Melissa Gilbert is one of the celebrity contestants on Season 14 of ABC's ballroom competition series "Dancing with the Stars" in spring 2012. She partners with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his 12th season.

A native of Los Angeles, Melissa Gilbert comes from a long line of entertainers including her grandfather, Harry Crane, creator and writer of "The Honeymooners," and her father, respected comedian, actor, musician and dancer Paul Gilbert. At age 2, Gilbert made her on-air debut modeling baby clothes and appeared in more than 30 television commercials over the next seven years.

At age 9, she joined the cast of "Little House on the Prairie," continuing with the popular series for 10 years. She has since starred in hundreds of television movies, specials and series, including the Emmy Award-winning M.O.W. "The Miracle Worker." In feature films Gilbert starred in "Sylvester" and did a cameo role playing herself in Griffin Dunne's film, "Lisa Picard is Famous."

On stage she made her off-Broadway debut in "A Shayna Maidel," and later starred in "The Miracle Worker," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Love Letters." She made her directorial debut with the ABC after-school special, "Me and My Hormones," and produced the A&E documentary "Child Stars: Their Story." Gilbert's legacy came full circle when she starred as Ma in the national tour of "Little House on the Prairie the Musical." In 2009 she shared her personal story in her New York Times best-selling 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, she 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. She is a devoted mother to four sons.




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Age: 53 years old
Birthday: May 8, 1964
Height: 5' 4"
Nickname: Missy
Full Name / Real Name: Melissa Ellen Gilbert
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Bruce Boxleitner (1/1/1995, filed for divorce, 1 child)
Bo Brinkman (2/21/1988 - 1992, divorced, 1 child)


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