Karen Grassle – Bio, Married, Daughter, Husband, Age, Net Worth

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Karen Grassle is a veteran actress in the American film industry who recorded her screen debut many years ago before the oldest millennial celebrity of our time was born. She played the role of Caroline Ingalls in the 182 episodes of Little House on the Prairie (1974–82) which made her famous at the time and has remained one of her most mentioned works till today.

But beyond the character Caroline Ingalls, Grassle has a background which many people don’t know of. Her career might be going on smoothly but things haven’t been all rosy in her marital life. Find out all about it here.

Karen Grassle – Bio, Age

The actress was born on February 25, 1942, in Berkeley, California, U.S and named Karen Trust Grassle. Her parents; Gene Grassle (dad) who ran a gas station and Charlotte Quiner (mom) who operated a restaurant termed her a miracle child being that her mother had suffered 4 miscarriages before she was born.

The miracle child true to what her parents felt about her was indeed special, she was enrolled at Ventura High School located in California from where she graduated in the year 1959 after serving as the vice-president of her school’s student body in her senior year. While in high school, Karen developed a passion for arts and she showcased it by acting in school plays and singing in the Baptist Choir.

Having decided that arts will be an integral part of what she wanted to do with the rest of her life, she headed straight to college to train for the life ahead first at Sophie Newcomb College before finishing off at the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art.

Karen Grassle began her career with stage performances at the Stanford Contemporary Workshop, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Front Street Theatre, Memphis, TN, and the Elitch Theatre in Denver, Colorado. Her screen debut came in the television series Little House on the Prairie in 1972 where she played the character – Caroline Ingalls.

Since her screen debut, Karen Grassle has starred in many other works like Gunsmoke (1975) as Fran in the episode The Wiving, Harry’s War (1981) as Kathy, Between the Darkness and the Dawn (1985) as Ellen Foster Holland, Wyatt Earp (1994) as Mrs. Sutherland. She also featured in My Greatest Teacher (2012) as Aunt Dorothy and in the short film Where’s Roman? (2017) as the Mysterious Woman.

Net Worth

In her heydays, Karen was a star many were agog to see on the screen, she has succeeded in maintaining her own space within the industry as she still adds a touch of class in any movie she features in. The actress who has been active from 1966 to the present time has a net worth of $500, 000. It is given that should she be involved in a couple of commercially successful works, her net worth will definitely still increase.

Is She Married? Husband and Daughter?

Karen Grassle has had it relatively smooth in her acting career. Though we can say this and be fairly accurate about how things have played out in her acting career, the same cannot be said about her marital life at least in the context of having not had a steady union.

The Berkeley, California born actress has gone the path of marriage three times with each ending in a divorce. She was first married to fellow American actor Leon Russom who records have it that she pathed ways with in 1970 haven just been married 4 years earlier in the year 1966.

Many years passed and Karen’s next husband became James Alan Radford who she walked down the aisle with on April 25th, 1982. The union between the two saw to the birth of Lily Kathleen, Karen’s only known daughter. Sadly, the marriage didn’t to last till death do them part as they called it time in 1987.


Having gone through 2 divorces and having one child, Karen Grassle probably shouted Eureka! when she fell in love with Dr. Scott T. Sutherland and subsequently married him in the year 1991. Her emotions notwithstanding, the marriage came to a halt in the year 2000 after 9 years of togetherness.

Since her last divorce in the dawn of the new millennium, the seasoned actress is not known to have dated anyone else or been in a relationship.

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