Classic Conversations

Pop culture influencers, TV stars, film actors, comedians, and musicians share inspirational stories about the road to success. Insightful conversations that are part comedy/part drama and always entertaining! With your host, described as “The Midwest Lounge Letterman,” Jeff Dwoskin.


episode 166: Karen Grassle talks Bright Lights, Prairie Dust, and Little Houses

How does following your passion and never relenting lead to legendary status?

Karen Grassle, known around the world for her portrayal of the iconic character of “Ma” on Little House on the Prairie, shares her inspirational journey with me.

My guest, Karen Grassle and I discuss:

  • Karen's memoir, Bright Lights, Prairie Dust
  • Karen's hilarious episode of The Love Boat with Fred Willard and Joe Namath
  • Finding her passion in the theater and never giving up on her dream
  • Landing a re-occurring role on The Guiding Light
  • Auditioning for and landing the role of Ma (Caroline Ingalls) on Little House on the Prairie
  • Meeting Michael Landon for the first time
  • Entering the world of the 1800s and meeting her Prairie family
  • Filming the pilot for Little House on the Prairie
  • Practical jokes on the set of Little House on the Prairie
  • Contract negotiations once Little House on the Prairie became a hit and her fight for pay inline to a star of a top 10 show
  • 2 specific episodes: A Matter of Faith and The Reward that both featured Karen prominently
  • Battered - the TV movie of the week Karen co-wrote and starred in that brought domestic abuse awareness to the public for the first time

You're going to love my conversation with Little House's Ma, Karen Grassle!  

Our Guest, Karen Grassle

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