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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated

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For seven years, Alison Arngrim played a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on one of TV history's most beloved series. Though millions of Little House on the Prairie viewers hated Nellie Oleson and her evil antics, Arngrim grew to love her character — and the freedom and confidence Nellie inspired in her.

In Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Arngrim describes growing up in Hollywood with her eccentric parents: Thor Arngrim, a talent manager to Liberace and others, whose appetite for publicity was insatiable, and legendary voice actress Norma MacMillan, who played both Gumby and Casper the Friendly Ghost. She recalls her most cherished and often wickedly funny moments behind the scenes of Little House: Michael Landon's "unsaintly" habit of not wearing underwear; how she and Melissa Gilbert (who played her TV nemesis, Laura Ingalls) became best friends and accidentally got drunk on rum cakes at 7-Eleven; and the only time she and Katherine MacGregor (who played Nellie's mom) appeared in public in costume, provoking a posse of elementary schoolgirls to attack them.

Arngrim relays all this and more with biting wit, but she also bravely recounts her life's challenges: her struggle to survive a history of traumatic abuse, depression, and paralyzing shyness; the "secret" her father kept from her for twenty years; and the devastating loss of her "Little House husband" and best friend, Steve Tracy, to AIDS, which inspired her second career in social and political activism. Arngrim describes how Nellie Oleson taught her to be bold, daring, and determined, and how she is eternally grateful to have had the biggest little bitch on the prairie to show her the way.

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Star of the hit TV show Little House on the Prairie Alison Arngrim's comic memoir of growing up as one of television's most memorable characters — the devious Nellie Oleson — with behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children.

About the Author

Alison Arngrim starred as Nellie Oleson for seven years on the TV series Little House on the Prairie. She also guest-starred on The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and the NBC movie of the week I Married Wyatt Earp. She has appeared in numerous films and plays, and her stand up comedy show, "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch," has become a worldwide phenomenon. Arngrim also volunteers for nonprofit organizations such as AIDS Project Los Angeles and the National Association to Protect Children. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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lahamre13, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by lahamre13)
I could hardly put it down. Arngrim has an entertaining style of writing. She tells great behind the scenes stories with lots of tongue-in-cheek and snarky attitude. She also shares the tragedies in her life, and how she uses them as motivation to help others. My only complaint was the occasional strong language, but overall the book had me laughing out loud!
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Taborgirl, August 30, 2010 (view all comments by Taborgirl)
As a fan of the TV series, Little House on the Prairie," naturally I was curious about the actress behind the girl-witch-character "Nellie Olsen." Alison Arngrim tells all. Who knew the ringlets wig (helmet) she had to wear hurt like heck? Or that beer was mother's milk behind the scenes on the set? Or that taking Nellie the character on the road would get her mugged by a pack of uncivilized private school girls? The French adored Nellie.I adored this book--the character, the insight, and best of all, the spirited and genuinely funny author whose "confessions" are entertaining and very insightful. Two thumbs up!
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ISBN:
9780061962141
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Arngrim, Alison
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It Books
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
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Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
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Television actors and actresses
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Arngrim, Alison
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Entertainment & Performing Arts
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Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100631
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HARDCOVER
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General/trade
Language:
English
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Y
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320
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8.44x5.66x1.08 in. .92 lbs.

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