Considering the fact that Melissa Sue Anderson has been active in the entertainment industry since she was a kid, it hardly comes as a surprise that she is noted as one of the outstanding actresses of her time. However, she has been off the spotlight recently and has not taken up roles since after her performance in the movie, Veronica Mars in 2014. Where is she? What has she been up to? and every other pondering questions in your heart would all be answered in this article, so read on.
Melissa Sue Anderson’s Bio and Age
Melissa Sue Anderson was born on the 26th of September, 1962, in Berkley California. She is the second and youngest of the two children born to James and Marion Anderson. Sue spent her early days in San Francisco Bay Area but moved alongside her sister and parents to Los Angeles when she was seven. Unfortunately for the actress, her parent’s marriage hit the rocks when she was thirteen and she had to live with her mom. She was also raised a Roman Catholic.
Regarding her education, there are no records indicating the details of where she schooled, however, sources say that her interest in the world of Arts got ignited when her dance teacher advised her parents to get her an agent what with her outstanding performances with her theatre group in school.
Meanwhile, as a growing child, Melissa Sue Anderson appeared as the face of Mattel and Sears in their adverts. That singular role in the commercials cemented her spot in various television shows and also exposed her to a lot of other interested bodies in the entertainment industry. Her debut appearance on screen was in an episode of ABC television fantasy drama series Bewitched. She later got a role to star as Millicent in the America drama sitcom Bobby on The Brady Bunch (aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974) before playing as Cathy Murder in the series, Shaft.
When she was just 11, she landed the role of Mary Ingalls in the drama series Little House on the Prairie (aired from 1974–1981). In between the period she starred on the drama series, Melissa Sue Anderson appeared on Micheal Landon’s autobiographical film The Loneliest Runner and also played in the 1977 film James at 15. Also, in 1979, she bagged a role in the CBS television film Survival of Dana.
Her performances on Little House on the Prairie earned her the 1978 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in Drama Series and she later emerged as the winner of an Emmy Award for her performance in the ABC American television anthology series Mother Is Mine? In 1980, Melissa was the winner of the TP de Oro Award for being the Best Foreign Actress in Little House on the Prairie. As a result of her many recognitions, Sue appeared as a guest on RTVE’s program on 625 Lineas.
Melissa Sue Anderson returned in 1981 and was nominated for the Young Artist Award for her performance in the movie, Happy Birthday to Me. She later appeared in other television series including The Equalizer (aired 1985-1989), Alfred Hitchcock (1980s), Presents (1980s), CHiPs and Murder (1971-1983), She Wrote (1984-1996). Subsequently, she played the associate producer for the Micheal Landon’s film; Where Pigeons Go to Die (1990).
Eight years after that, Melissa Sue Anderson earned a spot on the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She later played a role in the 2014 movie Veronica Mars.
As an author, Sue released her autobiography The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House. The autobiography contains basic details of her life, rise to fame, and how it has affected her existence.
Meet Her Husband and Family
Like most fulfilled women out there, Melissa Sue Anderson found love with one of her kind in the entertainment world. She fell in love and married television writer and producer Micheal Sloan in 1990 and has been very committed to her vows ever since. With him, she has two children; a daughter named Piper (born in 1991) and a son – Griffin, born in 1996.
Where Is She Now?
Having been off the radar for a long time, a lot of Sue’s fans have been pondering on what she has been up to lately. Well, the actress moved with her family to Montreal in 2002 and they became naturalized Canadians in 2007. She released her book sometime in 2014 and has since been hiding behind the scene, playing as a stay at home mom. Nevertheless, this doesn’t conclude the fact that Melissa Sue Anderson may or may not likely storm the screens again.
How Much Is She Worth?
The Canadian actress may have not appeared in a lot of films but her roles in most television sitcoms have paid well. She has built a successful career and topped her earnings from all her acting endeavors. We wouldn’t conclude on the fact that most of her sources of income are from her acting exploits as we are quite sure she must have earned a lot from the proceeds of her book. In all, it is believed that her net worth falls around $1.5 million dollars.