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Alison Arngrim

AKA Alison Margaret Arngrim

Born: 18-Jan-1962
Birthplace: New York City

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

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

Alison Arngrim played the memorable child villainess Nellie Oleson on TV's Little House on the Prairie, and as an adult works as a stand-up comedian and wrote a well-received autobiography, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. In the mid-2000s she successfully worked to close a loophole in California law that bizarrely mandated milder sentences for child rapists, if their victims are their own children or siblings.

Her father, Thor Arngrim, was briefly Liberace's personal manager, and her mother, Norma MacMillan, was a successful voice actress who spoke for Casper the Friendly Ghost for its 1960s TV run, Davey on the Lutheran Church's treacly cartoon Davey and Goliath, and Sweet Polly Purebred on Underdog. Her brother, Stefan Arngrim, was a child actor best known for Irwin Allen's Land of the Giants, who repeatedly abused her during her childhood, according to her autobiography.

Father: Thor Arngrim (b. 25-Nov-1928, d. 16-Dec-2009)
Mother: Norma MacMillan (actress, b. 15-Sep-1921, m. 1954, d. 16-Mar-2001, intestinal blockage)
Brother: Stefan Arngrim (actor, b. 23-Dec-1955)
Husband: Donald Mark Spencer (actor/writer, b. 18-Dec-1961, m. 8-Apr-1989, div. 1993)
Husband: Bob Schoonover (musician, m. 6-Nov-1993)

    High School: Hollywood High School, Hollywood, CA

    National Association to Protect Children National Advisory Board
    Tuesday's Child Program Manager (1989-93)
    Raped (between ages 6 and 9)
    Canadian Ancestry

    Little House on the Prairie Nellie Oleson Dalton (1974-81)

    Make the Yuletide Gay (17-May-2009)
    Surge of Power (14-Aug-2004) · Herself
    The Last Place on Earth (1-Jan-2002)

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Author of books:
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated (2010)

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