Melissa Gilbert Now Says No to Drugs

Melissa Gilbert wants you to know all about her troubled past. Instead of shoving it under the rug or locking it in the closet, Gilbert is sharing her story with the world because she hopes her Hollywood tale can save millions of lives. An edited version of our interview with her follows

by Ilyssa Panitz • Celebrity Reporter
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Photograph: Kristen Blush

More: Some people might look at you and say, How could Half-Pint (the nickname her TV dad, the late Michael Landon, gave her) from Little House on the Prairie, which was so pure and innocent, get hooked on drugs?
MG: They didn’t come from that. I wish I lived in that perfect little world everyone watched on TV. While everyone was watching my perfect TV family, I was thinking this family is my fantasy. I wish my family was like that, but offscreen we were not like that at all. There was trauma—significant trauma, to be exact—in both my past and my childhood.

More: You also documented your troubles in your book, Prairie Tale: A Memoir.
MG: I hope people found a connection to me and found the strength to get over their obstacles.  

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