'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – This year marks the 40th anniversary of the beloved TV series debut on NBC. "Little House on the Prairie" ran from 1974 to 1984 and retains a huge fan base to this day. Die-hard "Little House" fans call themselves Bonnetheads and even show up at festivals in, well, bonnets -- and full prairie attire. Check out this slideshow to see what the residents of Walnut Grove are up to today, and find out what "The Mindy Project" and "Little House" have in common.
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Happy 50th birthday, Melissa Gilbert! Half-Pint may have hit the half-century mark, but the actress played the feisty, kind-hearted Laura Ingalls from the age of 9-19.To this day, Gilbert knows how to drive a stagecoach, a skill she mastered during the series. In recent years, Gilbert competed on "Dancing with the Stars" and authored a children's book. Gilbert married actor Timothy Busfield last year. The couple resides in rural Michigan.
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Karen Grassle, now 72, played family matriarch Caroline "Ma" Ingalls. At a recent "Little House" cast reunion on "The Today Show," Grassle teared up, noting that she hadn't seen her three TV daughters since Michael Landon's 1991 funeral. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area.
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Melissa Sue Anderson's character, Mary Ingalls, arguably suffered the most hardship of all the "Little House" characters. Not an easy feat, considering the series tagline easily could have been:"Get Doc Baker!" Poor Mary was stricken blind at a young age and later lost her baby in a fire. Today, Anderson, 51, lives in Montreal with her husband, son, and daughter.
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Twin sisters Lindsay (pictured) and Sidney Greenbush were 4 years old when they began sharing the role of Carrie Ingalls. The twins, now 43, retired from acting as preteens.
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Jonathan Gilbert, Melissa Gilbert's brother, played Willie Oleson, Nellie's trouble-making brother. Gilbert left acting after "Little House" and later earned his MBA in finance. According to Melissa Gilbert, Jonathan, 45, is a stockbroker in New York City.
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Character actor Richard Bull played Nels Oleson -- Oleson's Mercantile proprietor and long-suffering husband of Harriet Oleson. He died in February at the age of 89.
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Linwood Boomer played Mary Ingalls' blind school teacher-turned-love interest (and later, husband) Adam Kendall. Boomer went on to create the TV series "Malcolm in the Middle." Boomer, who as a child was in his school's gifted program, was the inspiration for the Malcolm character. Today, Boomer, 58, is a consulting producer on Fox's "The Mindy Project."
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Matthew Labyorteaux played adopted son Albert Ingalls. He most recently appeared with his "Little House" cast mates on "Today Show" and "Extra" reunions. Today, Labyorteaux, 47, does voice acting for commercials, video games, and animated series.
'Little House on the Prairie': Where are they now? – Charlotte Stewart, who played impossibly lovely schoolmarm Miss Beadle, is also famous for her work with director David Lynch in the 1977 film "Eraserhead" and the TV series "Twin Peaks." Stewart, 73, is currently retired and residing in Napa, California.