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Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim
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Alison Arngrim Biography

Alison Margaret Arngrim (born 18 January 1962 in New York, New York, USA) is an American actress and stand up comedian. She is best known as a former child star playing the role "Nellie Oleson", from the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie. She appeared in guest roles on television series like Love Boat and Fantasy Island. She currently does charity work in addition to performance. She focuses on AIDS issues and on child abuse, speaking frequently for and lobbying with the group PROTECT. In 2004 she came out as an incest survivor on Larry King Live. Although she refused to name her attacker, she clarified that it was neither of her parents. Alison's father, Thor Arngrim, was a well-known Hollywood manager. Her mother, Norma Macmillan, was a well-known voice actress, who provided the voices for Casper the Friendly Ghost, Gumby, Davey and Goliath, and many other beloved animated characters. Her brother Stefan Arngrim was also a child actor. Alison married Robert Paul Schoonover, a musician on November 6, 1993. They live in Los Angeles. Read Full Bio >>

Alison Arngrim Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2008 TV Land Awards Siblings That Make You Grateful for Your Own Crazy Family "Little House on the Prairie" (1974). Nominated
2006 TV Land Awards Character Most Desperately in Need of a Timeout "Little House on the Prairie" (1974). Won
2002 Young Artist Awards "Little House on the Prairie" (1974). Won
1981 Young Artist Awards Best Young Comedienne "Little House on the Prairie" (1974). Nominated

Alison Arngrim Trivia

  • Sister of Stefan Arngrim
  • Her signature "Nellie Oleson curls" were a wig, which were held so tightly to her head that her scalp bled.
  • She often fainted on the "Little House on the Prairie" (1974) 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 on the Prairie" (1974).
  • Attended Dana Plato's 1999 funeral.
  • Following the AIDS-related death of the "Little House on the Prairie" (1974) 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.
  • Has a 22-year-old step-daughter from her second husband
  • 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 (2002). She also routinely appears as a stand-up comic in LA clubs. [February 2000]
  • In "Little House on the Prairie" (1974), 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 Arngrim's head screaming: "I hate you for all the things you did to Laura!"
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Daughter of Norma MacMillan and Thor Arngrim
  • 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" (1974), 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 Prairie" (1974), Nellie Oleson, "The living embodiment of PMS."
  • She is on the national advisory committee of the National Association to Protect Children. She has spoken in the media about her own experiences as a victim of child sexual abuse and helped lobby on behalf of a California law toughening sentences against abusers who victimize family members.


Alison Arngrim Photos

  • Hugh O'Brian, Barbara Van Orden, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Herd, JoAnne Worley, Jack Betts, Judy Tenuta, Alison Arngrim, Tippi Hedren, Kate Linder

    Red Line Tours 2013 Collectors Tickets "Directors Series" Launch Party - Arrivals

  • Alison Arngrim

    40th Anniversary Screening of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" at the Grand Gala Chocolate Awards - Arrivals

  • Alison Arngrim

    "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles" at the Pantages Theatre - April 12, 2011 - Arrivals

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    Alison Arngrim "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated" Book Signing at Borders in Las Vegas on August 7, 2010

  • Alison Arngrim and Vida Ghaffari

    2010 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Los Angeles - "The Bilderberg Club: Meet the Shadow One World Government" - Arrivals

  • Alison Arngrim and Julia Diana Alexander

    2010 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Los Angeles - "Brando Unauthorized" - Arrivals

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