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Actress Alison Arngrim was 11 years old when she auditioned for the part of Nellie Oleson, the manipulative brat of Little House on the Prairie
She had already read for the roles of Laura and Mary Ingalls, and
wasn't surprised that she didn't get either part, telling her father
that she "so wasn't the prairie type." What did surprise her was that
she kept getting called back to read.
When she was asked to audition for
Nellie, she immediately realized that the character was a total bitch.
Michael Landon, who played Charles Ingalls, and producer Kent McCray
were in hysterics when Arngrim read for the part, and they hired her on the
spot. Arngrim spent the next seven years perfecting her bitchiness, and
would practice reciting her lines in the meanest way possible.
thought, 'How can I say this so that if someone talked this way to me, I
would want to punch them in the face? What would be the most
annoying, horrible way I could do this?'" Arngrim says. "I would try the
line readings different ways until I got to where I would just want to
hit someone, and that was it. I had found the correct line reading."More »