'Little House on the Prairie' Star Sadly Passes Away, Cast in Mourning

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November 14, 2018Nov 14, 2018

One of the stars of America's most beloved TV show has passed away.

Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, who was best known for her role as Harriet Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie," died on Tuesday in Woodland Hills, California. She was 93.

Before her death, MacGregor was living at the Motion Picture Fund Long Term Nursing Care facility in Woodland Hills, California.

MacGregor, who played the mother of bratty Nellie Oleson, had a long run on the show. She played her gossipy character in 153 episodes of the 1970s TV Show.

She started out as a theater actress before moving to California in the 1950s to break into television. She found her breakout role in Harriet Oleson.

"I was getting ready to go back to New York and my agent called and said, 'Could you go see somebody this afternoon?'" the official website reports. "And I said, 'Who did you say I'm supposed to meet?' She said, 'Michael Landon.' And I said, 'Well, who's he?'"

The role of Mrs. Oleson, who contrasted with her mild-mannered husband Nels, made MacGregor famous. She says she focused on making her character multi-dimensional instead of just the mean foil for kind Ma Ingalls.

"Anyone that mean has to be a fool," she said. "So I began mixing farce into it."

Her co-star Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls, posted on Instagram about MacGregor's passing, noting: "The thing people outside of our prairie family didn’t know, was how loving and nurturing she was with the younger cast."

Alison Arngrim, who played her daughter Nellie on the show, also paid tribute to MacGregor on Instagram. "Long live our beautiful Harriet. Long live the immortal Katherine MacGregor!" she wrote.

Did you love "Little House on the Prairie" when it was on the air? Please pray for all those who are mourning MacGregor at her passing. May God comfort and guide them.

Please also pray for the friends and family of the member of an iconic singing trio, who just passed away. 

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