A (half) pint-sized National Adoption Month Spotlight …

I wonder if she hates still being called Half-Pint?

November is National Adoption Month! Throughout the month I’ll feature famous folk who have been adopted!  

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Culled mostly from Wikipedia: Melissa Gilbert was born in Los Angeles on May 4, 1964 (like the author she also turned 50 this year…) to David Darlington and Kathy Wood, and was put up for adoption immediately after her birth. She was adopted one day later by actor and comedian Paul Gilbert, whose real name was Ed MacMahon (can you imagine…) and Barbara Crane, whose father creates The Honeymooners.  The couple later adopted a son, Jonathan, who co-starred on Little House on the Prairie.  They had a biological daughter Sara Rebecca Abeles (the actress known professionally as Sara Gilbert of “Rosanne” fame)  in 1975.

Melissa is known for her turbulent run for president of the Screen Actors Guild against Valerie Harper in 2001 and mostly known for her childhood role as Laura Ingells Wilder in the “Little House on the Prairie” series from 1973 – 1984, a wholesome family series where each week, to paraphrase “WKRP”, someone either died in a fire or of a horrible disease…


Be sure to Like “Abby’s Road page on Facebook for more adoption bios – including Steve Jobs and Kristin Chenoworth!


“Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped” leads a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption. It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.

Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUIs and IFVs, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mother, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.


Winner, Honorable Mention, 2014, Great Midwest Book Festival

Abby’s Road is available at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Abbys-Road-Long-Winding-Adoption/product-reviews/0692221530/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

at Barnes and Noble here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-road-the-long-and-winding-road-to-adoption-and-how-facebook-aquaman-and-theodore-roosevelt-helped-michael-curry/1119971924?ean=9780692221532

and at Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457270


Copyright 2014 Michael Curry






One thought on “A (half) pint-sized National Adoption Month Spotlight …

  1. Melissa Ellen Gilbert was born may eighth 1964 brother Jonathan was born in July of sixty seven adopted at one year of age in sixty eight Sarah was born in seventy five to Barbara Ables and her second husband Melissa also had a step brother named Joey and a step sister named Patricia Ables two kids from a previous marriage Melissa’s​ adoptive father committed suicide around 1976 or seven time frame she is to be commended for how she has conducted her life considering the time she grew up in!

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