Once again, an actor from the iconic “Little House on the Prairie” has passed away.
The woman who played schoolteacher Alice Garvey, Hersha Parady, died on Wednesday, reported the Hollywood Reporter.
She was 78 years old.
Parady had been living with her son in Norfolk, VA, at the time of her death, having lost her battle with a brain tumor that was found just last month.
Her son, Jonathan Peverall, has started up a GoFundMe page to help cover the medical costs of his mother. At the time of this report, he had exceeded his $20,000 goal, raising $21,115,” reported the New York Post.
He wrote, “Hersha, who has always been an active and outgoing woman, is battling a tough medical condition – a brain tumor known as meningioma.
“This illness has robbed her of her strength, her memory, and sadly, her vibrant personality. She has become largely bedridden, and it is very difficult to see my Mom, who was once full of life and energy, now struggling with basic daily activities.
“From moving expenses to in-home nursing care, to medical equipment and more, the financial burden is significant. And with a full-time job and three kids, providing her with the level of care she needs is difficult.”
Parady hit gold right out of the gate, landing “Little House," immediately upon entering the business.
In all, she appeared in 35 episodes of the show.
After “Little House” ended, she landed a handful of jobs, but from 1986 to 1995, she had no credits on her IMDb profile.
She caught fire again for a couple of years, landing six different roles over the next three years, but she again went cold after 1998, with only one other credit, playing a small part in a short called “Product” in 2015 as the “Dumpy Woman,” not exactly a flattering last credit.