For eight seasons, when they were 3 to 11 years of age, Sidney Greenbush and her identical twin sister, Lindsay, played the part of Carrie Ingalls on the beloved TV series, “Little House on the Prairie.” I’ve been a big fan of the show ever since the two-hour pilot first aired in March 1974.
Never in a million years, not for a single second, could I ever have imagined that one day I would have the opportunity to interview one of the show’s stars on my children’s book blog. I had guessed before that Carrie was played by twins, even though the role was credited to “Lindsay Sidney Greenbush.” What I didn’t know was that my nephews, Ian and Greg (also twins), had attended the same high school as the Greenbush twins.
Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of Little House episodes in preparation for my interview with Sidney Greenbush. Though I’ve seen most of them before, this time around I’ve been keeping a careful eye on Carrie. There are a lot of charming scenes of her at the table, or mimicking grown-ups. And have you ever noticed the twins’ big, beautiful blue eyes?
I’m having fun trying to see if I can tell the twins apart. As they got a little older, Sidney is recognizable by a space between her front teeth. Their facial expressions are a little different, too. Lindsay’s face is longer, more angular, Sidney’s rounder and fuller.
I watched an interview with Alison Arngrim (who played Nellie Oleson) last night. Like me, she always wondered why Carrie was treated as "Baby Carrie," even when she was 10 or 11. She definitely should have gotten more speaking parts as one of Laura’s siblings, and more storylines written for her.
Thought you might like to watch the beginning of the only episode that features both twins, "The Godsister." Apparently, this is the only time they argued over who would play which scenes. Both wanted to be Elissa, Carrie’s imaginary friend, so in the end, they shared both roles. "The Godsister" is Sidney’s favorite episode. I’m embedding Part One, so you can see her famous opening sequence, and Part Two, which shows Carrie meeting Elissa for the first time. The rest of the episode is on YouTube (7 parts total).
I’m just about ready to send off some questions to Sidney Greenbush, one of the identical twins who played Carrie Ingalls on the popular TV series, "Little House on the Prairie."
When I told Sidney that lots of children’s book writers are also big Little House fans, she agreed to drop by for an interview. We’ve already gotten some great questions as a result of my post last week, but in case you missed it, and have something you want to ask Sidney, leave a comment here by the end of the week, or email me: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot com).