News Archives: 2004
featured in this weeks National Enquirer
Kevin has come public about how Michael Landon cheated him out of money and how he is battling terminal cancer. This magazine is the January 3. 2005 edition. Vol. 79. No. 26
The Mercantile has been updated with many new products. We have also added the newly released DVD "Happy Birthday To Me" starring Melissa Sue Anderson. Also, for Christmas we now have Melissa Gilbert's Christmas movie "Holiday for Love."
Pictures added of Kyle Richards
Our friend Paul, over at Kyle Richards Online has recently contributed three recent pictures of Kyle Richards at a premier party promoting her nieces (Paris Hilton) series "A Simple Life". Kyle is best known to Little House Fans as Alicia Edwards. To view these recent pictures click here. Also, be sure to check out Kyle's sisters Web site at www.kimrichards.net. Kim also appeared on Little House as Olga.
Murphy now available on DVD
Michael Landon's spin-off to Little House on the Prairie, "Father Murphy" is now available on DVD for purchase. Father Murphy stars Merlin Olsen, Moses Gunn and Timothy Gibbs. Note: For fans who have never seen this series, Merlin Olsen and Moses Gunn do not play the roles of their characters on Little House. To purchase the complete first season click here. Amazon currently has this season for 10% off.
AIDS Walk 2004
Alison Arngrim recently participated in the Seattle Aids Walk an annual event. To view pictures and a story about this event visit Alison's Official Web site or click here. A good read!
Turtle Drum starring Melissa Sue Anderson coming to DVD!
UPDATE: This item is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! See the Mercantile!
Beat The Turtle Drum" starring Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Sue
is scheduled to be released on DVD October 12, 2004. To pre-order your
copy for only $9.09 click
Tidbit: "Beat The Turtle Drum" won two Emmy Awards.
Greer Days on tap
Plans are once again being finalized for the annual Dabbs Greer Days.
The city of Anderson, Missouri will recognize one of their own the first weekend of October, on Oct. 2 and 3. The event celebrates a local man who made good in the entertainment industry, Dabbs Greer, who is perhaps best known for his role as the Rev. Robert Alden on television's "Little House on the Prairie."
Greer, who was born in 1917 in Fairview, Mo., moved to Anderson with his family while an infant. His father operated a drug store in the community, while his mother was a speech therapist.
"Growing up there was like growing up anywhere else," he said in a 2002 interview with the Neosho Daily News. "When you're a kid, you really don't think much about it, you live day to day. I still have some good memories of the place, and I've never called any other place home, although I've lived in California for 50 years.
"One thing about a small town like Anderson is you get to know people intimately. You can't do that in a big city. It was a beautiful city then, and it's still beautiful. We would fish, have adventures, just do the things that boys do in a rural community."
Greer was 8 when he got his first acting experience, this on the stage of a children's theater production. After graduating from Anderson High School, he attended Drury College in Springfield and earned a bachelor's degree. Greer then served as head of the drama department at Mountain Grove High School from 1940 to 1943.
Greer made his film debut in the 1938 20th Century Fox production of "Jesse James," which was filmed primarily in Pineville.
"Just like everybody else in the county," he laughed in 2002. "The folks at 20th Century Fox didn't realize this, but that picture really put McDonald County on the map. And they were paying $5 a day -- a day! -- to local people for being extras. That was really good money in those days, more money than most of us had seen in a long time. That picture was beneficial for the whole area."
Greer played several parts in the film, including a man in the street, a well-dressed young man and a Confederate soldier.
Greer finished his education, taught a few years, then went to Pasadena, where he was offered a job at the community playhouse. He was at the Pasadena Playhouse for seven years, leaving it for a career in films, including "Father's Little Dividend" with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor; "Monkey Business" with Cary Grant; and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Audiences today have seen him in such films as "Con Air" and "The Green Mile" where he plays the elderly Paul Edgecomb.
