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Hersha Parady Dead at 78, Cause of Death

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 25, 2023. 07:37 pm

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Hersha Parady, the star of Little  House on the Prairie, passed away at age 78 following a protracted battle with a brain tumor.

For three seasons, the actress played Walnut Grove schoolteacher Alice Garvey on the popular program.

Hersha Parady

Hersha passed away on Wednesday in Norfolk, Virginia, after battling a brain tumor, according to her son Jonathan Peverall.

Jonathan had established a GoFundMe page to assist with the expenses associated with his mother’s condition, which he claimed had “robbed her of her strength, her memory, and sadly, her vibrant personality.”

Hersha, who has always been an active and outgoing woman, is coping with a challenging medical condition known as meningioma, a brain tumor.

“It is very difficult to see my Mom, who was once full of life and energy, now struggling with basic daily activities because she has become largely bedridden.”

Jonathan also expressed his gratitude to the talented star’s friends and supporters.

Born a Star

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Betty Sandhoff gave birth to Hersha on May 25, 1945 in Berea, Ohio.

According to the TV star, who admitted to the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1975 that she was “always a child living in the world of pretend,” she always knew she would become an actress.

Even as a young child, I much preferred playing make-believe to playing with dolls.

Bright Career:

Hersha made her television debut in Bearcats! episode following her high school graduation. She then made appearances on Mannix, The Waltons, and a pilot for a Gunsmoke spinoff.

Before Karen Grassle was hired, the actress was in line to play Carolie Ingalls on Little House of the Prairie. However, she later made her television debut as Eliza, Charles Ingall’s sister-in-law, in season 3.

In the first episode of season 4 back in September 1977, Hersha and her on-screen husband Jonathan Garvey made their debut as Alice.

During her tenure on the show, she ended up making an appearance in 35 episodes.

After making her television debut on Little House, the beloved star’s film career took off, and she appeared in a number of movies, including Raw Courage and The Break.

Hersha played Principal Dimly in several other television series, including Unsolved Mysteries and Kenan & Kel.

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Little Houe Hero:

Her character Alice was seen rushing into a burning school for the blind in a 1980 two-hour episode of Little House on the Prairie.

Mary and Adam’s baby were among the kids she tried to save, but both perished in the flames, bringing an end to her appearances on the show.

Hersha once talked about the distressing scene in which a lot of her followers claimed she used the baby doll as a “battering ram” to break the windows.

“They did not rig the windows to break easily, and I’m not, as Michael Landon pointed out a lot, a meek, delicate woman, so when I try to bust something, I usually succeed,” Parady said in an interview for the Little House on the Prairie Memories tribute website.”

“Michael was the one who first remarked that it appeared as though I was attempting to smash the window with Mary’s infant as a battering ram. They hadn’t ‘broken away’ the windows, so I was determined to leave at all costs because of this. Even though it would bring impending doom, at least I left on a roar and not a whimper!”

“It was my first time working with the special effects crew and the Los Angeles fire department, and being surrounded by ‘controlled’ fire and ready fire extinguishers made me feel like I could act my way through anything. I enjoyed every second of it.”

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