Hersha Parady, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Actress, Dies at 78


Hersha Paradis, whose three-season stint as Walnut Grove School teacher Alice Garvey on Little House on the Prairie resulted in an unforgettable, 

dark ending for fans of the beloved NBC drama, has died. She was 78 years old.

She told The Hollywood Reporter that Paradis died Wednesday at the home of her son, Jonathan Peverell, in Norfolk, Virginia.

She was battling a brain tumor and had set up a GoFundMe page to help with the expenses.

Paradis and former NFL star Marilyn Olsen were introduced in September 1977 during the season-four opening episode, 

"Castoffs", as wife and husband Alice and Jonathan Garvey in the Michael Landon-produced Little House on the Prairie.

In the sixth season installment "May We Make Them Proud", which aired as a two-hour episode during the sweep ratings period in February 1980,

Alice runs into the School for the Blind, which is on fire, to save some of the children inside.

Including the newborn son of Mary and Adam (Melissa Sue Anderson, Lynwood Boomer).

Alice finds the baby and tries to break the upstairs bedroom window to escape, but both die in the fire.

Some viewers thought that Paradi had used the doll that stood in for the infant as a "suffering ram".