Television appearances include the Brady Bunch, where he portrayed the minister who married Mike and Carol Brady; Gunsmoke, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Picket Fences. He's probably best known for his long-standing role as Rev. Alden in Little House on the Prairie, a television series based on the books of another Missourian, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Independent Feature "Heart of The Storm" for Melissa Gilbert
Earlier this year we reported that Melissa Gilbert was filming an independent film called "Heat of The Storm" in New Orleans. We are now happy to report that this film will debut at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival on November 5, 2004. More information TBA.
Alison Arngrim movie finally released!
In 1975 Alison Arngrim starred in comedy "Throw Out the Anchor" as the role of "Stevie." Alison's official web site states this film is now released and available for the public to purchase.
Shannen Doherty Appearance and a possible new role?
Shannen Doherty (Jenny Wilder) is set to return to the realm of the primetime soap as the actress has signed on for a three-episode arc on Fox's North Shore. She'll play Alexandra Hudson, the long-lost sister of series star Brooke Burns. Doherty's deal, which will see her first appearance on the September 20 episode, includes an option to become a regular should the series continue beyond its current 13-episode production run.
Labor Day with Little House!
This Labor Day, September 6, 2004 the Hallmark Channel will be having a Little House on the Prairie marathon. To view the episodes that will be airing click here. That same link will also give you times you can catch Little House on TV throughout the month.
on the Prairie Public Reunion
According to a few cast members there is "Talk" of a public reunion in June of 2005. Dates, times and locations will be announced at a later date.
on the Prairie Tie-In Edition
Laura, Ma, Pa, and the rest of the Ingalls family return to television this Fall in a new miniseries. This book features cover art from the show. The tie-in book re-tails for 6.99. You can purchase this book at your local book store or you can purchase it online by clicking here.
Alison Arngrim will be appearing at the AIDS Walk in Seattle on Sept 26, 2004. Alison will also be doing a comedy show in Seattle to benefit the AIDS Walk on Sept 25, 2004. For more information about the AIDS Walk visit www.aidswalk2004.org.
Walnut Grove Banker Dies
Our warmest regards to the family of Sam Edwards. Sam played the Walnut Grove Banker, Mr. Anderson from 1978-1983. Sam died July 28, 2004. Sam can be remembered best for the Little House 9th season episode "Little Lou" from when he tried to give Billy Barty a job at the town bank.
Prairie Fans Web site updates!
NEW WEBSITE DESIGN! What do you think about the new look? Email us. To kick off the new look, we have added new pictures to the recent cast image area and have updated the press kit 2 area and the cast images 2 areas in the photo album. As requested by fans, we have added names to the before they were little house stars area. To see all these new things check out the Multimedia page.
Little House; Season
6 & 7 on DVD!
Season 6 will be available for purchase on October 26, 2004. You can pre-order your copy via Amazon today by clicking here. A reliable source told us that season 7 will be available for purchase in January of 2005. No official date known yet. Soon as we have more information we will post it here. As of now the news of season 7 is just a rumor.
Greenbush Twins Help Kelli
Lindsay & Sidney Greenbush (Carrie), recently donated some autograph pictures and Little House vintage memorabilia items to help raise money for Kelli Jaunsen a 20-year-old girl who lives in Palm Desert, CA who is in desperate need of a heart and liver transplant. Because she has 2 failing organs, her insurance company has refused to pay for the life-saving operation. All proceeds minus any EBay fees will go to the Kelli Jaunsen Survival Fund. To bid on this auction click here.
Independent Feature for Melissa Gilbert!
Melissa Gilbert is currently in New Orleans working. Shooting an independent feature called "Flood of Fear" With Tom Cavanaugh and Brian Wimmer, we will keep you posted with more info as soon as we have it.
Source of News: www.gilbert-boxleitner.com
Appearance this June!
Alison will be appearing at the Donna Reed Festival in Denison, Iowa, in June 21 -2 6. For information about this festival visit www.donnareed.org.
Source of News: www.hgd.com/alison
Landon is Ranked #4 TOP TV DAD For Little House!
