingalls
  • Married: Yes
  • Married to: Michael Sloan (m. 1990)
  • Children: Piper Sloan, Griffin Sloan
  • Books: Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House, MORE
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Melissa Sue Anderson is an American-Canadian actress, known for her portrayal of Mary Ingalls in an American western drama television series, Little House on the Prairie along with Adrienne Maloof,
Alison Arngrim, Karen Grassle and many more.

In 1990, Anderson married Micael Sloan, a writer, producer, as well as a director. The pair has two children: daughter Piper and son Griffin. 

Early life and education

Melissa Sue Anderson was born on 26th September 1962 in Berkeley, California, U.S. She belongs to White-American ethnicity and holds an American nationality.

Anderson was the younger of two daughters and her older sister, Maureen was 12 years senior to her. At the age of 7, her family moved to Southern California. Her parents divorced when Anderson was thirteen years old.

Due to her asthma, she was encouraged to get involved in activities including dance class where her dance teacher encouraged her to take acting lessons. Later, she started working as a child actor.


Melissa Sue Anderson began her acting career in the early 70s as a child actress. With her golden hair & blue eyes, she was a hit with casting directors.

Anderson was a guest-actress in the family television series, The Brady Bunch: Never Too Young (1973) and theatrical film, Shaft (1973). 

In 1974, when she was 11, she had her big break when Anderson appeared as Mary Ingalls in an American western drama television series, Little House on the Prairie.

At the end of the fourth season of the show, Little House on the Prairie, her character went blind; after this storyline aired Anderson got nominated for Emmy awards in the lead actress category. 

During the period in Little House on the Prairie, she pursued other opportunities and was cast as a guest-starred on The Love Boat. She also performed in which Mother Is Mine?, and won the Emmy Award in 1979. 

After ending her role in Little House on the Prairie, she starred in the 1981 Canadian slasher film, Happy Birthday to Me as Virginia Wainwright. She also guest-starred on shows like The Equalizer and Murder, she wrote.

Personal life

Melissa Sue Anderson married a writer, producer & director, Michael Sloan in 1990. The couple is blessed with two children, Daughter; piper born in 1991 and son, Griddin; born in 1996. She decided to focus on motherhood instead of acting.

In 2002, Anderson along with her family moved to Canada, and her husband became Canadian Citizens in 2007.

Anderson wrote an autobiography entitled The Way I See It - A Look Back at My Life on Little House.  On the Today show in 2014, she also participated in the Little House cast reunion.

Net worth

American-Canadian actress, Melissa Sue Anderson has appeared in some movies and television series and earned a decent amount of salary. Her total net worth is estimated around $1.5 million.

Anderson’s movie, Happy Birthday to Me made a box office collection around $10.6 million. Her autobiography, The Way I See It - A Look Back at My Life on Little House was sold for $12.79 per copy.

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