Melissa Sue Anderson appeared in several commercials as a child-artist, which helped her land. Acting offers on television. She made her screen-debut in an episode of the fantasy sitcom ‘Bewitched’ (1972). She next appeared in ‘Shaft,’ and as ‘Millicent’ in the sitcom ‘Brady Bunch’ (1973).
Anderson was cast as ‘Mary Ingalls,’ the eldest child of the ‘Ingalls family’ in the Western historical drama-series ‘Little House on the Prairie’ (1974-1981). The role brought in recognition and ‘Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series,’ and also Spain’s ‘TP de Oro’ award for ‘Best Foreign Actress.’
In Michael Landon’s autobiographical TV-movie ‘The Loneliest Runner’ (1976) Anderson played the protagonist’s first girlfriend ‘Nancy Rizzi,’ followed by the TV series ‘James at 15’ (1977). She featured in two different episodes of ‘ABC Afterschool Special,’ wherein her performance as ‘Alexandria’ in the episode ‘Which Mother is Mine?’ (1979) earned her ‘Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming.’
After appearing in TV series ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘A New Kind of Family,’ and ‘CHiPs,’ Anderson played ‘Dana Lee Gilbert’ in the teenage drama TV film ‘The Survival of Dana’ (1979). She was also seen in the fantasy series ‘Fantasy Island’ and the anthology series ‘Insight’ (1980).
Anderson made her film debut with the slasher movie ‘Happy Birthday to Me’ (1981) fetching a ‘Young Artist Award’ nomination. She next appeared in TV movies ‘Midnight Offerings’ (1981), ‘An Innocent Love’ (1982), ‘First Affair’ (1983), and TV-series ‘Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends,’ ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘Glitter,’ ‘Hotel,’ ‘The Equalizer,’ ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘Burke’s Law,’ ‘Partners,’ and more.
After a starring role in the comedy film ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ (1984), Anderson appeared in several films, including ‘Far North’ (1988), ‘Dead Men Don’t Die’ (1990), ‘Manuel’ (1991), ‘Veronica Mars’ (2014), and ‘The Con is On’ (2018).
Veronica Mars is a mystery crime film, which revolves around a former private investigator Veronica, who is now aspiring to be a lawyer in New York. However, she has to return to her hometown again to solve a murder mystery, to help her old flame.
Happy Birthday to Me is a mystery horror thriller film which tells the story of a girl named Virginia, studying at the Crawford Academy, who is quite pretty and also popular among her fellow students. Things get ugly when her friends start to go missing one by one.
Killing Machine is an action drama film which tells the story of a former terrorist who begins a lawful life as a truck driver. During a trip, he ignores warnings about the mafia, which leads him to trouble, leading to his wife being murdered. Therefore, he is forced to use his previous military training to exact revenge on the gang.
Bert Waters, the owner of a losing football team, seizes the chance when his father-in-law leaves him $1million on the condition that he must restore the Chattanooga Choo Choo train and complete the New York to Chattanooga run in 24 hours. Bert has his girlfriend, estranged wife, daughter, along with his team, team-coach, cheerleaders and the press, turning it into a hilarious train ride.
This American comedy musical film is set in a local roller disco rink called Skatetown, U.S.A. in Los Angeles. Released in 1979, the movie features many popular TV stars of the 1960s and 1970s and follows the rivalry of two skaters who eventually become friends.
The Con is On is a heist comedy film which tells the story of Harriet and Peter, who owe a massive gambling debt to a notorious mobster in England. They flee to Los Angeles, where the try to come up with a plan to rob Peter’s ex-wife of her priceless ring, in order to pay back their debt.