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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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NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH ALISON!
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Limited Edition collectible figure. Signed ponies now available.


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

8/6/14

August, and I feel like I’m in the midst of a whirling maelstrom of activity! (And I am, as you’ll soon see!)

First, some business. We found out that some of you did not get the last newsletter. It seems Willie Oleson was playing on the computer and something went wonky with our e-mail. We fixed it now, so if you did not receive the Fifth 2014 Nellie Newsletter that went out in mid-May, you can send an e-mail to our new address and I’ll forward a copy.

Now, let’s see, what has been happening lately? Oh, yes, that reunion thing in Walnut Grove!

There were 11 cast members from LHOTP who descended upon the small peaceful town of Walnut Grove on July 25 - 27, along with SEVERAL THOUSAND Prairie fans. (Bonnetheads?) And mayhem ensued! But it was a peaceful, orderly mayhem. There were visits to the museum, and autograph sessions, and a trip to the actual banks of Plum Creek (in the pouring rain!), and autograph sessions, and presentations on the band stand in the park, and autograph sessions, and a pageant put on by the residents of Walnut Grove on Friday and Saturday nights, and autograph sessions, and a good time was had by all. (Did I mention there were autograph sessions?)

Let’s see, our troop of TV Cast invaders included Alison (Nellie), Dean Butler (Almanzo), Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder), Hersha Parady (Mrs. Garvey), Radames Pera (John Edwards), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh (Baby Grace), Robyn and Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), and for the very first time, Dan McBride (Henry Riley). (You remember Henry. He was the customer who was never happy with the food at Nellie’s Hotel. She also hit him in the face with a chicken!) We arrived on Thursday, and went to a dinner with the Museum Board members and volunteers. Friday morning we toured the museum and spent the rest of the day greeting fans and signing autographs. The Baby Grace and Baby Carrie twins did a presentation on the bandstand in the park. And in the evening there was a Q & A session with the cast members before the pageant. And Alison and Dan were up to some shenanigans. (To be expected!)

Then on Saturday we went out to Plum Creek for a visit. And then the rains came. We got wet! So, we scampered onto to the bus and went back to town for the autograph sessions. There were very long lines of fans again, all standing there in the rain, just as wet as we were! The rain finally let up, and then Victor and Tracy French, the children of Victor French (Mr. Edwards) took the band stand and talked about their father and his time on 'Little House.' After the autographs there was another Q & A session before the pageant. (And chickens were involved!)

Then on Sunday morning the Fire Department put on a pancake breakfast, and there was a photo session with the entire cast as a group. (Boy, those firemen sure can cook!) Then we all went to the airport and came on home.

For a more complete description from the local press, check this out:
http://www.First Article
http://www.agrinews.com/news/minnesota_news

I’m not sure I can put into words just what a wonderful event this was, and what a great time everyone had. It was long and grueling, there was hot sun, and rain, and yet I never saw anyone even get cranky! This event has had a FaceBook group page for about a year now, and as of today there are over 8,600 members in the group. People were connecting with friends that they only knew from Facebook, and the entire weekend was such a loving, sharing, good spirited event. For our part, I need to send a special thank you to Amy and Nicole from the museum, the Museum Board, the Reunion Committee, and all the terrific volunteers who made this event possible. And to Leo our fabulous bus driver, and especially to Paul, who managed to keep us all in line.

One of the special treats at the Walnut Grove Cast Reunion was our friend Patrick Loubatiere who joined us from France. Patrick is the author of two books about the TV series, including “Little House on the Prairie From A to Z”, which is a part of the original DVD collection. And as you look at the schedule below and see all those dates that Alison is doing her show in France, Patrick is the person she performs with. Now, when Patrick was at the reunion, he was there presenting his new book “Prairie Memories”. "Prairie Memories" is a book of exclusive in-depth interviews with Karen Grassle, (Caroline Ingalls), Richard Bull, (Nels Oleson), Katherine Macgregor, (Harriett Oleson) and Dabs Greer, (Reverend Alden). The interviews with Richard and Dabs were completed shortly before their deaths. It’s chock full of behind the scenes stories and the section on Katherine Macgregor is 21 PAGES LONG!! Talk about "Harriett’s Happenings"!! Anyway, check this out to see what I mean: http://prairiememories.bigcartel.com/. (I’ve got my copy and I’m hanging on to it!) Patrick talks to them about their entire careers and has exclusive photos from their private collections.

