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Little House on the Prairie

Karen Grassle

Caroline "Ma" Ingalls

Karen Grassle was born on February 25, 1942 in Berkeley, Calif. As a 1964 graduate ofUniversity of California at Berkeley, Grassle primed herself for a career in acting by training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. After a few bit parts on stage and TV, she gave the audition of a lifetime and won the role of nurturing wife and mother Caroline Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. From the series debut in 1974 until its end in 1983, Grassle played a major role in keeping viewing audiences glued to their sets year after year.

Like many of her co-stars, Grassle was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. When the hit show ended, she turned her attention in a different direction. Dedicated to the rights of women, she successfully wrote and co-starred in television mini-series Battered (1978), which focused on domestic violence. With the exception of few TV appearances, including a 2002 appearance on a "Memorable Moms" episode of game show The Weakest Link, Grassle remains out of the Hollywood spotlight.

Character Bio

Caroline Ingalls does whatever she needs to do to keep her family together. Married to her true love, Charles, she is the support system and foundation that helps keep the Ingalls in tact. With her sensitive demeanor, compassion and strong Christian values, Caroline passionately stands beside her husband. She also is a pillar of strength and great friend for her young daughters who turn to in their times of need. Whether it's pitching in to assist with the farming, putting a hot meal on the table or standing up to the local snob, Mrs. Oleson, Caroline is always there on the frontline ready to battle for the good of her family.