To us Little House fans Michael Landon will always be #1! In this weeks issue of TV Guide of June 20-26 They rate Michael Landon as PA Ingalls #4. Click the image on the right to see full size article.
Vintage Autograph Items!
PrairieFans.com is sponsoring a 7 day eBay auction with autograph vintage Little House items. Click the green links below to see what we have to offer! Up for auction is an autograph vintage Knickerbocker Carrie Ingalls doll autographed by Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush, A Vintage 1974 TV Little House book signed by Lindsay and Sidney inside, a beautiful 11x17 color vintage poster of Carrie Ingalls signed by Lindsay and Sidney and a classic cast photo signed by Lindsay Greenbush. If your a fan of the Greenbush Twins than these auctions are for you! All proceeds made from these auctions will go towards paying for this site.
Season 5 Treats!
Fans your in for a real treat with Season 5! Patrick Loubatière has live interviews with Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden) featured on this set. To see screen caps click here for Dabbs Greer. Click here for Alison Arngrim. If you would like to order Season 5 today from Amazon click here. If you would like to purchase your copy from Imavision click here. Share your comments and thoughts about Season 5 in our Little House forum on this website.
NEW Little House Features!
We are happy to report with the help of Little House fan Scott White; we now have AOL IM and MSN Messenger buddy icons! As requested by fans. Also on request we now have desktop wallpapers. To view both of these new features visit the multimedia section on this website or click here. If you would like to see something on this site please don't hesitate to email us! We do listen and we do read every letter sent to us!
meet Dean Butler!
This year during "Laura Ingalls Wilder Days" in Burr Oak, IA. Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) will be making a guest appearance. Dean will be meeting with fans and signing autographs. Come visit with him on June 12 and the 13th.
NEW Pictures Added!
We have added new pictures to the black and white area, before they were Little House Stars, Cast images 2 and Current cast images area. Thanks to Georgia for some of the new pictures!
The Discovery Fund For Eye Research 2004
On May 27, 2004 The Discovery Fund For Eye Research is launching its 4th annual "Seeing the Stars," celebrity charity eyewear and memorabilia auction on eBay. Melissa Gilbert (Laura) has generously donated a pair of her glasses and a signed photo for auction to benefit the Discovery Fund's medical research and patient education programs for Macular Degeneration, Keratoconus, Diabetic Retinopathy and Ocular Herpes.
Okotoks prime location for
filming of "Little House"
By Cindy Ballance
Senior reporter for Western Wheel
Its rolling hills, tall grasses and prairie skyline has made Okotoks a prime location for the filming of an all-time classic ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ Filming for the upcoming ABC six-hour mini-series, which will air under the ‘Wonderful World of Disney’ banner, began 17 days ago in the Okotoks area and so far, the story is being played out without a hitch.
The film is based on the series of autobiographical books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and veers from the NBC series that ran for 183 episodes between 1974 and 1983. Ed Friendly, the original creator of the television series, was asked to take on the project and is now executive producer from a script by Katie Ford. David Cunningham is the show’s producer.Filming for the three back-to-back, two-hour movies took place all at once at various locations in Calgary, at the Albertine Farms just off Highway 552 near Okotoks and John Scott’s ranch east of Longview along the Highwood River.
The locations were chosen due to their spectacular vistas, their close association with the script and the fact that they are in close proximity to the city. Other locations included the site of the Lonesome Dove town, CL Ranch, west near Bragg Creek as well as Elbow Falls in Kananaskis, Fish Creek Park and the Frozen Ghost Reservoir. John Scott’s ranch represents the Town of Independence, the closest town to the Ingall’s farm. The little house is located on the Albertine Farms site and the CL Ranch was the Town of Pepin from where the Ingall’s first ventured.
Much of the show’s interior or nighttime scenes have been filmed in a Calgary warehouse where a replica little house has been built to scale. As the seasons change the actors will take their positions outside in order to capture the transition from winter to spring.
