Melissa Gilbert Divorce From Bruce Boxleitner

In Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls (Melissa Gilbert) discovers love when she is a teenager. Laura Wilder married Almanzo Wilder after a few years of courtship in front of the cameras (Dean Butler). The couple had children while the show was airing, and they remained married until Little House on the Prairie ended in 1984.

Gilbert acknowledged having multiple unsuccessful relationships and marriages during her public career, despite her character finding love early on. So, what occurred between Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner, her second husband?

Melissa Gilbert Divorce From Bruce Boxleitner - Complete Info!

After ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ Melissa Gilbert met Bruce Boxleitner

Gilbert revealed in her biography Prairie Tale that she spent most of her youth looking for love. After dating Michael Landon’s son, Michael Landon, Jr., for a short time, the Miracle Worker actor met Rob Lowe when she was 17 years old. Gilbert’s first long-term relationship ended in an engagement as a result of their passion. They dated until 1984 when Little House disbanded. Unfortunately, when she became pregnant with their child, the relationship terminated. Gilbert also experienced a miscarriage soon after the separation.

Gilbert moved on to another actor, Bo Brinkman when her romance with Lowe ended. Dakota Brinkman, the couple’s son, was born one year after they married in 1988. Her marriage, however, dissolved due to her husband’s infidelity. Gilbert discovered her former spouse had cheated on her with Little House alum Shannen Doherty during a counseling session.

In 1992, the star of Anne Frank’s Diary divorced Brinkman. She married actor Bruce Boxleitner a year later. Gilbert claimed in her book that she developed a crush on the star of How the West Was Won and had a photo of him in her locker years before they met.

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Melissa Gilbert’s Divorce From Bruce Boxleitner

Gilbert gave birth to her and Boxleitner’s son, Michael Boxleitner, two years after they married. Landon died of pancreatic cancer on July 1, 1991, and she named their son after him. The Splendor in the Grass actress also assisted her second husband in raising his two sons, Sam and Lee, from a previous marriage.

Gilbert had been married to Boxleitner for 16 years. The actress dedicated the book to her then-husband and four children in 2009. Their relationship, however, terminated in 2011. Gilbert filed for divorce after 16 years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable disagreements,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’ve loved each other for a long time,” she added in an ABC News statement. “We also have four amazing sons together.”

Melissa Gilbert Divorce From Bruce Boxleitner - Complete Info!

The divorce between Gilbert and Boxleitner was formalized in 2011. Following their breakup, she met Timothy Busfield of The West Wing in a bar in 2012. Because of their extensive careers in Hollywood, the two had known each other for years before they married. They had both been divorced twice before they decided to date. The Laura Ingalls Wilder actor’s boyfriend also had three children from previous marriages. The couple, however, took a chance on one other and married on April 24, 2013, making their marriage seven years old.

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“I married my love six years ago today.” In 2019, Gilbert said on Instagram, “I have never been more content, appreciated, or happy.”

“Every day, even the difficult ones,” she said, “is filled with a delight I never could have imagined.” “My hubby, I adore you.” “Happy wedding anniversary.”

By Heather Wilson

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