An actress best-known for her role on the long-running NBC drama series “Little House on the Prairie” has died. The AP reports that Katherine MacGregor, who played “petty, gossiping mother Harriet Oleson” on the hit family drama, died Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Los Angeles. She was 93.
“While her onscreen nasty daughter Nellie Oleson was the character viewers most loved to hate on the NBC series that ran from 1974 to 1983, her cruel, greedy mother Harriet Oleson was just as awful, never missing a chance at small-town social climbing or petty backbiting,” the AP reports. “They stood in contrast to the warm, loving members of the Ingalls family, who were the show’s focus and often the Olesons’ targets.”
Melissa Gilbert, who worked alongside MacGregor on “Little House,” posted a message today on Instagram saying: “This woman taught me so much… about acting… vintage jewelry… life.
“She was outspoken and hilariously funny. A truly gifted actress as she was able to play a despicable character but with so much heart. Her Harriet Oleson was the woman our fans loved to hate. A perfect antagonist.
“The thing people outside of our prairie family didn’t know, was how loving and nurturing she was with the younger cast.
“I really loved her and I find great comfort knowing that she is at peace and, per her beliefs, her soul has moved on to its next incarnation.
“Farewell Scottie. I hope with all my heart we meet again next time.”
Here’s a YouTube clip posted in 2012, featuring an interview with MacGregor about “Little House on the Prairie” along with clips of her work on the show …