Who is Leslie Landon?
Leslie Landon Matthews was born in Los Angeles, California, United States, on October 11, 1962 – her zodiac sign is Libra and she holds American citizenship. She’s a former actress, who is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Etta Plum on the romantic family series ‘Little House on the Prairie’ starring Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon and Karen Grassle, and who talks about the Ingalls family living in the American Midwest in the 19th century – the series aired from 1974 to 1983 and won 17 awards while being nominated for 42 more, including three Golden Globes.
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Early life, siblings and education
Leslie was raised in Los Angeles alongside her siblings Christopher, Michael Jr. and Shawna Leigh Landon, by their father Michael who was an actor, screenwriter and director, and their mother Marjorie Lynn Noe who was an actress. Leslie also has half-brother Sean Matthew Landon and half-sister Jennifer Landon from her father’s marriage to Cindy Clerico as well as half-brother Josh Landon from Michael’s other marriage. She has a half-sister Cheryl Lynn Landon from her mother’s first marriage and also has an adopted brother Mark Landon.
Leslie became interested in acting while in high school, as she was a member of the school drama club and appeared in plays and school. After matriculation in 1980, she enrolled at Pepperdine University from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1984, then earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 1986. Leslie also attended the California Graduate Institute , from which she was earned her doctorate. in marriage and family therapy.
Leslie made her first television series appearance in 1982, when she was cast as Kate Jones in the episode “The Dream Day” of the Western family drama “Father Murphy,” which was created by her son. father and starred Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon and Timothy Gibbs – the story follows a man who, with the help of a schoolteacher, cares for more than 20 orphaned children. The series won five awards and was nominated for seven more, including a Primetime Emmy.
In 1983, she reprized her role as Etta Plum in the romantic family film “Little House: Look Back to Yesterday”, which starred Melissa Gilbert, Dean Butler and Richard Bull, and was about a man who wants to be a doctor, and who then discovers that he is terminally ill.
In 1984, Leslie again portrayed Etta Plum in the drama western “Little House: The Last Farewell”, while she also appeared in “Little House: Bless All the Dear Children” the same year.
Her last role before retiring was in the 1984 mystery film “Hollywood’s Most Sensational Mysteries”, in which she played Cheryl Crane.
Leslie is also a writer, as she and her co-authors John W. James, Russell Friedman and Harper Collins published the book “When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Loses”. ” in 2001.
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– Little House Prairie (@LHPrairie) October 12, 2020
Roles in talk shows, documentaries and television specials
In 1991, Leslie appeared in the documentary film about her father, ‘Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love’, and seven years later starred in the ‘Melissa Gilbert’ episode of the biographical documentary series ‘Intimate Portrait’. “.
In 2001, she was in a single episode of the documentary series “Biography”, while two of her last roles were in an episode of the talk show “Weekend Today” on May 20, 2007, and the episode “Little House on the Meadow”. Reunion” of the talk show “Maison & Famille” in 2015.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Leslie was diagnosed with bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder that causes the person to eat food until they vomit, when they feel the need to start eating again. Leslie battled the disease for several years before recovering.
Husband Brian Matthews and children
Leslie met her future husband Brian Matthews in the 1980s, when they were introduced by a mutual friend at a party for actors and actresses, and after several years of dating, they married in 1990 at a a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family.
Brian made his film debut in 1981, when he appeared in the slasher ‘The Burning’, while he is also known for his portrayal of Eric Garrison on the soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’.
Leslie and Brian have four children and have kept them out of the media since birth.
Leslie has not spoken of any other men she might have been with before meeting Brian, and as of October 2020 she is married to Brian and they have four children together.
Hobbies and other interests
Leslie enjoys helping people, which is why she decided to become a family therapist – she is also a philanthropist who has both donated money and volunteered for various charities, mainly those working with underprivileged children .
She is also an animal lover and has had several pet dogs and cats, while her favorite “animals” are turtles.
Leslie loves to travel and some of her favorite cities she has visited are Miami in Florida, Rome in Italy (Europe) and Paris in France (Europe).
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, including Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, and a few of her favorite movies are ‘Bruce Almighty’, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.
Age and net worth
Leslie’s age is 57. She has long blonde hair and brown eyes, her height is 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) and she weighs around 130 pounds (59 kg).
As of October 2020, his net worth is estimated to be over $500,000.