The Little House on the Prairie child star's new tell-all Prairie Tale recounts how her life disintegrated after starring on the long-running series with TV daddy Michael Landon!
By the time she was 20 she had 3 nose jobs, a face lift, booze driven affairs and an unplanned pregnancy with Rob Lowe!
Despite playing the funny tom-boy Laura Ingalls, Melissa learned about alcohol from TV daddy, Landon.
"As a kid, I didn't know he sipped vodka from his coffee mug," Gilbert revealed, "But I'm sure he's one reason why, as a young adult, I almost always picked men who smelled like alcohol. I'm not accusing Landon, he was a great guy, but he wasn't perfect."
"I also had lost my baby at 17 and my relationship with Rob (Lowe)… and it hurt like only those who have experienced it," she writes.
After an alcohol fueled, tempestuous relationship with another, actor Bo Brinkman with whom she had a son, Dakota, the couple divorced after he cheated on Gilbert, according to the book.
Today, she's married to actor Bruce Boxleitner. Melissa been sober for five years and continues to work in TV and served as president of Screen Actor's Guild.
Beloved by her many many fans, Melissa still receives letters from women who's own tortured lives forced them to seek solace by viewing Little House on the Prairie, wishing their lives were like the beautiful world of Laura Ingalls.
"Me too", Melissa confessed.