The most surprising secrets of the book Tell-All by Karen Grassle
Karen Grassle has a lot to say about her time on the set of Little house in the meadow. Here are some of the more surprising secrets the Caroline Ingalls star revealed in her revealing book.
Karen Grassle was addicted to alcohol
Grassle was different from the character she portrayed on television. She reveals that in real life she has experienced an alcohol addiction. In his book Bright lights, meadow dust, Grassle said there were times she came to work with a hangover. It was sometimes difficult for her to arrive for the early morning scenes as she was still recovering from a night of drinking.
Michael Landon reportedly had an affair with an 18-year-old
Grassle says Landon allegedly started an affair with Cindy Clerico (now Landon) when she was 18. At the time, Landon was married to his second wife, Lynn Landon. Grassle says Landon’s demeanor suddenly changed. According to her, he had long conversations with Cindy, and they started to distance themselves from the rest of the cast and the crew. Cindy started out as a replacement for one of the actors. Eventually, she was promoted to makeup artist.
Grassle says Landon’s wife Lynn discovered the affair and followed Landon and Cindy to one of the places they met. She heard that a bottle of vodka had been thrown and the incident ended up in the tabloids. According to Melissa Gilbert in her book Tale of the Prairies, she heard Lynn throw a bottle of vodka at Landon’s head.
Grassle says Landon and Cindy moved in together and Cindy got pregnant before Landon’s divorce was finalized. They married in 1983 until her death in 1991.
Katherine MacGregor didn’t get along with Michael Landon
Landon was loved by many, but there were people who didn’t like him. Katherine MacGregor, who played Harriet Oleson on Little house in the meadow, did not get along with Landon. According to Grassle, MacGregor didn’t think Landon liked him. She got so bitter that she refused to appear in the final Little house in the meadow special (titled Little house: the last goodbye).
In his book Confessions of a prairie b *****, Alison Arngrim (she played Nelly Oleson), wrote about MacGregor’s conflict with Landon. She says MacGregor didn’t like Landon as soon as she saw him.
“[Michael Landon] was hard not to notice, ”Arngrim wrote. “It didn’t work. He was strutting around. He bragged. Like a peacock. His aura annoyed some of the cast. I remember Katherine MacGregor telling me she didn’t like him on sight when, at her audition, he strutted around the room. “Like a baby dwarf rooster!” She yelled.
Karen Grassle had an “affair” with a guest star
In her book, Grassle reveals that she had an “affair” with guest star Gil Gerard. She says he had an “irresistible” charisma. According to her, he was so charming that even the young girls on the set noticed him. Grassle says the show’s hairstylist warned her that while Gerard was attractive, it was best not to get attached. She says the hairdresser told her, “He’s for playing, not for getting married.”
Grassle was in a relationship with another man, but she felt such attraction for Gerard that she could not resist. “While Caroline’s boundaries were firm, mine weren’t, and Gil was distractingly appealing,” Grassle wrote.
Grassle befriends Gérard. Unfortunately, he later called her with bad news. He told her that she should take antibiotics because he had been exposed to gonorrhea.
Michael Landon would have told “disgusting” jokes on the set of “The Little House on the Prairie”
Grassle wrote of inappropriate comments Landon allegedly made on the set of Little house in the meadow. “Mike would say ‘c ** t’ and make disgusting jokes about smelling a woman after sex,” Grassle said in an interview with The New York Post. Grassle said she was so uncomfortable that she wanted to “disappear”. She remained silent because she was used to the way things were. Back then, women in the entertainment industry had little to say.
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