Hersha Parady (born May 25, 1945 in Ohio) 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 (ageĀ 74)
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. In 1977 she got 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. Earlier in the series, in the 1976 episode Journey in the Spring, Paraday had played Eliza Anne Ingalls, Charles' sister-in-law. 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 is friends with Katherine MacGregor and Richard Bull. She was also close to Patrick Laborteaux who played her on-screen 'son'; Matthew Laborteaux; Dabbs Greer; Little House make-up artist Whitey; and hair master Larry Germain[citation needed].


Year Title Role Notes
1997-1998 Kenan & Kel Principal Dimly
1986 Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star Mrs. McAlpin
1984 Raw Courage Fay Canfield
1981 The Phoenix Lynn
1981 ABC Weekend Specials Janice Parker
1980 The $5.20 an Hour Dream
1979 CBS Afternoon Playhouse
1977-1980 Little House on the Prairie Alice Garvey
1975 The Waltons Victoria Madden
1974 Little House on the Prairie Eliza Ingalls
1972 Mannix Receptionist
1971 Bearcats! Carrie


  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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