Alison Arngrim Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 25 Aug, 2018
Facts of Alison Arngrim
Date of Birth: 1962 , January-18
Age: 56 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Alison Arngrim
Birth Name Alison Margaret Arngrim
Father Thor Arngrim
Mother Norma MacMillan
Nationality American
Birth Place/City New York City
Ethnicity White
Profession Actress
Net Worth $400 thousand
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Bolnde
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Robert Paul Schoonover (m. 1993), Donald Spencer (m. 1989)
Divorce Robert Paul Schoonover , Donald Spencer (DIV.1993)
Siblings Stefan Arngrim
Books Confessions of a Prairie Bitch
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Alison Arngrim is a Canadian-American actress, a comedian as well as an author, known for her portrayal as Nellie Oleson in an American western drama television series, Little House on the Prairie alongside Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle and many more.

In 2002, Arngrim was honored with Former Child Star- Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Young Artist Foundation for her work as a child actress on Little House.

Early Life And Education Of Alison Argrim

Alison Arngrim was born Alison Margaret Arngrim on 18th January 1962 in New York City. She belongs to White-American ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Arngrim’s moved to Los Angeles with her family. Her father, Thor Arngrim was a manager at one time handling Liberace’s career whereas her mother, Norma MacMillan was a Canadian voice actress.

Arngrim also has an older brother, Stefan, former child actor, starred in the TV show, Land of the Giants.

Alison Arngrim's Career

Alison Arngrim began her career as a child star in 1974, portraying Nellie Oleson in an American western drama television series, Little House on the Prairie. In 2002, she was honored with Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award from Young Artist Award.

Later, Arngrim appeared in the episodes of TV series Fantasy Island as Lisa Blake, The Love Boat as Becky Daniels. She also made her appearance in the movie, The Last Put on Earth, GET RID OF the Anchor!, Make the Yuletide Gay and Le deal.

She also recorded the comedy album, Heeere’s Amy as first daughter, Amy Carter and her mother also guest starred in the album.

After, leaving the show, Little House on the Prairie, she was also a frequent panelist on the short-lived NBC game show, Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour.

Alison Arngrim's Net Worth And Salary

Alison Arngrim's estimated net worth is $400 thousand, at present. She has earned a decent amount of salary from her career.

Alison Arngrim is active in the industry since 1972, she started her career as a child artist, and now she is one of the successful Hollywood female stars. She worked on many movies and series which helped her to add more value to her net worth.

Her notable works include Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, I Married Wyatt Earp, and Make the Yuletide Gay.

Her TV series, Little House on the Prairie was a massive international hit, and IMDb rated the show with 7.4 stars out of the 10. The show also succeeded had massive TRP at that time.

She has received a nomination for Young Artist Award: for Best Young Comedienne in 1981 for her work in Little House on the Prairie and also received a nomination for TV Land Award: for "Siblings That Make You Grateful for Your Own Crazy Family" in 2008, for her work in Little House on the Prairie.

She won Young Artist Award: Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, for Little House on the Prairie, and TV Land Award: for "Character Most Desperately in Need of a Timeout" in 2006 for Little House on the Prairie.

Alison Arngrim's Personal Life

Alison Arngrim is a married woman, exchanged vows with musician Robert Paul Schoonover in 1993 in an intimate ceremony. The duo first encountered at AIDS Project Los Angeles where she served as volunteer and  Schoonover was director of the Southern California AIDS Hotline.

Previously she was married to Donald Spencer, a writer. The duo tied the knot in 1989, and after four years of marriage divorced citing irreconcilable differences. They had no children.

Arngrim has been romantically involved with René Simard. The duo dated for almost three years before breaking up in 1984. As per the report, he was her first boyfriend.

In 2004 at the Larry King Live show, she fearlessly spoke about the sexual abuse which she experienced in her childhood by her family member, but she hasn't mentioned the name of the abuser.

However, in 2010 through her autobiography, 'Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hate,' Arngrim publically revealed her childhood abuser for the first time. She mentioned, she was raped at the age of 6 by her own older brother, Stefan and it continued for three years until she cast in the movie Throw Out the Anchor. Though the abuse ended, the effects of it stayed with her for a long time.

The book earned a huge success, and she received critical and public acclamation for her ability to mix humor and personal tragedy at the same time. Her book was one of the best selling books of 2010.

Arngrim was very close to her Little House fellow co-star, Steve Tracy who played the role of her husband in the series and their friendship continued after they left the show. Later, it was found that Tracy had AIDS and he died in 1986 because of complications in his health. After the death of her friend, she set her sights on becoming an activist for AIDS awareness.

Besides this, she is also active in other issues, such as child abuse and is involved with the group PROTECT.

In 2010 interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry she told, she is very close with her co-star, Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura in the Little House on the Prairie and even referred to as her best friend. She said,

"We’re Twittering and Facebooking and texting each other”

She added,

“This seems to blow people away, that the two girls who were mortal enemies, were constantly punching each other, were rolling in the mud, we were best friends. We were at each other’s house every weekend having slumber parties.”

Arngrim is currently living a happy life. She has not involved in affairs and relationship in the past.

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