Slideshow posted in Entertainment | Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Emmy Nominated Actress Star of "Little House on the Prairie" Former President of the Screen Actors Guild Bio: A native of Los Angeles, Gilbert comes from a long line of entertainers including her grandfather, Harry Crane, creator and writer of "The Honeymooners" and her father, comedian, actor, musician and dancer, Paul Gilbert. At age two, Gilbert made her on-air debut modeling baby clothes and appeared in more than thirty television commercials over the next seven years. At age nine, she joined the cast of "Little House on the Prairie," continuing with the popular series for ten years. She has since starred in hundreds of television movies, specials and series including the Emmy award-winning MOW "The Miracle Worker." In 2009, Melissa shared her personal story in her bestselling memoir, "Prairie Tale." Gilbert served two terms as the 23rd President of Screen Actors Guild, two terms as Vice President on the AFL-CIO executive council, as Vice President for the California Labor Federation, as a commissioner on the California Film Commission and as chair of the 2005 SAG Theatrical/Television Negotiating Committee. An avid philanthropist, Melissa is the President of the Board of Directors for the Children's Hospice and palliative Care Coalition, and recently became the first-ever national spokesperson for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Melissa is a devoted mother to four sons. The new season of "Dancing With the Stars" premieres in a live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8/7c on ABC.