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Karen Grassle

Karen GrassleBorn: 25-Feb-1944
Birthplace: Berkeley, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ma on Little House on the Prairie

Karen Grassle played Caroline Ingalls, Ma to Michael Landon's Pa on Little House on the Prairie, based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's series of books. The series ran nine seasons, but Grassle and Landon were not seen on screen in the final season.

Prior to Little House, her closest brush with fame was understudying Blythe Danner in the early-1970s Broadway run of Butterflies Are Free. Since Little House on the Prairie, Grassle has worked in local and regional stage productions, and taken rare roles in films and television. She was featured in Harry's War, a 1981 movie beloved by libertarians for its anti-IRS plot line, and she had a tiny role in the Kevin Costner film Wyatt Earp. She wrote and starred in Battered, a 1978 TV movie about abusive relationships, and reprised her Ma Ingalls role in two TV reunion specials.

Father: Gene Grassle (gas station manager)
Mother: (restaurateur)
Husband: Leon Russom (actor, b. 1941, div.)
Husband: J. Alan Radford (m. 1982)
Daughter: Lily (adopted with Radford)

    High School: Ventura High School, Ventura, CA (1960)
    University: BA Drama, University of California at Berkeley (1964)
    Conservatory: Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

    EMILY's List
    John Kerry for President
    Obama for America
    Fulbright

    TELEVISION
    Little House on the Prairie Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Wyatt Earp (24-Jun-1994)
    Cocaine: One Man's Seduction (27-Feb-1983) · Barbara Gant
    Harry's War (Mar-1981) · Kathy Johnson


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