Melissa Gilbert, Little House on the Prairie star said that she ‘lost her mind, got botox and bought a Mustang’ in the wake of her 2011 split from her second husband – long before ditching Hollywood for the simple life in the Catskills.
Gilbert, 58 — whose new book ‘Back to the Prairie’ details her life with current husband Timothy Busfield and moving to the Catskills — had recently told Fox News that she ditched plastic surgery and Hollywood expectations for the freedom of being in her own skin.
The actress says that she ‘lost her mind’According to a recent interview with, Bruce Boxleitner was her second husband after she divorced her in 2011. Page SixShe confessed that she had botox, fillers, bought a Mustang, and even got a younger French boyfriend. He wore a Tshirt that read “Realizing Love” ‘Snatch’ to a brunch at her mother’s house.
‘It was like, I lost my mind,’She told Page Six. ‘One of my friends says, ‘You know, every once in a while we all have to go to the zoo. And you went and now you’re back.”
Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls in the classic TV series which aired between 1974 and 1982, revealed in her 2010 memoir how she struggled with drugs and alcoholism, underwent multiple plastic surgery procedures throughout her career and had a series of relationships with some of Hollywood’s leading men – including Tom Cruise.
Now, many years later, she admits she ‘sometimes wants to smack myself in the head’Over the image she was portraying to her two sons. She added that she hopes they see the growth and become inspired.
Melissa Gilbert said she ‘lost her mind’Bruce Boxleitner, her second husband, was her divorce decree in 2011.
Gilbert appeared on NBC News’ ‘Today’ show in 2011 following her split from second husband Bruce Boxleitner. After her divorce, she admitted to having botox and fillers.
Gilbert and her husband Timothy Busfield, who she met a year after her split from Boxleitner, have ditched the dazzling lights of Hollywood for the tinkling stars of the New York Catskills after buying a 14-acre property in the mountains for $98,000 in 2018
Gilbert recently moved from her $1.19 million LA home (pictured) which featured a traditional celebrity feel with a large backyard pool – to a modest cottage in the Catskills
Gilbert has one son with Bo Brinkman, and another with Boxleitner.
Gilbert married Busfield a year after her 2011 split.
‘Tim says it to me all the time, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if one thing had gone differently,’ she told Page Six, adding that she doesn’t regret her past. ‘It’s kind of hard to look back and want to have changed anything.’
Gilbert is now enjoying a simpler life after escaping to a $98,000 14-acre property in the Catskill mountains – only 20 minutes away from the famed Woodstock location.
While Gilbert says she misses family and friends in Los Angeles, she doesn’t miss the city or the pollution and is now enjoying the simplicity of the Catskills.
‘I’ve really embraced this lovely stillness in my existence … And I am not chasing after some elusive thing, whether it’s a success or a job or money or things. I’m really just enjoying the sweet simplicity of my life.’
They’ve lovingly dubbed their new home ‘The Cabbage,’This is where she was inspired by her new book. ‘Back to the Prairie: A Home Remade. A Life Rediscovered’During the height of the pandemic.
‘This is me now – no hair color, no filler, no implants, no Botox. I just take care of myself. I try to eat as well as I can. I drink a lot of water. And I’I really enjoy the aging process.
‘[Aging] is an uphill battle. Eventually, everyone loses. It just does not fit in with who I am and what my life is now. It’s exhausting and it’s unnecessary. I had to find a place within myself where I could stop trying to, or feeling like I needed to be what everybody else wanted me to be and be exactly who I am.’
Now the actress (left) – who played Laura Ingalls in classic series – has left Hollywood behind to enjoy raising chickens, grows her food, and plowing the snow in the harsh New York winters (pictured),alongside her director husband (right) whom she married in 2013 and shares a dog Chicago (right)
The star, pictured with her son (left), said that she has decided to forgo plastic surgery and Hollywood expectations in order to feel comfortable in her skin. ‘I finally woke up and went, ‘What am I doing? I look like a carrot top, and I’m not happy,’ she said. ‘I had to find a place within myself where I could stop trying to, or feeling like I needed to be what everybody else wanted me to be and be exactly who I am’
The actress once admitted that she used to drink two bottles of wine every night. ‘men who smelled like alcohol’ after starring alongside the show’s creator, producer and star Michael Landon, who ‘sipped vodka from his coffee mug.’
