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February 28, 2024 58 mins

In this episode, I’m talking with Melissa Gilbert, actor, (former child star, "Little House on the Prairie"), former Congressional Candidate, NY Times Best Selling Author, activists, survivor and Sheroe  She needs no introduction for most of you, but I will do so, for those of you who may have been whisked away to another planet, or been otherwise, indisposed for the last 40 years.

Melissa is talented, beautiful, outspoken and brilliant and has a lot to say about topics trending today that touch her heart and activism. She talks about Brittany Spears and the mistreatment, mental abuse, and financial abuse by parents, family, managers of child actors and those that are supposed to love and protect them. 

From, USAG Simone Biles to Brittany Spears, what’s behind the control, abuse, and torment young actors, athletes and stars endure. 

Melissa Gilbert, is someone who knows firsthand, the pain, torment, and often plagued journey of a child star, athlete, performer. She is someone who has been one of the most famous Hollywood child actors around the world,  starring as “half-pint” (Laura Ingalls) in the beloved, worldwide hit television series, “Little House on the Prairie.  Mel knows what it’s like to be told “just push through it” even when it’s dangerous, physically and mentally.

This was a conversation like two girlfriends sitting down for lunch and catching up. Melissa, real, funny, smart, heartwarming.

Mel shares a very special place in my heart, first, because she played me, in the television movie about my life, “Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story.” Mel seemed at times to know me, better than I knew myself, except she is a much more beautiful version of me. 

We Share a Soul.  We each carry one engraved cufflink, from her beloved, and cherished deceased father, Paul Gilbert.

Melissa also played Helen Keller in the TV MOVIE, “The Miracle Worker, portrayed Anne Frank in The Anne Frank Story, and has starred in over fifty television movies and numerous television series over the course of her 54-year career. 

An activist and champion most of her life, she advocates for survivors and other causes..

It is my honor and pleasure to introduce my good friend, Melissa Gilbert.  Help me welcome my twin soul, powerhouse, courageous,  heroic, and gifted woman, MELISSA GILBERT. I am so grateful to have her with us today.

Listeners, Please Note:

Shari Karney, the host of Roar with Shari. . . All Things Justice for Women and Survivors is a survivor and a practicing attorney in California representing victims of child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.
 Even though Shari Karney is a licensed practicing attorney in the State of California practicing in the areas of child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, this podcast is intended for informational purposes only, there is no expectation of confidentiality and is not intended nor should it be construed as legal advice.  For legal advice, you should seek competent legal counsel. If you’re interested in speaking to Karney’s law practice they can be reached at
Please also note that Karney Law is owned by Shari Karney. Karney is the founder of Roar as One. Roar as One is a nonprofit, Karney Law is a law firm and they are otherwise unaffiliated.


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