Because of the pioneer flavor of many episodes of , Karen Grassle is enshrined in the "Hall of Great Performers" at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
As an advocate for victims of domestic violence (and other women's rights issues), Karen Grassle is credited for writing the screenplay of the 1978 TV movie . She starred in the film as well. As part of the film's promotion, Grassle traveled to Washington and met with members of the US House of Representatives.
Karen Grassle was trained in theater, her early post-collegiate work included an acting workshop in San Francisco and a fellowship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She went on to head the Voice Department at the Royal Academy.
Karen Grassle has stayed in contact with co-stars including Alison Arngrim and the Greenbush twins. She has said that she was not as close with Michael Landon, but she did speak to him shortly before his death in 1991. Actress Lucy Lee Flippin, who played Eliza Jane Wilder on the series, once said that Karen Grassle and Michael Landon did not always get along well off-camera, remarking that they had "different personalities entirely."
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