Melissa Gilbert’s husband once drove her clothes from New York to Chicago
Small house – large gas tank.
‘Little House on the Prairie’ star Melissa Gilbert knows she has a guardian in her husband, Timothy Busfield.
The actress, currently in Chicago appearing in a play, told Page Six in an interview that the “West Wing” star recently traveled from New York to Windy City just to drop off some winter gear for her.
“That says a lot about who he is,” the 57-year-old said.
And it seems that the adoration is completely mutual.
Last year Busfield, 54, jokingly called Gilbert – whom he married in 2013 – less than smart for marrying him.
“She chose me,” he exclaimed. “What an idiot! Talk about gullibility.
Long road trips are a favorite pastime for the couple: During the summer, they traveled to Texas to visit Gilbert’s first biological grandchild.
“It’s really interesting to see her and see if that genetic connection exists,” revealed Gilbert, who was adopted as a baby. “Because you know, it’s not normal for me. So it’s been fun and she’s so happy and nice.
Gilbert, who rose to fame for starring in ‘Little House’ as Half-Pint, says she’s noticed a “huge rise on social media [during the pandemic] [of] people were talking about ‘Little House’ and there were a lot of people who started watching it.
She also noted that during Black Lives Matter marches last year, many people were surprised to discover an episode of “Little House” with “Diff’rent Strokes” star Todd Bridges, which dealt with racism.
“We were a very sweet show,” she continued, “but we never shied away from anything. Michael Landon was a very socially conscious person. He had zero tolerance for intolerance.
The former Screen Actors Guild president is happily settled in Chicago playing a therapist in “When Harry Met Rehab», a piece loosely inspired by the famous comedian of the city, Harry Teinowitz.
Gilbert, who wrote about his drinking problems in “Prairie Tale: A Memoir” in 2010, says that “there’s so much I can bring to the table in a story like this.”
And she hopes this piece will help people heal after coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve all suffered in one way or another, and I think we need to relearn how to come together,” she says. “We also have to relearn how to go to the theatre. We need to relearn how to be with others, to care for others, and to remember that camaraderie, compassion, and understanding are the most important things.
“Now is the time for us to heal collectively. So that’s sort of the overarching message here.