"They've known each other for quite some time, as their paths have crossed off-and-on over the past 20 years," a pal told Us at the time.
PHOTOS: Odd couples in Hollywood Back in her teens and early twenties, former child star Gilbert dated Rob Lowe.
Melissa Gilbert has filed for divorce from Bruce Boxleitner, making the move to end their 16-year marriage a little more than five months after they announced their separation. The very common "irreconcilable differences" was cited, with Gilbert seeking spousal support and joint custody of their 15-year-old son, Michael Boxleitner.
and gave the date of the actors' separation as January, the month of their 16th anniversary.
But behind the bonnet and braids she wore on the small screen, Gilbert was living the Hollywood fast life.
In her tell-all memoir, “Prairie Tale,” Gilbert recounts her real-life drama.
I was the girl in the one-piece bathing suit with cotton pajamas over it and a hat, eating a baloney sandwich with mayonnaise dripping down my hand, and I was like 15 years old at that point.” And still, it all descended into a whirl of drugs, alcohol and sex.
Nearly three months after Us Weekly broke news of their surprise engagement, Melissa Gilbert married Timothy Busfield "in a private ceremony at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara" on Wednesday, April 24, a rep for the actress, 48, tells Us.
Bruce was born on the May the 12, 1950 in Elgin, Illinois, Unites States of America.
He was born as the only child in a middle-class family to accountant parents although there is not much information on his parents or heritage.
As a young boy, Bruce studied at the Prospect High School, located in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
Apart from his studies, he was also very active in acting roles and during his school, he appeared in many plays.
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