On February 12, 1975, Paul Gilbert suffered a stroke and died at the age of 56.
Wilder details a scene from her childhood in Burr Oak, in which a neighbor of the Ingalls' pours kerosene throughout his bedroom, sets it on fire and proceeds to drunkenly drag his wife around by her hair before Wilder's father - Pa in the children's books - intervenes.
Seven years later, on May 9, 1991, when she saw a gaunt-looking Landon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson discussing his pancreatic cancer, she was compelled to finally telephone him.
As an adult, she has a very long list of acting, voicework, writing, producing, and directing credits.
She visited Landon at his Malibu home where he was, by then, bedridden, and they spent the afternoon together.
Barbara and Harold Abeles' marriage later ended in divorce.
Gilbert dated Lowe on-and-off for six years.
Gilbert regularly keeps in contact with her friend Alison Arngrim, who played her nemesis Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie.