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Alison Arngrim

Photos Alison Arngrim Birth name: Alison Margaret Arngrim
Birth date: 1962/01/18 (58 years old)
Birth place : New-York (USA)

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Biography for Alison Arngrim

Producer, actress, stand-up and AIDS activist Alison Arngrim has moved light years away from bad girl Nellie Oleson, the character she portrayed for seven years on NBC's "Little House on the Prairie" (1974). In addition to working Little House On The Prairie, Alison was recently seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, KCBS Woman To Woman, Extra, Entertainment Tonight and The Today Show. Alison also became a member of the independent film world and starred in The Last Place On Earth (2002), with Tisha Campbell and Billy Dee Williams, and For the Love of May (2000), co-starring Patricia Neal, Michael Learned, Alexandria Paul and Ru Paul.

Recently, Alison was seen in Celebration Theatre's Sirena Queen Of The Tango. “It is time for me to renew my creative juices and get back to the theatre, the root of all of our craft,” stated Alison. Other television credits include "Fantasy Island", "The Love Boat", and the television movie of the week, I Married Wyatt Earp (1983) (TV). Alison's stage credits include "Butterflies are Free", "In One Bed and Out the Other", "The Wool Gatherers" and "Hidden in the Laughter".

In her spare time, Alison devotes her energies to helping people with AIDS. When co-star Steven Tracy died of AIDS in 1986, Alison opted to volunteer at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). From 1989 through 1993 she served as Program Manager at Tuesday's Child, and is currently on their Board of Directors. Since 1990, Alison has served as both MC and Producer for the Comedy Stage at the APLA Annual Summer Party. For these outstanding efforts, Alison became the first woman to receive the 'Friend in Deed' award at APLA, she also received the 'Celebration of Life' award from South Bay Friends of Aid for AIDS. In 1992, Joel Wachs presented Alison with a resolution by the Los Angeles City Council commending her on her work on behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS. Alison also received the 'George Moscone' award from Christopher Street West of Los Angeles.

Although she may be best remembered as Little House On The Prairie's resident spoiled brat, Alison's career has blossomed to encompass many areas of the entertainment industry. Pretty good for a bad girl !

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Filmography

Title Role
Surge of Power (2004) Cameo
The Last Place On Earth (2002) Party Guest
For the Love of May (2000) Jude
The Nellie Olesons (1997) Actress
I Married Wyatt Earp (1983) (TV) Amy
"Little House on the Prairie" (1974) TV Series Nellie Oleson Dalton (1974-1981)
Throw Out the Anchor (1974) Stevie

Trivia

Her signature "Nellie Oleson curls" were a wig, which was held so tightly to her head that her scalp bled.

She often fainted on the Little House set because the show taped in California's Simi Valley, where the temperature was routinely 100+ degrees.

Worked as a poster model for 3 years after leaving Little House

Attended Dana Plato's 1999 funeral

Following the AIDS-related death of the Little House husband, actor Steve Tracy, she began working as an AIDS activist. She regularly volunteered at AIDS Project Los Angeles and at Tuesday's Child, a family-oriented AIDS organization.

Good friends with Melissa Gilbert

Her husband is a musician

Is currently taking acting classes and has a small role in the upcoming independent film The Last Place on Earth. She also routinely appears as a stand-up comic in LA clubs. [February 2000]

In Little House on the Prairie, her character of Nellie Oleson was renowned for making life miserable for Laura Ingalls (Melissa Gilbert). Reportedly, at a parade many years after the show's run had come to an end, a fan threw a can of orange soda at Alison Arngrim's head screaming: "I hate you for all the things you did to Laura!"

Is a vegetarian.

Originally auditioned for the role of Laura Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie" (1974).

Is an activist for molested children.

After being passed over for the roles of Laura and Mary Ingalls in "Little House on the Prairie", she won the part of "Nasty" Nellie Oleson on the spot, after playing mean so convincingly in her audition

Calls the character she played in Little House On The Praire, Nellie Olsen, "The living embodiment of PMS."

Quotes

Selon elle "Avec la stand-up, tu es tout seul, pas d'accessoires, pas de décor ou quoi que ce soit d'autre. Si tu te plantes, c'est entièrement de ta faute, mais si tu réussis, c'est entièrement grâce à toi-même...et j'aime ça !".

Family

Spouse : Robert Paul Schoonover (6 November 1993 - present), Donald Mark Spencer (8 April 1989 - 1993) (divorced).

Sister of Stefan Arngrim

Has a 22-year-old step-daughter from her second husband

Daughter of Norma MacMillan and Thor Arngrim

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by abdest
  • Last update: 01/05/2007 by sofy

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