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E85 – Part 1 of our interview with energetic Alison Arngrim who played original mean girl Nellie Oleson on the long-running tv series that 70’s and 80’s kids everywhere grew up on, “Little House On The Prairie”. She makes time for us between her stand-up shows and Facebook Live daily readings to tell us fascinating stories about growing up in Hollywood in the wild 1960’s and 70’s in a showbiz family. Hear what her family connections were to the fabulous Liberace and Debbie Reynolds, what it was like to live in the Chateau Marmont, and other mini tales from her book “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated”. We hear what it was like to be a child actor at that time in Los Angeles and how her auditions in front of Michael Landon went before she earned the part of Nasty Nellie! Some listener Q&A’s reveal if her tv mother Mrs. Harriet Oleson, played by Katherine MacGregor, was really as mean as she played on the show, and how Alison’s real-life friends and fans treated her in public. Find out what she and co-star Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder, are up to during the quarantine, and why she thinks all things “Little House” are having the resurgence and relevance they are today. Stay tuned for Part 2 coming out soon!
–Livestream Nellie Oleson’s show at home “Confessions of a Prairie Terror”. We’ll be there too!
–Watch for her live shows on StageIt. Buy tickets HERE! https://www.stageit.com/alison_arngrim/confessions_of_a_prairie_terror/85568
–“Wickedly funny… brings Nellie Oleson back to the irreverent faithful, sans apologies” — Los Angeles Times
–Find all things Alison at www.bonnetheads.com including her “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch” book, bonnets, tin cups. Be sure to click on her newsletter for the latest updates
–Join her daily live readings at www.facebook.com/alison.arngrim
–Alison is also on Cameo and Coach The World, so please look her up for special 1-on-1 time
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Song credit: “Keep It 98 Plus 2” by Rage and “If I Had A Chicken” by Kevin MacLeod