'Little House on the Prairie' actress Melissa Gilbert is engaged

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert has announced her engagement to Thirtysomething star Timothy Busfield.

A rep for Gilbert confirmed the news to Access Hollywood with Gilbert taking to Twitter to thank her fans for their congratulatory and well wishes.

The two reportedly became engaged over the holidays. “They are engaged and both are incredibly happy," their rep told People.

A source reveals to Us Weekly, "They've known each other for quite some time, as their paths have crossed off-and-on over the past 20 years."

This will mark the third marriage for both Gilbert and Busfield. Gilbert was previously married to Bo Brinkman and Bruce Boxleitner while Busfield was previously linked to Jenny Merwin and actress Radha Delamarter.

Gilbert has two children from her previous marriages, Busfield has three.

The 48-year-old actress starred as Laura Ingalls from 1974-1983, and followed with a variety of roles in Ice House, Stand By Your Man, Family Struggles and Batman the television series, among many others.

Gilbert also appeared in the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars.



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