There will be 71 days of production, with about 100 actors and 200 crew members mainly from the Calgary area. All extras in the film are from Calgary. Cam Chapman, the producer’s assistant, explained that while the popular TV series focused more on Michael Landon, the newest film is more closely true to the books which tell the tale of a close-knit family coming of age in the Midwest frontier and the relationship between Laura Ingalls and her father.
“This is based on the original books rather than the 70s TV series which strayed from the books quite a bit,” said Chapman. “The film is more from Laura’s point of view and her relationship with her father.”
Wilder wrote the books based mostly on true life stories after being encouraged to chronicle her childhood, by her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, a prominent newspaper columnist and magazine writer.
The movie focuses on the hardships the family had to face while traveling across the Midwest in the 1870s and 80s.
The movie begins with the family staying at Caroline’s parent’s home in the bustling city of Wisconsin. The family then sets out across America to chart out a new home. The film follows the family through their excursions until they finally settle on a place outside the Town of Independence. The film highlights the hardships of setting up a homestead and with the Ingalls family forming relationships with the Indians in the area.
Animals also play a major role in the show with four dogs playing Jack the dog as well as cougars, wolves and bears making an appearance.
In one scene, the family is asleep in their cabin when Charles is awoken by a shriek. He grabs his gun, but when he goes to see what the problem is he is jumped by a cougar. Eventually a neighboring Indian lends Charles a hand. The cougars made an appearance at the Best Western in Okotoks recently as their owners of Action Animals were preparing for the scene.
Cast members in the film include Cameron Bancroft to star as Charles Ingalls. Bancroft was recently seen in CBS’ ‘Undercover Christmas’ and ‘Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron.” He joins Erin Cottrell as Caroline Ingalls (originally played by Karen Grassle). Cottrell is best known for her roles in ‘Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde’ as well as daytime soaps ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘All My Children’. She also had a guest-starring role on NBC’s ‘Ed.’ Cottrell said after playing a sorority girl in Legally Blonde 2, the role of Mrs. Ingalls was an interesting transition.
“What attracted me the most to her is how strong she is especially for a time when women were really perceived as kind of second class,” said Cottrell after filming a scene in a Calgary warehouse.
The strength of pioneer women was amazing, said Cottrell, a Los Angelos resident. They had to know how to survive off the land, take care of the children, put out fires and chase off wolves.
“That is something I don’t think women today, as strong as we see ourselves, we don’t have the capacity to fight off the elements that I think women did at the time.”
In order to get into the role of Mrs. Ingalls, Cottrell said research played an important role as well as becoming a part of the pioneer lifestyle for the three-and-a-half months of filming.
“You are creating a life and a lifestyle here. You are immersing yourselves in the lives of these people,” said Cottrell.
Playing the delightful Laura Ingalls (original played by Melissa Gilbert), is the charismatic Kyle Chavarria. Chavarria has been acting for five years and has co-starred on shows such as ‘According to Jim’ and ‘The Agency’. She has also been on commercials for McDonald’s, Ford and Smuckers.
She said she likes playing the role of Laura Ingalls because she is such of a tomboy - a similar trait to her own personality. What she likes best about being a part of the film, however, are the people.
“Everybody is so nice especially Hans and David, the director and producer, and you practically know everybody by now. They are just all very nice,” said the enchanting nine-year-old.
Chavarria also enjoys being able to work with ‘Mary’.
Starring as Mary is Danielle Ryan Chuchran, 10, who is best known for her role as Thing One in ‘The Cat in the Hat’ starring Mike Myers. Chuchran and Chavarria have a close friendship and spend much of their time off the set together.
For Chuchran playing Mary is fun. What she likes best about her character is the fact that she is prim and proper and a ma’s girl. “Laura is more of a pa’s girl,” said Chuchran, “but Mary wants to be just like her mom when she grows up.” While the girls say they have a lot of fun on the set, they also work hard not only to delve into their character roles but also to keep up on their schoolwork. But both say they have an advantage over other kids their age.
