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Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Highest Rated: 67% Lasso (2018)

Lowest Rated: 62% Not to Forget (2021)

Birthday: Feb 25, 1942

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, USA

Karen Grassle was born and raised in Berkeley, California, where she was the valedictorian at Ventura High School and eventually attended UC Berkeley, where she received a degree in drama and English. Shortly after college, she earned a scholarship to the London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she became the head of the Voice Department. Grassle eventually returned to the States, where she went on to appear the New York stage. In 1974 she was cast in her first television role, and the medium has been her home ever since. Appearances on the kooky cruise ship comedy "The Love Boat" and acclaimed western "Gunsmoke" peppered her acting resume, but it's her role as matriarch Caroline Ingalls on the long-running family drama "Little House on the Prairie" that she is most recognized for. The show ran from 1974 to 1982 and brought Grassle's smiling face into the homes of millions over the years. Towards the end of the show's run she did some one-off work on the heralded Angela Lansbury detective drama "Murder, She Wrote" and in some TV movies, but "Little House" was always Grassle's main gig. After the show ended, she returned to the theatre.

Highest rated movies

67% Lasso 62% Not to Forget


None LITTLE HOUSE: THE LAST FAREWELL, from left: Karen Grassle, Michael Landon, 1984, © NBC



62% 75% Not to Forget Melody (Character) - 2021
67% 60% Lasso Lillian (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Darkness and the Dawn Ellen Foster Holland (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House: The Last Farewell Caroline Ingalls (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 46% Cocaine: One Man's Seduction Barbara Gant (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crisis in Mid-Air Betsy Culver (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battered Susannah Hawks (Character),
- 1978
No Score Yet 40% The President's Mistress The President's Mistress/Donna Morton (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Emily, Emily Terry (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 100% Little House on the Prairie Caroline Ingalls (Character) - 1974


No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Fay Hewitt (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Caroline Ingalls (Character) 1974-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Fran (Guest Star) 1974