The gorgeous Melissa Gilbert started her acting career in the late 1960's as a child star and is best known for her role as "Laura Ingalls," the second oldest daughter of "Charles Ingalls" (Michael Landon) in NBC's Little House on the Prairie. 

As an adult she appeared mostly in television including series and films like Killer Instinct, Forbidden Nights, Sweet Justice, Mistaken Identity, 7th Heaven, Nip/Tuckand most recently Dancing With the Stars, and Secrets and Lies.

Little House on the Prairie: Melissa Gilbert shares cute pictures

Originally from Los Angeles, California, the 55-year-old Melissa Gilbert was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 2001, and re-elected in 2003. A couple of years ago she decided to pursue different opportunities related to politics, as she announced her campaign for Michigan's 8th congressional district in the 2016 election for the United States House of Representatives, however, she eventually dropped out due to health issues. 

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Unfortunately the last time we saw the beautiful Melissa on screen was in the 2017 television film Tenurewhere she played the role of "Tilly." Good news is that we can still enjoy some of her throwback pictures on Instagram - "Laura Ingalls" recently posted some adorable images of her childhood and Little House on the Prairie fans just loved them!

Melissa Gilbert

With success come problems and Melissa knows this all to well...

Melissa Gilbert: Her Life After 'Little House On The Prairie'