|Nellie Oleson Dalton|
Harriet Oleson and Nels Oleson (Parents) Willie Oleson (Brother) Nancy Oleson (Adoptive Sister) Percival Dalton (Husband) Jennifer Dalton (Daughter) Benjamin Dalton (Son) Benjamin Cohen (Father-in-law) Edna Cohen (Mother-in-law)
Married to Percival Dalton
|Behind the scenes|
BiographyNellie was a spoiled girl, the daughter of a wealthy general store owner and his wife who got everything she wanted from her mother when she was little. As a result, she became rather bratty, and all the other kids hated her for it. school, Harriet and Nels gave Nellie a restaurant. Caroline Ingalls was soon hired as a cook and waitress; Percival Dalton was hired to teach Nellie how to cook and manage a successful restaurant. Initially, Nellie was her typical mean-spirited, snarky self, but Percival eventually got her to change her ways and she matured into a kinder, warmer and more pleasant person.
Eventually, Percival fell in love with Nellie. After declaring their love for each other, they decided to be married outside due to Percival being Jewish — and much to Harriet’s dismay. Percival and Nellie later married and had two children, Jennifer and Benjamin Dalton. Percival’s father passed away soon after, and the family then moved to New York so Percival could take over his father’s store. Eventually, Nellie returned to Walnut Grove to visit her family. However, her adopted sister Nancy became jealous of the attention Nellie was getting and ran away from home.
Behind the Scenes
Nellie was portrayed by Alison Arngrim throughout the series.
In an interview, Melissa Sue Anderson was asked about Arngrim: “It was interesting working with Alison because she was so shy... she couldn’t look at you and deliver her lines. The director, Bill Claxton [ Episode 103: Country Girls ], had a terrible time getting her to actually look at you and say her lines. And she grew... she got it eventually but she was just so shy and so scared... maybe it wasn’t because so was so shy, but she was so scared. She was petrified I think, and you know, she became the little kid you loved to hate and she did a great job with it.”
- Thoughout the series, Nellie and Laura famously never got along, even though Melissa Gilbert and Alison Arngrim were good friends. In fact, on Melissa Gilbert’s official site, she confirmed that the only Little House member she has kept in contact with over the years is Alison Arngrim.