Actress And Television Personality Melissa Gilbert's Earnings And Net Worth

News by Shally Published on 18 Sep,2019 Updated on 23 Mar,2021

American director and actor Melissa Gilbert has a long history in Hollywood. Her filmography includes The Miracle, Little House Years, Family Of Strangers, and more. As for television roles, she is well-known for her role as Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. The role won her Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in Drama Series in 1983 and 1984.  

She was also the President of the Screen Actors Guild for five years from 2001 to 2005. In 2016, she ran for U.S. Congress as a Democrat in Michigan's 8th congressional district and won. The actress, however, had to drop out because of the neck and head injuries.

Following her decades-long multiple professions, Gilbert has collected a considerable amount of money. So, how much is her net worth? How she lives from her earning? What is her total income from her movies? 

Melissa Gilbert's Net Worth Over The Years: Earnings, Income Sources, Tax

Melissa Gilbert has earned a high figure of money through her hard work in movies, television films, and series. As of 2021, Celebrity Net Worth reported that her worth is $500 thousand. On the other hand, her husband Timothy Busfield currently enjoys a worth of $1 million. 

Gilbert has earned a handsome amount of money from her acting career. As for her role in Little House on the Prairie in 1974, she was paid $25,000 per week. As per the sources, only from her acting roles and TV appearances, she earned $70k in 2014 and $79k in 2015. 

Melissa Gilbert with her husband Timothy SOURCE: Pinterest

Similarly, as per the report from Detroit Free Press, in 2015, Gilbert had an income of around $100,000 and credit card debts of around $60k dating from 2011 and 2012. That year, she and her husband had assets totaling at least $818,000 excluding several pension and retirement funds.

According to the sources, the Dancing with the Stars contestant owed $360,000 in federal income taxes in 2015 and was reported to be working out for the payment. It was not the first time she was involved in tax evasion. In 2013, she was due to pay $112,000 as federal income taxes. At the time, she released the statement revealing her financial problem was the reason for the defer in payments.

Melissa is also an author who has written numerous books like Prairie Tale: A Memoir ($21.30), Daisy and Josephine: With Audio Recording, Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns, Flowers and Mandalas ($6.99), The Rifle Chronicles ($9.99), and many others.

Professional Career

Gilbert put her step in Hollywood as a child actress in 1967, appearing in the movie The Reluctant Astronaut. A year later, she worked in the television series The Dean Martin Comedy Hour.

Talking about Gilbert's acting career, she got her first significant role as Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie in 1974. She worked in 191 episodes of the series. She was nominated for various awards and also won Young Artist  Award for Best Young Actress in Drama Series.

She also worked as a voice artist in the 1990's Batman: The Animated Series. Gilbert was also a participant on Dancing with the Stars in 2012, which was hosted by Brooke Burke Charver and Tom Bergeron

Melissa has appeared in dozens of movies and television series like Family of Strangers, Little House: Bless All the Dear Children, The Miracle Worker, Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story, Family Secrets, Dying to Remember, Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, and many others.

Melissa Gilbert's House and Car

The 55-year-old American actress and her husband, Timothy Busfield, live in a lakeside house in Michigan. The house spreads up to 2,500 square feet. Other features of the house and the cost of the house are not revealed to the media. 

Melissa Gilbert Gold's ring gifted by her husband on their wedding anniversary SOURCE: Instagram 

She rides a sports car with a detachable hood. Melissa's husband gifted her a gold ring on their 5th wedding anniversary. She shared the photo of the ring on her Instagram.

Melissa Gilbert: Short Bio

Melissa Gilbert was born on 8th May 1964 in Los Angeles, California, United States. She belongs to a White ethnic background.

She is married three times. At first, she married actor Bo Brinkman in 1988 and divorced in 1992. After her first divorce, she married Dakota Paul Brinkman in 1995 and remained married to him until 2011. She shares a child Michael Garrett Boxleitnerof with her second husband, Brinkman.

The 5 feet 3 inches tall actress married husband Timothy Busfield in 2013. The couple doesn't share any children. They are living a happily married life in Michigan as of 2019.

Her spouse Timothy Busfield is an American actor and director who is most known for his role as television series thirtysomething for which he received an Emmy Award for a supporting actor in 1991. His other notable projects include Field of Dreams and The West Wing. He is also the founder of the 501(c)(3) which is a non-profit children's theatre Fantasy Theatre for Children and B Street Theatre.

She published her autobiography in 2009 where she revealed about her battle with alcoholism and drug abuse.