‘Little House on the Prairie’ Cast Members Reveal They Took Hair & Wood From Set

Little House on the Prairie (from left): Mathew Laborteaux, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Sue Anderson, 'Make Them Proud, Part II', (Season 6, ep. 619, aired Feb. 4, 1980), 1974-1983
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While Little House on the Prairie aired on television in the 1970s, it remains beloved and popular today. The cast continues to reunite from time to time to discuss the show and interact with longtime fans. During a recent panel at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco, several of the stars admitted that they took some odd items from the set of the show.

Alison Arngrim, Leslie Landon, Karen Grassle, Wendi Lou Lee, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Matthew Labyorteaux reunited at the event just ahead of the show’s 50th anniversary. Grassle, who played Caroline Ingalls, revealed, “I was not offered anything for a souvenir from ‘Little House.’ But my hairdresser quietly gave me my hair and I actually used it from time to time when I was still young in parts where I needed a lot of beautiful hair, you know, because that wasn’t my hair. I had hair but we blended and [her hairdresser] used to speak of artistic disarray when he arranged that hair, you know. So, that’s on the shelf in the laundry room.”

Alison Arngrim, Leslie Landon, Karen Grassle, Wendi Lou Lee, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Matthew Labyorteaux attend the "Little House On The Prairie" Photocall during the 63rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival on June 15, 2024 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

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Arngrim, who played “nasty” Nellie Oleson in the show, said that she kept scripts as keepsakes. She added that she wished she had kept more and shared, “I didn’t know that I was gonna be leaving when I left. And so I would have had to have stolen something, and they frowned upon that.”

Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983) Karen Grassle, Michael Landon, Melissa Sue Anderson, Melissa Gilbert & Lindsay Greenbush

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Labyorteaux, who portrayed the Ingalls’ adopted son Albert said that he was given a souvenir from the show by the series’ star and creator Michael Landon himself. He explained, “Every now and again, I’d go back and say hello to Michael and his offices at MGM studios. And during one of my visits, he said, ‘I have something for you.’ And he had a, like a piece of wood. The very last episode, they blew up the entire town because I think the story was a land baron was coming in to buy it all up and they, in a sign of protest, they blew it up. And he kept a chunk of wood from one of the buildings and said, ‘Hey, I saved this for you,’ and gave it to me. And I still have it.”

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