Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert biography
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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Melissa Ellen Gilbert


TV actress, producer, writer

Birth Date

May 8, 1964


55 years

Zodiac Sign



Los Angeles, California, United States


The Buckley School



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Melissa Gilbert family members

Father's Name

Paul Gilbert (adoptive)

Mother's Name

Barbara Crane (adoptive)

Siblings names

Jonathan Gilbert (younger half-brother), Sara Gilbert (younger half-sister)

Is Melissa Gilbert a lesbian/bisexual?


What is Melissa Gilbert marital status?


Who is Melissa Gilbert husband?

Timothy Busfield

When did get married?

April 24, 2013

How many children does she have?

2 (sons Dakota Paul Brinkman and Michael Garrett Boxleitner)

Melissa Gilbert relatives


Melissa Ellen Gilbert is not just Sara’s older sister, but also a famous actress and TV director. She is a biological daughter of Kathy Wood and David Darlington. Her parents were not married, and gave her for adoption a day after her birth.

The baby girl was adopted by two actors, Sara’s mom Barbara Crane and her then-husband, a comedian Paul Gilbert, whose real name was Ed MacMahon. She grew up with a stepbrother Jonathan Gilbert, who was adopted by her parents either.

Melissa Gilbert

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When Melissa turned 8, her parents divorced. She left with her mother, but stayed connected with her father, too. Three years later her father committed a suicide, because he suffered from constant pains. Paul participated in World War II and was injured. His old wounds hurt him so much, and one day he decided to end it up.

Melissa’s mother re-married, and gave a birth to her younger stepsister Sara. They have always been close.

The girl started career of an actress at an early age. She began from commercials, and then gradually moved her way to the big screen. She rose to fame as an actress of the series “Little House on the Prairie”. Probably, that was the most popular work in her career.

After the end of the series, she participated in other interesting projects. Melissa played the main role in the biopic drama “Choices of the Heart”. Then she acted in the drama “Babylon 5”.

Among her recent screen appearances was the show “Dancing with the Stars”. She danced in the 14th season of the show. Her partner was Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She occupied the 5th place.

In addition to her career on television, Gilbert tried her hand as a writer and authored an autobiography “Prairie Tale”.

Currently the woman is married to an actor Timothy Busfield. He is the third husband of Melissa. Previously she tied a knot and divorced with Bo Brinkman and Bruce Boxleitner, both actors. Gilbert is a mother of two sons, Dakota Paul Brinkman (with Bo) and Michael Garrett Boxleitner (with Bruce).

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  • Heather says:

    You writers really need to learn the definition of “step-sibling.” Unbelievable ignorance. smh

  • Lina says:

    I think she looked fine pre plastic surgery. Hope she finds happiness with her current husband Her biggest asset is her gentle voice.

  • dea lauranoff says:

    Melissa is very blessed that she was adopted by loving people yet sad that she lost her father through divorce and suicide this must have made her a very strong person to go through everything she was going through I have loved watching her grow up she’s not that much younger than myself I’m 68