Karen Grassle

Karen Trust Grassle (/ɡræsliː/ GRASS-LEE; born February 25, 1942) is an American actress, known for her role as Caroline Ingalls in the NBC television drama series Little House on the Prairie. After summers at the Stanford Contemporary Workshop playing leads and two summers at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival playing classical roles, her first professional engagement was a season at the Front Street Theatre, Memphis, TN. upon return from London. While living in New York City, she worked at resident and stock theatres throughout the country, also appearing on PBS in original works and on networks in three soap operas. She made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 1968 play The Gingham Dog. Grassle played in Butterflies Are Free on Broadway (as stand-by with Gloria Swanson, Rosemary Murphy, etc.) as well as at the Elitch Theatre in Denver, Colorado, in June 1972, along with Maureen O'Sullivan and Brandon deWilde, who was killed before leaving town after the performances ended. Grassle starred in the Shakespeare in the Park "Cymbeline." with Christopher Walken, Sam Waterston, and Bill Devane. Grassle auditioned for the role of the mother, Caroline Ingalls, in the Little House on the Prairie TV series and won the part. The series ran for nine seasons, from 1974 to 1983. After making the pilot for Little House on the Prairie, Grassle appeared in one episode of Gunsmoke titled "The Wiving" as Fran, one of several saloon girls kidnapped. Subsequently, she acted in the ...

Wyatt Earp (1994)

Covering the life and times of one of the West's most iconic heroes Wyatt Earp weaves an intricate tale of Earp and his friends and family. With a star studded cast, sweeping cinematography and authentic costumes Wyatt Earp led the way during the Western revival in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Gene Hackman  •  David Andrews

Covering the life and times of one of the West's most iconic heroes Wyatt Earp weaves an intricate tale of Earp and his friends and family. With a star studded cast, sweeping cinematography and authentic costumes Wyatt Earp led the way during the Western revival in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Gene Hackman  •  David Andrews

Cocaine: One Man's Seduction (1983)

A 47 year old real estate salesman gets trapped in the insidious web of cocaine addiction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Wendkos
CAST:  Dennis Weaver  •  Karen Grassle  •  Pamela Bellwood  •  James Spader

A 47 year old real estate salesman gets trapped in the insidious web of cocaine addiction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Wendkos
CAST:  Dennis Weaver  •  Karen Grassle  •  Pamela Bellwood  •  James Spader

Harry's War (1981)

After his aunt dies of a heart attack while fighting the IRS, Harry Johnson decides to take up the cause.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kieth Merrill
CAST:  Edward Herrmann  •  Geraldine Page  •  Karen Grassle  •  David Ogden Stiers

After his aunt dies of a heart attack while fighting the IRS, Harry Johnson decides to take up the cause.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kieth Merrill
CAST:  Edward Herrmann  •  Geraldine Page  •  Karen Grassle  •  David Ogden Stiers

The President's Mistress (1978)

When Ben investigates the mysterious death of his sister, he is unaware that he is opening up a web of political intrigue. Ed Murphy, the White House Chief of Staff, becomes embroiled in a struggle to save the President from a humiliating scandal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Llewellyn Moxey
CAST:  Beau Bridges  •  Susan Blanchard  •  Joel Fabiani  •  Larry Hagman

When Ben investigates the mysterious death of his sister, he is unaware that he is opening up a web of political intrigue. Ed Murphy, the White House Chief of Staff, becomes embroiled in a struggle to save the President from a humiliating scandal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Llewellyn Moxey
CAST:  Beau Bridges  •  Susan Blanchard  •  Joel Fabiani  •  Larry Hagman

Lasso (2017)

The story of Simon and Kit, two young leaders of an Active Senior adventure tour group that take a day trip out to a small-town Rodeo located deep in the woods. Their lives are turned upside down when they find themselves fighting to stay alive against a group of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Evan Cecil
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Lindsey Morgan  •  Andrew Jacobs  •  Karen Grassle

