Marin and Debbie.
A really really cool thing happened recently.
See my great-niece, Marin, up there? She just turned six and received this lovable doll, "Debbie," for her birthday. But Debbie isn’t just any doll. Debbie has a very interesting history. Here’s the scoop:
A couple of years ago, Marin’s mom started reading the Little House books to her. She loved the stories and was hooked instantly, listening intently every night along with her older brothers, Harrison and Logan. She was thrilled to receive her very own set of Little House books for Christmas, and has basically been wild about all things Laura Ingalls Wilder ever since, even dressing up like Laura with little black boots and wearing her hair in pigtails.
Marin also loves the TV series on DVD — she, Harrison and Logan like to gather in the family room and cuddle under warm blankets while watching the show. Well, it just so happens that Marin’s dad, Ian, knows Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush, the identical twins who played the part of Carrie.
My guess: Sidney on the left, Lindsay on the right?
This is what Ian said about what happened next:
Marin was very impressed to know that I went to school with Carrie. Since watching the show, she’d really started to identify with the characters. In one episode, Marin saw a doll that Carrie was clinging to. She thought it was cute that Carrie was holding her dolly — and playing with the doll in another episode. When I told her Sidney was sending a special surprise in the mail for her birthday, she couldn’t wait. She asked daily when it would arrive.
When it did, she tore into it and was shocked to see two dolls. Sidney’s doll, "Debbie," from the show, and a little "Carrie" doll that was brand new. She squealed with delight, and slept with the dolls near her.
Debbie now sits on the mantlepiece in the living room for now, until a more suitable home can be found to "preserve" her in, but Sidney placed an incredibly sweet inscription on the doll for Marin. It reads:
"To Marin, the best friend that Carrie ever had. Happy Birthday! – Sidney Robyn Greenbush."
If you look closely, you can see Sidney’s inscription on Debbie’s back.
Talk about a little girl’s dream coming true!
But there’s more!!
Of course, I’m also a big Little House fan, as are most of you. In fact, I own the complete DVD set of all 9 seasons, and never get tired of watching my favorite episodes. It’s just one of the most beloved, timeless family television shows ever — I feel like I know all the characters so well, and would love to be in Miss Beadle’s class and sit at the Ingalls’ family table.
So I got to thinking — would it be possible to get to know one of the twins who played "Carrie" a little better? Thanks to Ian (who, BTW, is also a twin), I emailed Sidney Greenbush, and she has graciously agreed to stop by for an interview!! *flips out with excitement*
Debbie actually replaced this doll, which got worn from use. Apparently, Debbie is quite camera shy, as we couldn’t find a photo of her with Carrie.
And, I want you, my blog readers, to share this rare opportunity with me. Rather than thinking up a bunch of questions on my own, I want to give you the chance to ask Sidney whatever you’d like about the show. Keep in mind, she and Lindsay were three when they were first cast for the pilot in the summer of 1973, and went on to appear in 8 seasons.
So, if you’re a fan of the show, here’s your big chance! Just leave your question in the comments, or email me: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot com). (Please put "Sidney Greenbush" in the subject line.) I’ll round these up and forward them to Sidney, and post the interview later in the month.
In case you were wondering, Sidney is the twin who falls in the opening sequence of the show! ☺
♥ Yet another extremely cool and awesome thing: Ian, who produces "Good Day Oregon" on KPTV, Fox 12, just won a 2008 Emmy for the highly popular morning news show! WOOHOO!! Congratulations, Ian!! *beams with industrial strength pride*
*Special thanks to Ian for his remarks and photos of Marin, and thanks to Sidney for the adorable photo of her and Michael Landon.
**Other cast photos posted by permission of prairiefans.com, copyright © 2009. All rights reserved.