Gilbert discovered she had a drinking problem one night when, while she was having dinner with a friend, she fell asleep and woke up in a dog-bed. She was inspired to seek therapy and join AA meetings after this incident. Today Reported in 2009.
The 58 year-old had also had three nose jobs after realizing that her nose would be smaller if she was to have it contoured by a makeup artist.
Gilbert was also involved with Tom Cruise and other high-profile men. Gilbert even had an unplanned pregnancies with Rob Lowe, her then-boyfriend, whom she began dating at 17.
She is now leaving all that behind to enjoy the harsh New York winters, raising her chickens and growing her food alongside Timothy Busfield, her third husband director, who she married in 2013. They also share a Chicago dog.
Busfield also married for the third time in this marriage. He was a star of television series thirtysomething, and The West Wing.
The home, which started out as a fixer-upper and was livable, now shows the couple’s unique taste, with their mantel filled with potted plants, and photographs. They also have a wood burning fireplace and rustic shelving that looks like old DVDs.
The actress started sharing photos from her new home during the pandemic. One photo showed snow falling in the mountains. The tiny home is situated on 14-acres. The couple shared that they slept on a mattress. ‘mattress on the floor in the living room’They moved in the first night.
The home, as seen before they moved into it, had a rustic vibe and was near the wall.
The home has a warm feel and is far from their NYC and LA lifestyles.
Gilbert shared that she started to grow strawberries and has a chicken house she attends every morning.
‘Like everyone else, as we were going through that, eating all the comfort food and making all the sourdough bread, I was posting pictures of the meals we were eating, which were very comforting and wildly unhealthy, but lots of fun!’Fox News reported that she said so.
The actress stated that she was doing a segment for CBS Mornings about the move, when she realized she might have something to share about her new, simpler life.
‘Our lives are simple now, and there’There is a sweetness in that simplicity. And with that simplicity comes a real love for stillness and living my life in a peaceful place,’ she told Fox News.
Gilbert grew up in sunny Los Angeles but she said she knew her family at home. ‘core’She ‘loved being in the outdoors’And ‘around animals’Enjoyed the ‘sweet, simple things in life.’
‘Once we got up here, once we got our land and started to look at all the things we could do with it, and then when lockdown happened, it unleashed all of this stuff inside me. There was a person who was dying to have this [new life],’Fox News reported that she said so.
‘I still can’This is how my life looks now. It’s heaven. I’m just so blessed.’
GilbertAnd Busfield – who she described as her ‘blanket’ and ‘comfort place’ – got their first taste of the country life in his native Michigan, where the couple lived for five years after getting married.
They eventually relocated to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, while Gilbert was casted in play called The Dead, 1904, and her husband took on work for the NYC famous show Law & Order: SVU, but they found themselves craving the escape of the country lifestyle and fresh air and found themselves in the Catskills.
However, their dream house certainly didn’t start out as ‘heaven’The couple purchased the property in 2018 when they were still married. The fixer-upper wasn’t livable at first and required a lot of tender, love, and care from the couple to make it ‘home.’
‘This is one of those places that most people would say, ‘Are you nuts?’ if you expressed interest in buying it,’ she told The New York Times. ‘But Tim and I are the best kind of nuts. We’re hopeful visionaries.’
The exterior of the tiny house was covered with mold and mildew. ‘potential.’
‘[The house] had no heat, and the plumbing was kind of wonky. We had to empty all the stuff that was in the house because it was fully furnished, I mean, to the point where there was cereal in the cabinets and soap in the shower. It was like the people had just wrapped up out of the house and it sat there for decades like that,’Fox News reported that she said so.
