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Many Faces...
Alison as Nellie Oleson

Welcome to our tribute to our buddy Alison Arngrim...better know to those "Little House on the Prairie" fans as the meanest little girl in the West: Nellie Oleson.
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Alison's father Thor Arngrim passed away recently and he will be missed and remembered fondly by all who knew him. Click here for Thor's tribute



Jess Petersen
March 27, 1944 to May 21, 2008

Jess was my "Personal Manager" for many years, but he was quite a bit more than that. He was sort of like a third parent. When I was a teenager, my friends used to tease me that I was the only person they knew who had, "a mother, a father and a Jess".

And well, now I don't have him anymore.

He led a very interesting life, (to put it mildly!), and I really had trouble getting everything he did into an obituary. To read Jess's biography click here

- Alison





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Limited Edition collectible figure. Signed ponies now available.

And... here is the latest from Alison and hubby Bob.

4/20/14

Hurray!!! She's back!!! Well, briefly, anyway. I picked her up at the airport. (Don't you just love LAX?!) We went straight home and opened a bottle of champagne. T'was a good evening.

So she had a great time in France, as usual. Several shows and a book signing, and all went well. Many thanks to Patrick, Herve, Bruno, Ann, and many, many more. And Sock Monkey had a blast! He got to see dragons coming out of a castle, Leonardo Da Vinci's tomb, and many other exciting things.

And right before she left France, there was a special 12-hour marathon showing of LHOTP on INSP (http://www.insp.com/shows/little-house-on-the-prairie/ ) This was to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of NBC's airing of the two-hour pilot movie on March 30, 1974. And, as they promised through extensive advertising in all sorts of social media, Alison was sitting in a cottage in France in front of a roaring fire, making pots of tea and live-tweeting with her fans all during the showings. Everyone had a great time! And to her surprise, when she returned home there was a large box waiting for her from INSP! (To see if you get INSP, go to www.insp.com/insp-channel-finder ) By the way, thank you INSP! (Loved the chocolate!!)

So, back to the ever changing and always exciting schedule for the continuing Year of the Prairie:

Next stop, Pennsylvania. For her first time ever, she's going to Philadelphia for one show on Thursday, April 24th at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St. (between Walnut and Locust just east of 13th), Philadelphia, PA 19107 (www.voyeurnightclub.com/ or 215-735-5772) The show is at 8 PM, and tickets are $22.00 or $40.00 for VIP (click here ) VIP Tickets get preferred seating, a signed photo, and a backstage meet & greet/photo op. (Hey, wait a minute! That's next week!!)

Next she'll take a ferry across the river into New Jersey for the Chiller Theater Autograph & Memorabilia Show, on April 25, 26 & 27th at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey. This will be her first Chiller Con. Check out their website at www.chillertheatre.com/ And Charlotte Stewart will be joining Alison at Chiller, along with good friend Paul Peterson. I wonder what mischief the three of them will be up to?

And then she comes home to Hollywood for another episode of "Nasty Nellie Oleson's Tour of Hollywood." This episode is entitled "The Mothers Day Tour". Tickets are $75 and are available here. This is a three hour tour operated by Dearly Departed Tours (dearlydepartedtours.com ) in which Alison will regale you with tales of her demented childhood growing up in Hollywood. There will be stories, photos, wigs, and there's always something special for the 'theme' of each tour episode!

Apres cela, elle retourne en France en mai et une partie de Juin. Et maintenant, pour le calendrier. Vous pouvez trouver plus sur l'Internet a www.alison-arngrim.com :

Samedi 24 mai 2014 17h : MOREILLES (Vendee) "Confessions d'une garce de la prairie" Renseignements / Reservations : 02 51 30 87 16 / 06 70 58 36 56

Samedi 31 mai 2014 15h : SOULAC-SUR-MER (Gironde) "La malle aux tresors de Nellie Oleson" Renseignements / Reservations : 05 56 09 86 61

Mercredi 4 juin 2014 20h30 : MONTPREVEYRES (Vaud, Suisse) "La malle aux tresors de Nellie Oleson" Renseignements / Reservations : +41 21 903 43 63

They do love their Nellie in France! Check out this interview (Uh, yeah, it's in French! Sorry!)

From there, it's straight to Hartford, Connecticut, for An Evening with Alison Arngrim a.k.a. Nellie Oleson "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch", at the Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105 on Wednesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm. (Twain House Website or 860-280-3130) General admission $20, members $15. Alison will be speaking, taking questions, and signing her book. (First time in Hartford, too!)

