From Ventura High School to Little House on the Prairie

Karen Grassle, the actress best-known for playing Ma on Little House on the Prairie, has published her memoir Bright Lights, Prairie Dust: Reflections on Life, Loss and Love from Little House’s Ma.

Karen grew up in Ventura from the first grade on, graduating from Ventura High School in the Class of 1959 before heading north to college at UC Berkeley. She got her start in acting in Ventura, starring in the senior play and studying with Barbara Brent and performing all over the county with the Barbara Brent Dancers. Her father Gene F. Grassle was the first president of the Ventura Realty Board and had an office on Main Street. He was the first person many people who moved there met!

On Saturday, November 20th at 4pm, she’ll be back on Main St., appearing at Timbre Books to talk about her new book and all things Little House on the Prairie. Fans can come to meet Karen, hear her talk about her life, and get her autograph in their own copy of her book. The store asks that attendees RSVP via email to [email protected].

In the memoir, there are surprising and never-before-told details of what really happened on the Little House on the Prairie set, but there’s so much more for anyone looking for an inspirational, true story of a woman determined to find meaning for her life. Bright Lights, Prairie Dust is a raw and authentic account of Grassle’s struggles with alcoholism, depression, and lack of self-worth as she journeyed from struggling theatre actress in London and New York to a world-recognized and adored television star.

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