‘Once we cleaned all of that stuff out, we put the wood-burning stove to warm it before we put in an actual heating system. There was so much cleaning. I remember my husband with a bucket just cleaning the ceilings with hydrogen peroxide and Clorox. We scrubbed that place within an inch of its life.’
The couple enjoyed comfortable furniture and a lot of photos, much like their new mountain home.
The kitchen featured light wood and a modern feel. The cherry wood in the mountainous home is darker and more smoky.
The couple, despite having a net worth of approximately $500thousand combined, spent their first night on the prairie. ‘mattress on the floor in the living room.’
‘We were waiting for the delivery of the fridge, the washing machine, the dishwasher and stove. I just remember thinking at that moment: ‘This is home. This is going to be our home.’
‘I think it was that night, that first night that we slept there, is when I realized: ‘Oh gosh, this is really it. And we’We will be doing this ourselves. And it’s going to be incredible,” she told Fox News.
She spent time refurnishing an antique couch, which she and her husband bought in an ugly shade gray. She transformed it into a beautiful burgundy dream. She quickly completed the same task for a loveseat. They constructed floating shelves using recycled bowling alleywood and spray-painted a piece of tin roofing in vinegar to give it a unique appearance before mounting the piece in the kitchen where they hung their cast iron pans.
They decorated their home with family photos hung randomly on the wall and even a 1960s puzzle the couple did together, which they framed, and the poster of the band The Who joins the décor.
Gilbert (left, in green) played Laura Ingalls on the wildly famous Little House on the Prairie (pictured L-R: Gilbert, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall (front), Sydney Greenbush)
Little House On The Prairie enjoyed an extended run from 1974-1982 (Melissa, pictured in 1978).
The way she was: Gilbert, pictured in 2020 and 2014, had her breast implants taken out in 2015. She also gave up Botox shortly afterwards. She had three nose jobs at the age of 20. Her nose became thinner after her makeup artist contoured her nose.
Rob Lowe proposed Melissa Gilbert to her in 1986, despite a turbulent romance. She soon found out that she was pregnant, but then had a miscarriage.
‘The room was designed with Pete Townshend in mind,’Busfield spoke to The New York Times. ‘We keep hoping he’ll come by one day and hang out.’
The actress now spends her time cleaning out the chicken coop, building windows boxes with her husband, and tending her garden, where she grows strawberries.
She’s relearning her love for the outdoors, which she briefly got to experience on the Little House set as a child and said there is ‘something about the outdoors that still calls me.’
‘It always felt like a big adventure, to be in the outdoors and play while working. I just loved the feeling it gave me,’Fox News reported that she said so. ‘There were other kids to play with and lots of games we could do. They always had a lot of activities for us on set. And there were animals everywhere.
‘[Now], planting my garden, watching over my chickens and just feeling the dirt and nurturing our food that grows each day from the ground – it’It is satisfying. It awakened my soul in a way that I’ve never felt before.’
The star claimed that she does not ‘miss Hollywood,’She misses her loved ones and relatives who still live in LA, but she is not sad.
Melissa Gilbert played Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little House on the Prairie. She is pictured (left) as well as in 2020 (right).
Gilbert, 58 was born in Los Angeles on May 8, 1964. She appeared in many TV commercials as a child before landing the role of Laura in The Little House on the Prairie. She is seen in the show.
Gilbert (pictured in May 2022) – who underwent multiple plastic surgery procedures throughout her career – recently told Fox News that she opted to move to the mountains in New York so that she could be free in her own skin
Gilbert, 58 was born in Los Angeles on May 8, 1964. She was adopted by late actor and comedian Paul Gilbert, and his wife, actress Barbara Crane, one day after her birth – whom later divorced.
She was a child and appeared in tons TV commercials. Before landing the role of Laura in The Little House on the Prairie, she was a star in countless TV commercials.
After that came to an end, she continued to act – starring in the drama film Choices of the Heart, the western Sylvester, 1986 flick Choices, thriller Ice House, Stand By Your Man (alongside Rosie O’Donnell), crime show Sweet Justice, 1991 drama Switched at Birth, Then Came Jones (opposite Sean Patrick Flanery), Secrets and Lies (which also starred Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis), and When We Last Spoke in 2019.
She also voiced Batgirl throughout Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s.
She played Caroline throughout 2008 and 2009. ‘Ma’Ingalls performing the musical adaptation of Little House on the Prairie.
After experiencing back pain, a doctor advised her that she had been working on the musical with a damaged back for several months. She then underwent surgery to replace the disk in her lower spine.
In 2009, she released an autobiography. It included her personal stories about alcoholism and drug abuse.
Gilbert said that she discovered she had a drinking issue when, one night, while a friend was coming over for dinner, Gilbert fell asleep and woke up in a dog-bed. Today reported that Gilbert went to therapy after the incident and attended AA meetings.
She was a part of season 14 of Dancing With the Stars. During this episode, she fell and hit her forehead. She was rushed to the hospital and suffered from a concussion, but continued on with the competition – ultimately coming in fifth place.
In 2016, she ran for Michigan’s 8th congressional district, but later dropped out of the race citing health issues. She was under fire when it became known that she owed $360,000 in back taxes and $112,000 in California State taxes. She has since reportedly reached a settlement with the IRS.
As for her love life, she had a rumored fling with Tom Cruise in the ’80s. She was also briefly engaged to actor Rob Lowe, and after that ended, she started dating Bo Brinkman – cousin of acclaimed actor Dennis Quaid.
She married Brinkman in February 1988 and had a son, Dakota, one-year later. They split in 1992.
Bruce Boxleitner was then her partner. After three engagements, they were married in January 1995.
In 1995, she gave birth their son Michael Garrett Boxleitner. It’s been said that he was named after her Little House on the Prairie costar Landon.
Boxleitner and she split in 2011. Two years later, she married Busfield. She is still together today.
After that came to an end, she continued to act – starring in Sylvester, Choices, Ice House, Stand By Your Man, Sweet Justice, 1991 drama Switched at Birth, Then Came Jones, Secrets and Lies, Thicker Than Water (pictured), and When We Last Spoke
She was a part of season 14 of Dancing With the Stars. During this episode, she fell and hit her forehead. She was rushed to the hospital and suffered from a concussion, but continued on with the competition – ultimately coming in fifth place
As for her love life, she had a rumored fling with Tom Cruise in the ’80s. They were pictured together in 1982
She was also briefly engaged to actor Rob Lowe (pictured together in 1982), and after that ended, she started dating Bo Brinkman – cousin of acclaimed actor Dennis Quaid – whom she married in 1988 and divorced in 1992
Bruce Boxleitner became her boyfriend and they were married in January 1995. In 2011, she and Boxleitner broke up, and two years later she married Timothy Busfield (pictured in 2012). She is still together with Timothy Busfield today
She and her husband (pictured 2020) purchased a 14-acre property in Cat Skill Mountains in upstate New York for $98,000. This will allow her to live a more relaxed life and avoid the public eye.
The Little House on the Prairie cast has seen their fair share of controversy, from tax evasion to addiction struggles.
The show, which went on for nine seasons before in concluded in 1983, followed a family who lived on a farm in Minnesota in the 1870s, ’80s, and ’90s.
Created by Michael Landon, it was based off Laura Ingall Wilder’s best-selling novel of the same name. It starred Landon, Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson – among others.
Despite the serious subject matter of alcoholism and poverty, racism and cancer, the series was still viewed by millions of families and became a popular choice. It was ranked third in 1974 and was seen by millions of households around the world.
Some of them didn’t have the easiest path. The Little House on the Prairie cast has had their fair share controversies, from tax evasion to addiction struggles.