And then later in June, Alison is back to New York City. She'll be performing "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. (www.westbankcafe.com/beechman_theatre.html) The shows will be on June 13th and 14th at 7:30 PM each night. Tickets are $22.00, and are available here This is Alison's yearly pilgrimage to the city of her birth. And we do love the Beechman. Good people, great food, and Alison will, as always, have books for sale which she will sign after the show. Just let her get a glass of wine first...

Then from New York she goes straight to Ogunquit, Maine for 4 shows as part of the Summer Concert Series at the Admiral's Inn, 87-95 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907 (www.theadmiralsinn.com/ or 207-646-7093) on June 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2014. Tickets are $45 and are available at www.reactionshows.com. The Admiral's Inn looks like a great place, beautiful, relaxing, bright and sunny. (Wish I could go!!)

Then next up is Laura Ingalls Wilder Days at Heritage Hill in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday and Sunday, July 12th & 13th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (See web site) Tickets are $10 adults, $9 senior citizens and $8 for children 4-17, those 3 and under are free. They've just announced the line up for Wilder Days: This year they will be welcoming Alison Arngrim (Nellie), Hersha Parady (Mrs. Garvey), Radames Pera (John Edwards) and Lucy Lee Flippin, who played the school teacher (Almanzo's sister, "Eliza Jane Wilder)! They're also bringing in noted author and Laura Ingalls Wilder historian Bill Anderson.

This year there will also be a performance of Confessions at the Meyer Theater, 117 South Washington Street, Green Bay, WI 54301 on Friday, July 11th, with a book signing to follow the show. Tickets are $20 regular or $50 VIP, and the show is at 7:00 PM. VIP Ticket includes a book and private Meet and Greet. Tickets for this show went on sale December 13th. (www.meyertheatre.org/events/ or 800.895.0071)

Next is the "Little House TV Cast Reunion" Scheduled for July 25, 26, & 27, 2014, in Walnut Grove, MN. (www.walnutgrove.org/) The line-up so far is: Hersha Parady (Mrs. Garvey), Wendi & Brenda Turnbaugh (Baby Grace Ingalls), Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), Rachel & Robyn Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), Alison, Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder), and Radames Pera (John Edwards). This is great! Some of these folks haven't been seen much at reunions and cast events.

Ce sera suivi par la "Reunion des acteurs de La petite maison dans la prairie en France. "Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm in Toulon in the south of France. L'evenement sera a le Palais de congres a Toulon. (Click ici) Tarif plein 32 Euros - Tarif reduit : 15 Euros (enfants jusqu'a 12 ans inclus) Renseignements / Reservations: au 07 60 61 58 24 ou par e-mail : associationprairieland@gmail.com. The actual roster of LHOTP alumni attending has been released, and those appearing are Karen Grassle, Charlotte Stewart, Alison and Radames Pera.

If anyone feels like flying to France, I'll see you there! (And I really am doing my birthday party in Paris!!) Seriously, if you're going to be in France the first couple of weeks in August, let us know and we'll direct you to the party.

And on the way home Alison will be stopping off in Maine for 4 more shows at the Admiral's Inn on August 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2014. (See above) Same venue, same links, tickets on sale now.

There, how's THAT for a schedule? Makes you tired just reading it, no? ("You think you're tired, says Alison, just try dragging all of that luggage around France for a month! How do you think I feel?!?!")

(OK, calm down, relax, throw a chicken at a guy or something! Sheesh!)

Rumour Control

Portland, Oregon - She has not been there in years, but we love Portland. Rumor only. But keep your eyes on later this fall, and we'll see.

Veruca Salt is coming to town. No, not the band. THE Veruca Salt AKA actress Julie Dawn Cole, of the original "Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory". Bitches gathering, maybe? Watching for more info on this one. Still only a rumor at this point. Throw Out the Anchor – Rumor has it that this pearly gem from Alison's past may soon be available on DVD in France! Where hopefully they will think it's "art". Rumor only, no further news to report.

Hey, Texas! Want some Nellie? How's the weather in Austin in the spring, anyway? Since this is The Year of The Prairie, it seems that a certain TV show may be having a few LHOTP alums in to visit. Only rumor at this point and I couldn't tell you even if I did know. Which I don't. (No, really!)

Miscellaneous

Well, let's see. Oh, I know, here's a little gem I just ran across: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9AYEPcuLYM I kind of liked it, myself!

Remember I told you that Alison had a great time in Sedona? Well check this out: http://youtu.be/pmMtAxnvne0 This is an interview show on Sedona Now hosted by Glenn Scarpelli, and Alison will explain how she got to be in Sedona at the Film Festival in the first place, and how much she loves Sedona.

Remember this from last month?