“It’s kind of better because you get to learn more things. Kyle and I are way ahead of our class,” said Chavarria. “I mean, 27 kids to one teacher, that’s kind of hard. Well, it’s one teacher and two kids so it’s very easy.” While the cast and crew continue working on the project, many viewers are anxiously awaiting the release of the movie series where they may catch a glimpse of their homeland in Alberta. It is anticipated that Little House on the Prairie will air sometime this fall.
Little House Memorabilia for sale!
Looking for a new shirt or a new cap to wear or even a Little House teddy bear? Show your love for Little House by visiting "The Oleson's Mercantile" at café press. Many exclusive and one of a kind items to choose from and the best part is, all the items are set at a reasonable price! To see what's currently in stock simply log on to the following link.. www.cafeshops.com/prairiefans
Pamela Roylance Is In A New Commercial!
We have just learned Pamela Roylance (Mrs. Carter) is in a new Aspirin commercial and is expected to air on TV for the next 11 weeks! Be sure to look for it!
Posted 3-27-04 (Source of news Sherry Soltis)
Sidney's NEW Book!
Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls) have started working on their first book that will feature never before seen pictures of them and their family and lots of other cool info. They have a publisher now and they ask that if you want to be notified when the book is ready to send your name and mailing address or email to SRGreenbush@aol.com, so they can compile a mailing list for the new book. No date is set when the book will be released, but rumor has it maybe by mid Summer. Posted 3-25-04
Little House Season 5 DVD NEWS!
Imavision has officially reported that Season 5 of Little House will be available for purchase on June 29, 2004! You can pre-order it on the Imavision website in a few weeks.
Little House On The Prairie Pictures!
We've just added over 70 pictures to the Photo Gallery. To view the new images look for the word "NEW" in red and "UPDATED" in red. Many never before seen pictures added too! Enjoy!
Up for auction is Bonnie Bartlett's
(Grace Edwards) belt buckle with the Ingalls home pictured on the front
and inscribed on the back "Thanks Bonnie Bartlett" than Michael Landon's
signature. This was a personal gift given to the cast from Michael during
the 75-76 season of Little House On The Prairie. To bid
on this truly unique collectable click the following link.
Congratulations to Melissa Gilbert!
Melissa, is receiving the Gene Autry award this weekend in New Hall,
Little House On The Prairie Ringtones!
If you have Sprint PCS, Cingular, AT&T, or a T-mobile cell phone than you are in luck! www.3gupload.com has the Little House On The Prairie theme song ringtone that you can download to your phone. You also can upload your favorite little house pictures to there website and send them to your phone as wallpapers. All you pay is a one time donation fee of 5.99 and its worth it! You'll have a prairie phone in no time! Mrs. Olsen would even go for this one!
Richards (Olga, Town Party, Country Party) is making her first east coast appearance this March at
the Super Mega show! Come visit her on March 12, 13, and 14. Kim will be
autographing items and talking with fans. Kim is also the sister of Kyle
Richards (Alicia Edwards) and aunt of Paris Hilton. Kim also starred in 17
Disney movies best known for "Escape To With Mountain" she is second to
Haley Mills for having the longest running contract with Disney. For more
information about the Super Mega Show visit
Little House Mini Series, Cameron Bancroft as PA!
ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Cameron Bancroft has been tapped
to star as Charles Ingalls in ABC's six-hour miniseries based on author Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic "Little House" series of autobiographical books about American frontier life. He joins Erin Cottrell, who was previously cast in the "Wonderful World of Disney" project as Caroline Ingalls. Other additions to the cast include Kyle Chavarria as Laura Ingalls and Danielle Ryan Chuchran as Mary Ingalls. Bancroft was recently seen CBS' "Undercover Christmas" and "Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron."
