Karen Grassle, who is now 78 years old, knew from an early age what she wanted to be when she grew up. After majoring in English and Drama at the University of Berkeley, she received a scholarship from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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The role of her lifetime: "Caroline Ingalls"

The Little House on the Prairie audition was her first big audition and she beat forty-seven other actresses for the role. She soon became known worldwide as "Caroline Ingalls".

The Little House on the Prairie cast: Karen Grassle, Michael Landon, Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay Greenbush, Melissa Gilbert, and dog Bandit

Michael Landon played "Charles Ingalls" her husband, a farmer and mill worker. He also directed 87 of the 203 episodes produced. When the series ended after eight seasons, Grassle went on to appear in smaller productions for the big, as well as the small, screen, such as Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat and Wyatt Earp

Karen Grassle is also an activist

Over the years, Grassle has remained true to her calling, appearing in films such as Tales of Everyday Magic and My Greatest Teacher. She is also a women's rights activist and founded one of the first women's shelters in the United States.

Actress Karen Grassle at The Cable Show on April 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Karen Grassle's Personal Life

Actress Karen Grassle has had three husbands through the years. She was married to Leon Russom from 1966-1970, then to James Allen Radford from 1982-1987 and finally to Dr. Scott Sutherland from 1991-1997. She has one daughter named Lily Radford whom she shares with real estate developer James Allen Radford.