What is Melissa Gilbert’s Net Worth?
|Net Worth:||$500 Thousand|
|Born:||8 May 1964|
|Salary:||$100 Thousand (Annual)|
Melissa Gilbert is an American actress and director Born in California and has a net worth of $500 thousand. Melissa is well known for the NBC series “Little House on the Prairie” as well as the films “The Miracle Worker” and “Anne Frank’s Diary”.
The late actor and comedian Paul Gilbert, and actress Barbara Crane adopted Melissa. Gilbert’s parents later divorced, and Gilbert stayed with her mother. At the age of 11, Gilbert’s father passed away. Gilbert was raised in a Jewish religion but did not have any formal education or any religious norms growing up.
Melissa started appearing in commercials and TV shows as a child. Her first role as a child was on the television show ‘Little House on the Prairie as Laura Ingalls Winder from 1874 to 1983. This show became a huge hit during the years it aired. She also appeared in several television films such as ‘The Miracle Worker and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank.’ On the completion of her show, she starred in more movies and feature films including some famous ones such as, ‘Sylvester’, ‘Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia wife’, ‘Without her Consent’, ‘Killer Instinct’, ‘Hollywood Wives: The new Generation’ and many more to name.
She had a close relationship with Michael Landon, who was like a father figure to Gilbert since her adoptive father died. They had separated as Gilbert found out about Landon’s affair with the Little House makeup artist. Years later, she learned that Landon had pancreatic cancer and visited him in Malibu, where Landon was bedridden. Landon passed away one week after Gilbert visited him. In 1995, Gilbert named her son which she had with her second husband, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael, honoring the late actor.
Gilbert has starred in ‘Choices of Heart’ as Jean Donovan, a biopic, and as Anna Sheridan in 3 episodes of ‘Babylon 5’. Her contribution to the television industry was rewarded by ‘The Hollywood Walk of Fame, where she received a star on the Hollywood Boulevard in 1985. She was a voice actor for ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and voiced Barbara Gordon/Batgirl from 1992 to 1994. She then landed the leading role as Kate Delcroy on ‘Sweet Justice’ from 1994 to 1995. From 2001- to 2005, Gilbert was the President of the Screen Actors Guild.
Gilbert also went on a tour for the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ musical and played Caroline Ma Ingalls. The Broadway was featured on US National Tour for the year 2009-10. In 2009, she released an autobiography titled, ‘Prairie Tale: A memoir’. In 2012, Gilbert even went on to participate in ‘Dancing with the Stars but was subsequently eliminated during her eighth week.
She was first dating Rob Lowe and then went on to marry Bo Brinkman, who she met via Dennis Quaid and Randy Quaid. The duo married in 1988 and had a son. But the duo split in 1992. Bruce Boxleitner’s ex-wife set Gilbert with him and started dating on and off for a year. She was engaged thrice, and the engagement was broken twice by Boxleitner. The duo finally married in 1995 and had a son together. The duo split in 2011. In 2013, Gilbert married Timothy Busfield and currently lives together in New York.
Gilbert in her 2009 memoir, has mentioned that she had battled drug abuse and alcoholism. She has also been in the spotlight for her tax issues, failing to pay her taxes on time and having a federal tax debt of $360,000 and $112,000 for California State Taxes.
As of 2022, Melissa Gilbert’s net worth stands at an estimated $500,000, and has an annual income of $100 thousand. In 2016, she ran for Michigan’s 8th congressional district elections to the United States House of Representatives. Being a nominee, she soon dropped out of the elections due to health issues.