So, now back to the schedule:

Our next stop will be France. Nous serons présents a 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'événement sera à le Palais de congres a Toulon. (Click here for more info ) 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. Yes, this is a cast reunion to be held in Toulon in the south of France. 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, we’ll see you there! (And I really am doing my birthday party in Paris!!)

NEWS FLASH: Alison’s shows at The Admiral's Inn in August have been cancelled! (Long story!) So, no matter what you read online or in the newspapers, she won’t be there. (Sorry. She'll probably book another date in the same area soon.)

So, once we get back from France, we have a few days off. Then, on Sunday August 24th, at 4:00 PM, Alison is doing another "Nasty Nellie Oleson’s Tour of Hollywood." (She may even have stories from France!) Tickets are $75 and are available at http://www.zerve.com/DDTours/Nellie This is a three hour tour operated by Dearly Departed Tours (http://dearlydepartedtours.com) in which Alison will regale you with tales of her demented childhood growing up in Hollywood. Now, as of yesterday, there were only 5 seats left on this tour, so if you’re going to be in town at the end of August, you may want to reserve your tickets now!

Then Alison is off to Keystone South Dakota for "Holy Terror Days" (No, it's not named for Nellie!) From their FaceBook Page: Five cast members of "Little House on the Prairie" will be appearing in Keystone as part of the annual Holy Terror Days, sponsored in part by the Holy Terror Days Association and the Keystone Area Office of Tourism. The cast will be participating in the numerous events that are a part of the Holy Terror Days weekend which will include autograph signings, a memorabilia auction, Living School House re-enactments, a Main Street parade and a live question & answer period with the cast. The following cast members of "Little House on the Prairie" are scheduled to appear in Keystone, SD, September 6-7, 2014: Alison Arngrim, ("Nellie Oleson"); Lindsay Greenbush, ("Carrie Ingalls"); Charlotte Stewart, ("Ms. Eva Beadle"); Hersha Parady, ("Alice Garvey"); and Radames Pera, ("John Sanderson Edwards, Jr."). Contact Information: Sandi MClain; Holy Terror Days Association (605) 666-4847 & Paul D. Valenti; LHOPEvents@aol.com. Not sure about cost, couldn’t find anything on their website.

Et alors, Alison revient en France pour une nouvelle tournee. Vous pouvez trouver plus sur l'Internet a www.alison-arngrim.com :

Vendredi 26 septembre, 20h30 : MONTBETON-MONTAUBAN (Tarn-et-Garonne) - "Confessions d'une garce de la prairie" - Renseignements / Reservations : 06 71 30 31 52

Vendredi 3 octobre 2014, 20h30 : SAINT-MARD (Seine-et-Marne) - "La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson" - Renseignements / Reservations : 01 60 03 11 12

Samedi 4 octobre 2014, 20h30 : BERRIC (Morbihan) - "Confessions d'une garce de la prairie" - Renseignements / Reservations : 02 97 67 01 37 / 02 97 67 07 46

Vendredi 10 octobre 2014, 20h30 : BEAUMES-DE-VENISE (Vaucluse) - "La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson" - Renseignements / Reservations : 04 90 62 94 39

Samedi 11 octobre 2014, 20h30 : ANCONE-MONTELIMAR (Drome) - "La malle aux tresors de Nellie Oleson" - Renseignements / Reservations : 07 82 01 25 81

Samedi 18 octobre 2014, 20h30 : CHASSE-SUR-RHONE (Isère) - "La malle aux tresors de Nellie Oleson" - Renseignements / Reservations : 04 72 24 48 00

Vendredi 24 octobre 2014, 20h30 : VIRTON (Luxembourg, Belgique) - "La malle aux tresors de Nellie Oleson" - Renseignements / Reservations : 0032 475 692 858 / 498 500 485 / 497 942 436

Samedi 25 octobre 2014, 20h30 : FAINS-VEEL (Meuse) - "La malle aux tresors de Nellie Oleson" - Renseignements / Reservations : 06 80 52 51 98

Elle aura disparu pendant six semaines ce temps !! (Oh, sorry!) She’ll be gone for six weeks this time!! Good Grief! (Maybe I can rent out her room while she’s gone . . .) She gets back just in time to celebrate Michael Landon’s Birthday. (You know, Halloween!)

So, enough with the schedule.

