Hersha Parady

Hersha Parady (born May 25, 1945) is an American actress best known for her role of Alice Garvey in Little House on the Prairie.

Hersha Parady
Born (1945-05-25) May 25, 1945 (age 75)
Spouse(s)John Peverall

Life and careerEdit

Parady was born as Betty Sandhoff in Berea, Ohio and attended Berea High School.[1] She began acting locally at age 14 in Cleveland area theatrical productions.[1] She moved west in the early 1970s to further her acting career and landed a role opposite Jon Voight in a touring production of A Streetcar Named Desire.[1]

Parady began her career in television with guest-appearances in Mannix, Bearcats![1] and The Waltons. Hersha was considered to play Caroline Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, but lost out to Karen Grassle. Later, in 1976 episode Journey in the Spring, Paraday played Eliza Anne Ingalls, Charles' sister-in-law. Then in 1977 she was given the role of Alice Garvey in Little House on the Prairie,[2] which she played until 1980 when her character was killed in a fire accidentally set by Albert Ingalls. After Little House on the Prairie, she made only rare appearances in television, including Kenan & Kel.

She was once married to Oscar-winning producer John Peverall and had one child with him. She was friends with fellow Little House actors Katherine MacGregor, Richard Bull, and Dabbs Greer until their deaths. She was also once close to Patrick Laborteaux who played her son Andrew Garvey and his brother Matthew Laborteaux, who played Albert Ingalls, and Little House make-up artist Whitey, and hair master Larry Germain[citation needed].


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Bearcats! Carrie Episode: "Conqueror's Gold"
1972 Mannix Receptionist Episode: "Cry Silence"
1975 The Waltons Victoria Madden Episode: "The Lie"
1976-1980 Little House on the Prairie Alice Garvey / Eliza Ingalls 34 episodes
1979 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Laura Harker 5 episodes
1980 NBC Special Treat Episode: "The House at 12 Rose Street"
1981 ABC Weekend Specials Janice Parker Episode: "Mayday! Mayday!"
1981 The Phoenix Lynn Episode: "Pilot"
1984 Raw Courage Fay Canfield
1986 Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star Mrs. McAlpin
1995 The Break Mrs. Lufkowitz
1997-1998 Kenan & Kel Principal Dimly 3 episodes


  1. ^ a b c d Hickey, William (2 January 1975). "Cleveland actress has key role in TV play tonight". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ Koskan, Danie (September 29, 2009). "Actors fondly remember 'Little House on the Prairie'". Rapid City Journal. Archived from the original on 19 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

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