Jane Laborteaux

4 min read Jul 10, 2024
Jane Laborteaux

Jane Laborteaux: Actress, Producer, and Philanthropist

Jane Laborteaux is an American actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known for her role as "Melissa Gilbert" in the popular 1970s and 1980s television series "Little House on the Prairie".

Early Life and Career

Born in 1965, Laborteaux grew up in Los Angeles, California. She began her acting career at a young age, appearing in several television commercials and television shows. She landed the role of "Melissa Gilbert" in "Little House on the Prairie" in 1974, at the age of nine, and went on to play the character for the entirety of the show's run.

Post "Little House"

After "Little House on the Prairie" ended in 1983, Laborteaux continued to act in both television and film. She starred in several television movies and series, including "The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch", "The Secrets of Lake Success", and "The Love Boat". She also appeared in films such as "The Last American Virgin" and "The Wrong Guys".

In addition to acting, Laborteaux has also produced several films and television shows. She founded her own production company, "Laborteaux Productions", and has produced a number of projects, including the film "The Last Days of the L.A. Underground".


Laborteaux is also an active philanthropist. She is involved with several charities, including "The Make-A-Wish Foundation" and "The American Cancer Society". She has also been a vocal advocate for animal rights and environmental protection.

Personal Life

Laborteaux has been married twice. Her first marriage was to actor Patrick Duffy, who played her on-screen brother "Bo" in "Little House on the Prairie." The couple divorced in 1981. She married Jonathan Silverman in 1989, and they have two children together.


Despite her later successes, Laborteaux is primarily known for her iconic role as "Melissa Gilbert" in "Little House on the Prairie". Her portrayal of the character helped to make the show a cultural phenomenon, and she continues to be fondly remembered by fans of the show. Her work as an actress, producer, and philanthropist has had a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and the world.