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Little House on the Prairie actress Karen Grassley says in her new book that co-star Michael Landon acted inappropriately on set.


Karen Grassley, 79, played Caroline “Ma” Ingalls on the hit NBC show of the 1970s.

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While Landon had a lovable-dad personality in the G-rated series, Grassley says he wasn’t the same when the cameras weren’t rolling.

In an interview on Good Day New York, she recalled the times when they were getting ready to shoot scenes together in bed, how Landon would start telling dirty jokes about female anatomy.

“I was raised to be a good girl, you know,” Grassley told Rosanna Scotto. “Get up. Look the other way. Don’t react. And I just froze there. Just froze. And then we’ll shoot the scene.”

Karen Grassle talks about Little House on the Prairie on Good Day New York.

She said that the bad treatment started after the first season when she asked for a raise. Along with acting, Landon was the director and producer of the show.

She says that Landon also began to cut back on her role on the show.

Grassley says she was able to reconcile Landon shortly before he passed away.

“We had many, many good, good times together. So I was very glad that we got a very friendly telephone conversation,” said Grassley. “It was a great relationship and thank heavens.”

Grassley was in Good Day New York to talk about her memoir, “Bright Lights, Prairie Dust: Reflections on Life, Loss and Love from Little House Ma,” which was recently released.

She also talked about failing relationships and other traumatic experiences dealing with alcohol problems.