They had a son named Michael Garrett age 26.
(1 January 1995 - 25 August 2011) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Was introduced to last ex-husband Bruce Boxleitner by his ex-wife, Kathryn Holcomb.
son Michael Garrett Boxleitner on October 6, 1995
Ex-wife Kathryn Holcomb introduced him to future wife, Melissa Gilbert. He called off his engagement to Melissa twice before they finally made it to the altar. The couple have since divorced.
March 01, 2011
Melissa Gilbert, 46, has separated from her husband of 16 years, Bruce Boxleitner, 60, a rep for the actress confirms.
Wed in 1995 after a stormy courtship, the couple have one son, Michael, 15, named for Michael Landon, Gilbert's costar, mentor and father figure during her 9-year (from 1974 to 1983) stint as Laura Ingalls on TV's Little House on the Prairie.
Gilbert also has a son, Dakota, 21, from her previous marriage to Bo Brinkman; Boxleitner has two sons, ages 30 and 25, from his previous marriage to former actress Kathryn Ogilvy."We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together," Gilbert, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, said in a statement. "On behalf of our family we ask to be allowed our privacy during this very difficult time."
Melissa Gilbert Files For Divorce From Bruce Boxleitnera
Thursday August 25, 2011
Nearly six months after announcing their separation, Melissa Gilbert filed for divorce from her husband of 16 years, Bruce Boxleitner.
Gilbert, 47, cites irreconcilable differences in her filing Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. She seeks joint custody of their son Michael, 15, who was named after Gilbert's costar and mentor Michael Landon on TV's Little House on the Prairie.
Gilbert also seeks not to pay spousal support to Boxleitner, 61, an actor who recently appeared in Tron: Legacy.
The pair also have three adult sons from their previous marriages.
The divorce papers were filed the same week that Gilbert's sister, The Talk's Sara Gilbert, announced the end of her relationship with Allison Adler. They will share custody of their two children.
Only weeks after Gilbert's divorce filing, Bruce Boxleitner's ex-wife, Kathryn Holcomb, set Boxleitner up with Gilbert. Holcomb by then was married to actor Ian Ogilvy. Gilbert had met Boxleitner as a teenager when they both were on Battle of the Network Stars when Gilbert introduced herself, as she had a pin-up of him in her locker. But Boxleitner ignored her, as she was a teen and he was many years older than she was. After reconnecting, the couple started dating on and off for over a year. They were engaged twice and Boxleitner broke up with her each time. After reuniting for a third time, they finally married on January 1, 1995, in her mother's living room. Gilbert quickly became pregnant, but went into premature labor more than two months before her due date. She gave birth to a son, Michael Garrett Boxleitner, named in honor of Michael Landon, on October 6, 1995. His middle name is in honor of Garrett Peckinpah, her friend Sandy Peckinpah's son, who had died suddenly of meningitis at age 16. Gilbert is also stepmother to Boxleitner's two sons with Holcomb, Sam (born 1980) and Lee (born 1985). On March 1, 2011, Gilbert announced that she and Boxleitner had separated. On August 22, 2011, Gilbert filed for divorce from Boxleitner.