being hired. I turned on an episode that
featured;Ray;Bolger,;the;wonderful;ac-tor who had played the Scarecrow in the
Wizard of Oz. I was so moved by it because there was just a sweetness about
the thing that was unmistakable. Ray
was still dancing and charming and all
I am so glad that I am able to be a part of
this in some way, whatever way it would
end up being.
Then in the fall, when I premiered on
from stations around the country to have
talent from shows come and visit. They
might do a parade or go to some civic
event or whatever. I started going to these
events and seeing the response that people had to the show, learning that people
television show. There was this nice con-nection.;I;think;that;really;sealed;for;me
that I was involved in something pretty
later, I was fully vested in it and really
involved for the rest of my life.
first;bonus;content;for;the;television;se-ries DVDs—that was a great experience.
Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura in conjunc-tion;with;the;Laura;and;Almanzo;Wilder
great experience as we shot it on location
at the farm. Then, two years after that,
House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura
Ingalls Wilder documentary was really a
thrill, because that was the all-encom-passing Laura story.
I have loved being a part of this for the
more than thirty years since the series
kinds;of;things,;but;Little House always
stays with me, and I expect it to for the
rest of my life.
;What;is;your;favorite;part;of;mak-ing the documentaries?
(and I think it's really the thing that
turned me ultimately away from acting to
producing), is that you get to start with a
in the beginning, and at the end there is a
of creating that with the team of people
part of it.
In;terms;of;specifics,;where;these;doc-umentaries are concerned, going to the
actual locations where Laura lived and
really;fun.;Being;able;to;put,;as;a;produc-er, my little stamp on my interpretation
of that experience is a wonderful way to
remain connected to something that has
been very important to me.
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series), more than any other, that our
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part of treasured family memories, how
little stamp on my interpretation of
that experience is a wonderful way to
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Dean in Malone, New York, standing on the Trout River. Photo credit: Eric Caron