(source of news: The Homesteader)
Shannen Doherty (Jenny Wilder) has just
signed a deal with NBC to star in her own TV sitcom. It is yet to be
titled. Shannen will be shooting the pilot in a few weeks. Her new show is
about a young woman who is stuck with a reputation of being headstrong and
nasty, but is nice and fragile at heart. Also, she has a role in a new
movie called "Night Light" a.k.a "View of Terror" which is going to be
aired on March 1st, at 9 PM est. More information TBA.
Danielle Chuchran as the new Mary Ingalls on Little House!
Danielle Ryan Chuchran "Dani" was born June 9, 1993 and has an older brother and an older sister as well as several nieces and nephews. Dani enjoys softball, soccer and
competitive dance and competitive gymnastics where she's won several competitions and she does stunt work! Let's not forget horses, Dani loves to ride horses at her aunt and uncles ranch. She is best known for her role as "Thing One" in The Cat in the Hat. Dani's current project is playing the role of the new Mary Ingalls on ABC's Little House On The Prairie.
Melissa Sue Anderson played the original Mary Ingalls on the original
Little House On the Prairie from 1974-1982. Production
for the new Little House series will start in March in Calgary, Canada.
Keep checking back for more information!
Little House Mini Series, Kyle Chavarria as Laura Ingalls!
Chavarria has been cast as Laura
Ingalls in the new ABC mini series "Little House On The Prairie." Kyle is
9 years old, and has been acting for 5 years. She has co-starred on
various shows such as "According to Jim" and "The Agency", as well as
being a principal on many national commercial campaigns for "McDonald's",
"Ford", and "Smuckers" to name a few. Kyle has seen all the original
episodes, and is very excited to portray such a wonderfully
three-dimensional character. Melissa Gilbert played Laura in the original
TV show and Meredith Monroe played Laura in the '99 TV movie. Production
for the new series will start in March in Calgary.
The webmaster a.k.a "Hips" of the
popular "Little House On The Prairie Encyclopedia" website wanted to let
you all know that the website is only temporary down and will be returning
back online later in the spring to commemorate the show's 30th
The Little House Site Tours Newsletter
is now available online at
This was made possible to help operating costs down. The newsletters will
know longer be mailed out. If you are a member and you don't have internet
access you'll need to email
to let the publisher know for you can get your copy by mail.
A French version of PrairieFans.com is
still in the works and should be completed soon! We are also working on a
German version too that should be ready at the end of Summer 2004.
Autograph photos are now for sale on
Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush's Official Site (Carrie). Over 20 photos to
choose from. All photos are hand signed by our favorite twins. Photo's are
really cheap too! Go check it out!
Little House On The Prairie Marathon on Super Bowl Sunday!
We have just learned that the Hallmark Channel will be having a LHOTP Marathon during Super Bowl Sunday on February 1st 2004. Below is what they have scheduled to be played. Check your local listings for correct times.
1- The Fighter
2:30 - Be My Friend
4- No Place Like Home, 1 and 2
6:30 The Godsister
8 - Dance With me
9:30 - Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow
Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (Carrie
Ingalls) currently have an auction on eBay. The girls are selling a copy
of there script used on Little House during the fifth season. The script
is hand signed by both girls. To bid go to the following link
More autographed items from these girls
will be available for sale during the next few weeks. Visit the girls
official site at
Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) has
written a guide on how to get into show business in her own little style.
Go check it out by visiting her official site at
Homesteader - Laura Ingalls Wilder and the 21st
Fans, are you a major fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books? The Homesteader is a treat for you! The Homesteader is a current print newsletter about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family and books. For more information visit the Homesteader website at www.coloransas.com/homesteader.html
Kyle Richards (Alicia
Edwards) will be on The E! True Hollywood Story's segment of "The Hilton
Sisters." Kyle is the aunt of Paris and Nicky Hilton. Kyle will be
interviewed several times. To see when this episode airs in your area
Appearances" has been updated for January. In the TV
listings area you can find out when your favorite Little House actor is
going to make an appearance in a movie or guest on a show. This feature
can be found by clicking the link above or by visiting the information
section on this site. Also, don't forget to sign Alison Arngrim's birthday
card! See front page!