How Melissa Gilbert Learned The Painful Truth About Her Father's Death (VIDEO)

November 4, 2014 2:35 PM

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Hollywood can be a difficult place for child stars. Some falter under the pressure of being in the spotlight, others struggle to find work after their early careers peak. Melissa Gilbert, who rose to fame as the young Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, represents one of those rare cases where her professional path remained relatively obstacle-free. Her personal life, however, was a different story.

"I had my own familial traumas and difficulties," Gilbert tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" in the above video. "My father died when I was 11. My parents divorced when I was 6. My mother remarried a few times. There was sadness and discomfort at home."

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