Rumour Control:

1. Hey, Texas! Want some Nellie? How’s the weather in Austin in the spring, anyway? Maybe last week of April? Any interest?

2. Magazine article? "The Women of Walnut Grove"? Good Idea?

Miscellaneous

Well, let’s first welcome everyone who signed up for the newsletter at the Walnut Grove TV Cast Reunion. There are a lot of you! It took me several days to enter that whole list! (Carpal Tunnel, anyone?) Anyway, welcome, and enjoy!

For all you new folks, here’s Alison’s new link to this website: http://www.BonnetHeads.com

Prairie Tidbits

Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) – Melissa just landed a role on the ABC drama Secrets & Lies. (Way to go, Melissa!!) Check out this article on the Hollywood Reporter: click here to read more. THAT"s why she couldn’t go to the reunions.

Wendi Turnbaugh ("Baby Grace Ingalls") –Yes, Baby Grace has her own company!! And she is now Wendi Lee. The company is called "Louella Rose" (http://www.louellarose.com), and if you’re getting married you may want to give Baby Grace a call! From the website: "...handmade roses are fashioned from vintage neckties and scarves. Each rose is a one-of-a-kind creation designed to compliment your very special occasion." (You gotta see this to believe it! They’re beautiful.) And I just read that she is giving part of the proceeds to charity. You should check it out!

Radames Pera (John Edwards) - Radames has a fan page on facebook: Click here. And Radames is flying to France with us in a few days. (This is gonna be great!)

Melissa Anderson (Mary Ingalls) – Fresh from her welcome appearance on the Today show, Melissa was at Genesee Country Village in New York for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days (Aug 2 & 3). And she was a smash!! Check it out here: Click here. Way to go, Melissa! (Hmmm . . . Didn’t I just say that?)

Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - At the very same time, August 1 - 3, Charlotte was in North Bend, Washington for the Annual Twin Peaks Festival. Charlotte had a long working relationship with David Lynch, starting way back with Eraserhead. (I just got the box set. So, next time Charlotte is in town, I’ll have to get a sharpie and . . .) And don’t forget those Beadle Bags!! (Click here.)

The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Thirty-One)

“Ah, it’s good to be home!” he thought. Although he loved Paris, Sock Monkey really liked it at Alison’s house in California. And besides, it had been simply forever since anyone had tormented that cat!! (Not like Sock Monkey does, anyway!) So, with the exhausted cat panting under the table (and giving him one of those "if looks could kill" stares!) Sock Monkey sipped his Chardonnay and gazed at the sunset, a monkey at peace! And Alison was finally getting some rest. She had slept for a day and a half when they returned, and was now sitting a few feet away sharing the sunset and a glass of wine with her faithful travelling companion. Sock Monkey was mulling over a secret. He had met some people in Europe and gotten involved with something he would have to explain to Alison when the time was right. "Why not now?" he thought. As he was about to open his mouth, Alison said, "So, are you ready for our next big adventure?" Sock Monkey was taken aback! He had learned that when Alison said adventure, it could mean absolutely anything! "Have you ever heard of Walnut Grove?" she asked.
(To be continued . . .)

Catahoula News

As I walked around in Walnut Grove during the reunion, several people asked about the band that I’m in. Well, the band is called Catahoula. It’s a 7-piece Rock n Roll band, and we have two CD’s out, both of which are available at the Walnut Grove Museum and on CD Baby for purchase or download. (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/catahoula)

Several songs from our most recent CD, Second Sight, have been used in Independent films, most recently in "Highway 15", a short film by Rachael Meyers at RM Productions. Here’s a trailer for the film, but you won’t hear any of our songs in the trailer. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T5du04eKao )
And next month I should be able to reveal our new website. (Currently under construction!)

So, there you have it. In a couple of days we’ll be hooking up with Radames and flying to Paris for my birthday, and then on to Toulon for the next cast reunion. (Whirling maelstrom, like I said!)

And so it continues, 2014, The 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!!

In Vegas and in need of some serious physical training?
Our friend Stan Smith has a serious karate school in Las Vegas - "An old school in a modern time"

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

And there's no fooling around. Sensei Smith don't play. If you are looking for somewhere to train in a serious manner, this is the place for you. Clients include: Las Vegas Metro Police, National Canadian Softball Team, UNLV Rebels Softball Team, Primaris Pilot and Flight Attendant Self Defense Program.

www.karateaikido.com

"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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