Little House on the Prairie Season One - The re-mastered edition of "Little House on the Prairie" Season 1 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on March 25. This includes all 24 season one episodes complete, uncut and re-mastered, the full-length pilot movie, screen test for Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, and part one of a six-part documentary: "The Little House Phenomenon: Part One- A Place in Television History". This documentary series is being done by film maker and film historian Gary Leva (www.levafilmworks.com). Gary has produced and directed scores of award-winning documentaries over the years, including documentaries on the work of George Lucas, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, and Stanley Kubrick. This set will be available for $38.99 (Blu-ray) or $29.98 (DVD).

Well, this month we have news. This month they are starting the cast interviews for the next part of that documentary. Who are they interviewing, you ask? Well, can't say. (But there are a lot of them!)

Wait!! I have REAL news! We have a new address for Alison's website. This one is really easy to remember, too. So, what do I call you at the end of each newsletter? (This is a test. Do you read the whole thing? There are some people who have never even read as far as Sock Monkey!) Yep, Bonnet Heads! So now you can go to www.BonnetHeads.com and connect right to Alison's website. Never to be forgotten!

And just for the record, Heeere's Amy is still available on I-Tunes: click here.

Prairie Tidbits

Jason Bateman (James Cooper Ingalls) - Jason has a very busy year. He has completed work as the lead in the film "The Longest Week", due to be released this year. He has also completed work as the narrator on all 12 episodes of the TV series "Growing Up Fisher". He has completed work on the film "This Is Where I Leave You", due to be released September 12, 2014. "Horrible Bosses 2" is in post-production, and "The Family Fang" is in pre-production. Jason works a lot!

Shannen Doherty (Jenny Wilder) - Shannen has several things in the works now. She has completed work on the film "Bukowski", due to be released this year. "Undateable John" and the TV movie "All I Want For Christmas" are both in post-production, and she is currently filming "Back In The Day" with Danny Glover, predicted to be released in September 2014. Busy girl!

Pamela Roylance (Sarah Reed Carter) - Pam plays Dr. Sheldon in "Still Here", a short film currently in post-production

Tracie Savage (Christy Kennedy) - Tracie plays Alice Hardy in the file "The Bone Garden", which is still listed as being in post-production. Check out the trailer: click here Good job, Tracie! Now, when do you think this one will be released?

The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Twenty-Nine)
Finally, the last day of filming had arrived. Sock Monkey had thought it would be a great adventure, working on a French film with Alison. Well, yes, it was, but it was also a lot of work. She had to scramble for wardrobe, learn last minute script changes (in French!), and survive the bleak accommodations filming on location miles from his beloved Paris. He had learned the meaning of "grip-strength" coffee. Alison took it all in stride, and the shoot was wrapped in a few days. Now they were packing up for the long drive to Paris and their final night in a little hotel near the airport. Sock Monkey was ready to go home. And he realized that he now thought of Alison's house in California as "home". And he wondered what his next adventure would be like . . . . . (To be continued...)

Catahoula News
Well, things are looking up for Catahoula. We just had four of our songs placed in an independent short film called "Highway 15". Check out the trailer: click here Highway 15 just won Best Short Western Film at the Barebones Film Festival. Looking' good! And we're booking our next performance for June. See you then!

There you have it, the fourth Alison Newsletter for 2014, the Official Year of the Prairie!!

As usual (Comme d'habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I'll talk to you next month.

- Bob


Alison's comedy album "Heeere's Amy!"
- back from the great beyond!

UPROAR Entertainment has re-released the comedy album Alison did back in 1977. It's called "Heeere's Amy!" and is a series of rather bizarre comedy sketches involving the daughter of President Jimmy Carter and her encounters with various idiots around the White House. It stars Alison, her mother and several 1970's comedians who went onto become quite famous....

For an explanation as to how - or for heaven's sake WHY - such a thing came into being, check out the explanation on her Tumblr page: "Heeere's Amy!" the back story

Many fans have tracked this down and bought the old vinyl version on E-Bay. But now, the past has gone digital and you can now download "Heeere's Amy!" to your I-Pod. Now available at UPROAR, Amazon, I-Tunes and all sites that sell downloadable comedy.

UPROAR
AMAZON
iTunes


BITCH ON WHEELS!!! - literally - Check out the amazing photos of Alison, Tippi Hedren and Julie Newmar at the Los Angeles G.A.Y. Car Show - CLICK HERE.


