Melissa Gilbert Ended Her Friendship With Michael Landon After Learning What He Did

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Melissa Gilbert worked with Michael Landon on Little House on the Prairie. Not only did he play her father on the show, but he was also a father figure to her in real life. Melissa’s own father died in 1976 so she became even closer to Michael after that. She grew up on the show seeing as she was eight years old when it began and 18 when it ended. Over the years, the two had a great relationship. Their families even went on vacation together.

This is why it was so hard for Melissa when she found out that Michael cheated on his wife Lynn with his makeup artist, Cindy Clerico. Cindy was over 20 years younger than Michael. In Melissa’s memoir, she opened up about why it was so hard to learn about the affair and how it changed her relationship with Michael forever.

Melissa Gilbert’s relationship with Michael Landon was never the same after she found out he cheated on his wife

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Season 1, 1974-1983
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Season 1, 1974-1983 / Everett Collection

She said that her mom came into her room one day and told her about the affair. Melissa started to piece things together and realized she had noticed Michael and Cindy spending a lot of time together. She wrote, “‘I have to work with Mike. I can’t take sides, yet he’s done something that’s turned my world into angry, opposing sides.’ I was put in a horribly uncomfortable position.”

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Michael Landon and Cindy Clerico
Michael Landon and Cindy Clerico / Photo by Alan Light/Flickr

Later on, Michael and Lynn almost got back together but ultimately split up for good. He later got married to Cindy and they stayed together until his death in 1991. Melissa revealed that she was asked never to talk about the affair or his relationships in front of Michael. Eventually, Melissa cut him off.

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, 1973-84
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, 1973-84 / Everett Collection

They did reconnect before he died. They were able to speak again at Michael’s daughter Leslie’s wedding in 1990.

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