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‘Prairie’s’ Nasty Nellie welcome in ‘Green Town’

June 22, 2011

On the projection screen of the Ray Bradbury Room Tuesday evening, a very young Laura Ingalls punctuated an argument by open-hand smacking the face of her nemesis, Nellie Oleson.

From the back of the room, a voice called out “hit her again!” A crowd of more than 50 people burst into laughter not just at the timing of the remark, but who uttered it: Nellie Oleson herself, actress Alison Arngrim.

Extra chairs had to be hauled in to accommodate fans who appeared to range in age from the Baby Boom to college age — a span that Arngrim acknowledged just prior to her appearance.

“We’re on the fifth generation of viewers,” said Arngrim, sporting a short, stylish haircut that was a far cry from Nellie’s trademark curls. “We have a lot of women my age — I’m 49 — who grew up watching the show, and that’s the big group, (but) now you have younger women raising their kids on ‘Little House’ DVDs.” Read More