Alison's book made Library Journal's BEST BOOKS OF 2010!! The French-language version of Alison's book, "LA PETITE GARCE DANS LA PRAIRIE", was released. (http://www.florentmassot.com) Click here to read more
It may be because of rather than despite a lifetime of being loathed for her onscreen personality that Arngrim is an immensely likable narrator. She hilariously portrays 1970s Hollywood among a family of actorsliving in the Chateau Marmont and making soup from KFC chicken bones. Arngrim has no shame in bowing to the B-list celebrity gods and opens the door to the Little House in order to promote activism for people with HIV and abuse survivors.


More Alison In Print
Ever heard of "Daeida Magazine"? I thought not. You gotta check this out! It's a great magazine to begin with, specializing in super glamorous photo layouts of your favorite stars, but the August issue has a section entitled: "The Bitch Is Back!" You guessed it, exclusive interview and photos of Alison and her new book. Go to www.daeida.com, click on latest issue, and see for yourself!


ALISON'S MOVIE "MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY" AVAILABLE ON DVD

"Make The Yuletide Gay" is now on Netflix! It's on Amazon! You name it!! And yes, Alison is in it!! In all her leopard print, gaudy "cougar" splendor!!

Click here for film's trailer

Click here to purchase on Amazon.com

Alison Now
Alison Now
Ms. Arngrim is very pleased to announce that she is now being represented by:

For voice-over, film, comedy or events:
Loose Gravel Productions
10153 1/2 Riverside Dr., #641
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
loosegravelprod@aol.com

For publicity:
Harlan Boll at BHB PR at h.boll@dcpublicity.com

For any project in Europe, please contact:
Patrick Loubatiere
edson@free.fr
http://www.alison-arngrim.com



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THE OLESON MERCHANTILE IS OPEN!


NELLIE SAYS "ORDER THE BOOK, NOW!!!"

- and we don't want to make Nellie angry now boys and girls do we?

Alison's book is now unleashed upon the world and if you can't make it to one of her pesonal appearances to get it autographed you can pre-order online:

Order on Amazon

Order on Barnes and Noble

Order on Borders

Order on IndieBound

Need a personally autographed copy of "Confessions of A Prairie Bitch", but you just CAN'T get near ANY of the book signings?? Fret no more Bonnet-heads! We have a SOLUTION!

  1. Go to the fabulous website for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
  2. Click on Shopping Cart, go to WG Related Books & TV Stars' Books, and click on Alison's book (Add To Cart). This will take you to the shopping cart, what is basically an order form.
  3. Look for the box that says "Ordering Instructions". See it? Good. Now type in your request. Tell them you want the book personally autographed to you. You can also request a certain dedication. ("From One Bitch To Another" is quite popular!)
  4. Then just order the books. It will take 2 to 3 weeks, because they then ship the book to Alison and she signs it and sends it back to Walnut Grove. (This will soon be simpler when they update their website!) Or if you don't need a personal dedication, just order an autographed book (found elsewhere on the site) and it will arrive sooner. (And while you're there, check out the authentic Prairie bonnets and dresses!)


AND SPEAKING OF BOOKS - Alison's Mom's Book is now available on Amazon
The Maquinna Line: A Family Saga is set on Vancouver Island from 1871 to 1945, with a nod to the meeting of Captain Cook and Chief Maquinna in 1778. It traces the stories of the five families of varied social standing, including two descendents of Chief Maquinna. In the end, theyre all ordinary people trying to find happiness in the face of intrigue, ambition, misunderstanding and changing social and sexual mores.

A murder, a tryst, a mysterious child. A Victoria aristocrat who obsesses over her Churchill relatives. A repressive Welsh mother with a royalty fixation. A once-carefree Hesquiat girl from Nootka Sound. A dashing Icelandic philanderer. And quiet, steady Julia Godolphin, trying to rise above it all. The lost novel of Norma Macmillan, the Vancouver actress who lived much of her life in New York and Hollywood, is the work of a woman steeped in the American entertainment industry but deeply in love with the history of her native province, which eventually drew her home before her death in 2001.

Looking to break in to showbiz? Read Alison's advice and tips..

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Dearly Departed Tours Presents: The Nellie Oleson Tour with Alison Arngrim
Hey folks here is your chance to meet and spend time with Alison on a private tour of Hollywood and the environs. She grew up in Hollywood and has many stories to share from living at the Chateau Marmont during the swinging sixties, the Hollywood Hills, to the celebrity haunts of Hollywood. As she also does in her internationally acclaimed one woman show "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" she will provide the most dishy and personal insights into celebs of yesterday and today. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!!

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He's doing all sorts of new stuff - OK well not new, the whole point is it's really, really ancient and traditional.

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"As stated in Sensei Funakoshi first principle, never forget that Karate begins and ends with respect. We are an old school in a modern time. If you would like to train with us, please bring a humble attitude and a willingness to learn."


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