Some Found Success, and Some Disappeared: Child Stars from the ’70s

celebrity | 1/31/20

We knew them (and loved them) in the ’70s. In some ways, they even helped raise us. Watching them on-screen or listening to their music changed the way we looked at the world. But how have they changed over time? Now they’re all grown up and we need to know what happened to them! Some of them are more successful than ever, while others have taken different paths in life. Behind the faces and early fame, here’s what happened next!

Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls)

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NBC/MovieStillsDB/Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Melissa Gilbert stole our hearts in her role of Laura Ingalls (“Half-Pint”) in the run of the ever-popular “Little House on the Prairie,” but she wasn’t really new to the acting industry. She’d already appeared in commercials as well as guest-starred on TV. And, even while she was playing the role of Laura, Gilbert’s career continued to evolve with appearances on The Miracle Worker and The Diary of Anne Frank.

She’s still got it, with the right steps and all, as she demonstrated in her appearance on the hit reality TV show, “Dancing with the Stars” (2012) on NBC. She played Caroline “Ma” Ingalls in the touring production of Little House on the Prairie, the Musical. And, of course, you’ll also recognize her voice on the popular animated series “Batman: The Animated Series.”