1. Karen Grassle talks Bright Lights, Prairie Dust, and Little Houses Jeff Dwoskin 52:37

How does following your passion and never relenting lead to legendary status?

Karen Grassle, known around the world for her portrayal of the iconic character of “Ma” on Little House on the Prairie, shares her inspirational journey with me.

My guest, Karen Grassle and I discuss:

  • Karen’s memoir, Bright Lights, Prairie Dust
  • Karen’s hilarious episode of The Love Boat with Fred Willard and Joe Namath
  • Finding her passion in the theater and never giving up on her dream
  • Landing a re-occurring role on The Guiding Light
  • Auditioning for and landing the role of Ma (Caroline Ingalls) on Little House on the Prairie
  • Meeting Michael Landon for the first time
  • Entering the world of the 1800s and meeting her Prairie family
  • Filming the pilot for Little House on the Prairie
  • Practical jokes on the set of Little House on the Prairie
  • Contract negotiations once Little House on the Prairie became a hit and her fight for pay inline to a star of a top 10 show
  • 2 specific episodes: A Matter of Faith and The Reward that both featured Karen prominently
  • Battered – the TV movie of the week Karen co-wrote and starred in that brought domestic abuse awareness to the public for the first time

You’re going to love my conversation with Little House’s Ma, Karen Grassle!  

Our Guest, Karen Grassle

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I'm a tech entrepreneur, podcaster, and professional stand-up comedian. I started my journey in the tech industry back in 1997 when I founded my own website development company, which was one of the pioneering companies in the country at the time. While working in technology, my comedic talents couldn't be contained, and I eventually took to the stage as a stand-up comedian.

My passion for comedy led me to create Hashtag Roundup (@hashtagroundup on Twitter), a platform that has contributed to over 8000 top 10 USA trends on Twitter. With the growth of social media, particularly Instagram, I founded Stampede Social, a company aimed at helping creators drive traffic to their content without relying solely on a link in their bio.