When other girls her age were experiencing their first crushes, Melissa Sue Anderson was receiving handwritten marriage proposals from fans as young as, and younger than, she was. When other girls were dreaming of their first kiss, Melissa was struggling through hers in front of a camera. From age 11, in 1974, until she left the show, in 1981, Melissa Anderson literally grew up before the viewers of Little House on the Prairie.
Melissa, as Mary, is remembered by many as the blind sister - and she was the only actor in the series to be nominated for an Emmy. In The Way I See It, she takes listeners onto the set and inside the world of the iconic series created by Michael Landon, who, Melissa discovered, was not perfect, as much as he tried to be. In this memoir she also shares her memories of working with guest stars like Todd Bridges, Mariette Hartley, Sean Penn, Patricia Neal, and Johnny Cash.
In addition to stories of life on the set, Melissa offers revealing looks at her relationships off-set with her costars, including the other Melissa (Melissa Gilbert) and Alison Arngrim, who portrayed Nellie Oleson on the show. And she relates stories of her guest appearances on iconic programs such as The Love Boat and The Brady Bunch.
Filled with personal, revealing anecdotes and memorabilia from the Little House
The coyly titled The Way I See It is the autobiography of Melissa Anderson, known to viewers all over the world as Mary, the blind Ingalls sister on the immensely popular 1970s-1980s television series Little House on the Prairie.Affectionately and engagingly performed by Jane Pfitsch, The Way I See Ittakes the listener onto the set of Little House and introduces her to some of the actors America came to love, including Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon, or "America’s family man", as Anderson calls him. The listener then learns of Anderson’s life after Little House, include her eventual gig in Canada in the "best role of my life", happily married wife and mother of two.
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Nostalgic view of the beloved episodes.
I loved how she describes how television shows are shot, and how they do several takes from different angles. And the story about how she had to remember when to take a bite and drink of water in the dinner scenes! It looks so flawless on the screen - who knew?
I REALLY wish it was Melissa herself narrating, but Jane does alright.
Unlike the other reviewers, I LOVED hearing the episodes retold from her perspective. She describes the episodes where she was featured the most however, so it wasn't a retelling of every show.
Enlighting behind the scenes story.
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