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63rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Iconic Series Little House on the Prairie

The 63rd edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival has been chosen as the location for the largest reunion of leading cast members of the multiple award-winning 70’ and 80’s family entertainment series Little House on the Prairie in which to celebrate the much-loved drama’s 50th Anniversary.

Broadcast in 140 territories, Little House on the Prairie is one of the most watched series in the history of television. The first season, starring Michael Landon and Karen Grassle as Charles and Caroline Ingalls, launched in 1974 and a further eight seasons and three TV movies later the legendary series of more than 200 episodes concluded in 1984.  Produced by NBC in association with Ed Friendly and Michael Landon, Little House on the Prairie continues to entertain and inspire further generations on screens throughout the world.

A glittering public event, entitled Little House on the Prairie Together Again at 50, will take place during the Festival.  Festival Executive Director, Cécile Menoni will welcome Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls), Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Matthew Labyorteaux (Albert Ingalls), Wendi Lou Lee (Grace Ingalls) and Leslie Landon, the real-life daughter of Michael Landon, who took the role of schoolteacher Etta Plum  in the final season.

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Cécile Menoni comments, «We are so thrilled to have the cast of this iconic series join us at our Festival to celebrate such a landmark event as the 50th Anniversary. The three main heroines – Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson – will be reunited at a public event for the very first time since the end of the series. The draw of Monte-Carlo and the calls from fans from all over the world to see them together again has made this possible.»

Winner of multiple Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and many other international awards, Little House on the Prairie was based on the best-selling books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This dramatic and gripping story of a young pioneer family’s struggle to build a new life for themselves on the American frontier in the 1870s captures the hearts of viewers around the world.

About Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Originally created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and now under the Honorary Presidency of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival has, for more than sixty years, presented the very best of television from around the world. The Festival has also been at the forefront in showcasing the highly talented professionals associated with many of the most successful programs in the history of the medium.

Celebrities, producers, directors, writers and heads of studios, networks and digital platforms gather in June every year to attend series launches, premiere screenings, conferences, press activities, public events, VIP meetings and signing sessions.

Culminating with a unique competition, which celebrates and honours fiction, news and current affairs programming with the prestigious Golden Nymph Awards, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival is recognized as one of the finest Festivals in the world, enhanced even further by its location in the magical Principality of Monaco.

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