The story of Simon and Kit, two young leaders of an Active Senior adventure tour group that take a day trip out to a small-town Rodeo located deep in the woods. Their lives are turned upside down when they find themselves fighting to stay alive against a group of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Evan Cecil
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Lindsey Morgan  •  Andrew Jacobs  •  Karen Grassle

Little House: The Last Farewell (1984)

While Charles and Caroline are visiting Walnut Grove, the townspeople learn that a land development tycoon has acquired title to all the land in Hero Township. They are inspired by Laura to vent their anger at this injustice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Landon
CAST:  Michael Landon  •  Karen Grassle  •  Melissa Gilbert  •  Dean Butler

While Charles and Caroline are visiting Walnut Grove, the townspeople learn that a land development tycoon has acquired title to all the land in Hero Township. They are inspired by Laura to vent their anger at this injustice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Landon
CAST:  Michael Landon  •  Karen Grassle  •  Melissa Gilbert  •  Dean Butler

Between the Darkness and the Dawn (1985)

A 17-year-old girl lapses into a coma and wakes up 20 years later.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Levin
CAST:  Elizabeth Montgomery  •  James Naughton  •  Karen Grassle  •  Michael Goodwin

A 17-year-old girl lapses into a coma and wakes up 20 years later.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Levin
CAST:  Elizabeth Montgomery  •  James Naughton  •  Karen Grassle  •  Michael Goodwin

Battered (1978)

Gritty drama of three interweaving stories of three women of various backgrounds and ages whose marriages are complicated by spouse-abuse by their husbands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Werner
CAST:  Karen Grassle  •  LeVar Burton  •  Mike Farrell  •  Chip Fields

Gritty drama of three interweaving stories of three women of various backgrounds and ages whose marriages are complicated by spouse-abuse by their husbands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Werner
CAST:  Karen Grassle  •  LeVar Burton  •  Mike Farrell  •  Chip Fields

Crisis in Mid-Air (1979)

The life of a stressed out air controller falls apart as he battles a court case involving a mid-air collision which is causing the unhappiness of his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Grauman
CAST:  George Peppard  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Michael Constantine  •  Greg Morris

The life of a stressed out air controller falls apart as he battles a court case involving a mid-air collision which is causing the unhappiness of his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Grauman
CAST:  George Peppard  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Michael Constantine  •  Greg Morris

The Little House Years (1979)

Laura Ingalls reminisces about the Ingalls' journeys and struggles during a family Thanksgiving gathering.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Landon
CAST:  Michael Landon  •  Karen Grassle  •  Melissa Gilbert  •  Melissa Sue Anderson

Laura Ingalls reminisces about the Ingalls' journeys and struggles during a family Thanksgiving gathering.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Landon
CAST:  Michael Landon  •  Karen Grassle  •  Melissa Gilbert  •  Melissa Sue Anderson

Where's Roman? (2017)

A haunted war vet accepts an unlikely offer to watch a cat, and is plunged into a fever dream of twisted characters, sexual intrigue and catastrophic violence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Perez
CAST:  Justin Villa  •  Jeff Thomas Graham  •  Camille Grenier  •  Karen Grassle

A haunted war vet accepts an unlikely offer to watch a cat, and is plunged into a fever dream of twisted characters, sexual intrigue and catastrophic violence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Perez
CAST:  Justin Villa  •  Jeff Thomas Graham  •  Camille Grenier  •  Karen Grassle

Little House on the Prairie: A Merry Ingalls Christmas (2014)

Celebrate the holidays with two classic "Llittle House" specials, restored and remastered for superior picture and sound. In "Christmas at Plum Creek," the members of the Ingalls family share a heartwarming first Christmas in their new home, and Laura makes a ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Melissa Gilbert  •  Michael Landon  •  Karen Grassle  •  Melissa Sue Anderson

Celebrate the holidays with two classic "Llittle House" specials, restored and remastered for superior picture and sound. In "Christmas at Plum Creek," the members of the Ingalls family share a heartwarming first Christmas in their new home, and Laura makes a ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Melissa Gilbert  •  Michael Landon  •  Karen Grassle  •  Melissa Sue Anderson