Melissa Gilbert Opens Up About Her Father's Suicide for the First Time

Season 4 Episode 415
Aired on 11/02/2014 | CC tv-14
Actress Melissa Gilbert's father died suddenly when she was 11 years old, just two years after she landed a lead role on Little House on the Prairie. For decades, Melissa believed that her father, a World War II veteran and a talented entertainer, had died of a stroke. In recent years, however, she began looking into what had happened. "I couldn't get any answers, so I hired a detective," she says.

In the above video, Melissa opens up for the first time about what the detective discovered, and shares how the news affected her emotionally.

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