Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 24

Sweet Sixteen

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Feb 25, 1980 on NBC

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    • Melissa Gilbert (Laura) has talked about this episode in previous interviews. In the scene where Almanzo went to pick her up from school for the first time, he saw her in a whole new light and spent about 30 seconds just staring at her. Gilbert says that this was extremely awkward and difficult for her to film, because she was only 15 in real life, she had never had a boyfriend, and no man had ever looked at her like that before, so it was almost kind of scary for her. Gilbert claims that she was very similar to Laura in almost every frame of the series, especially the younger years, so she usually didn't feel like she was "acting" when she was on-screen as this character, but in this moment, she had to keep saying in her head, "It's okay, Melissa, you can do this. You're Laura right now. Just be Laura. You'll get through this."

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