Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor

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Scottie MacGregor
Born Dorlee Deane MacGregor
(1925-01-12) January 12, 1925 (age 92)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Other names Katherine MacGregor
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951-1983

Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor (born Dorlee Deane MacGregor; January 12, 1925, Glendale, California) is a retired American actress, best known for her role as Harriet Oleson in Little House on the Prairie.[1]


She is best known for her comedic performance as Harriet Oleson from 1974-83 on Little House on the Prairie.[2] As a child, her mother moved them to Denver, Colorado, where she lived until she moved to New York as a young adult. In the 1940s she was hired by the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in New York City as a dance instructor. MacGregor's favorite description of her character in Little House came in a fan letter from Minnesota in the 1970s, in which Mrs. Oleson was described as "the touch of pepper in the sweetness of the show". In 1979, thanks to the popularity of Little House in Spain, MacGregor was invited to Madrid, Spain and appeared on RTVE's 625 Lineas program. After Little House on the Prairie, she withdrew from screen productions in favor of local theater. She dedicated herself to the Hindu religion, and to teaching acting to children at the Wee Hollywood Vedanta Players, before finally retiring in the early 2000s.[citation needed]

Beginning in the 1950s, MacGregor worked in theatre on and off Broadway, and won such uncredited parts as "a longshoreman's mother" (On the Waterfront); "Alice Thorn" (The Traveling Executioner) and "Miss Boswell" (The Student Nurses). She appeared in numerous episodes of various television series: Love of Life (1956), Play of the Week (1959), East Side/West Side (1963), Mannix (1970–71), Emergency! (1972), Ironside (1972, 1974), and All in the Family (1973), as well as the two 1981 "Heroes vs. Villains" episodes of Family Feud hosted by Richard Dawson. She had roles in the TV movies, The Death of Me Yet (1971), The Girls of Huntington House (1973), and Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974).

Personal life[edit]

She was briefly married to actor Bert Remsen, one month her junior, in 1949-50, and to actor, director and teacher Edward G. Kaye-Martin, 14 years her junior, from August 1969 to October 1970.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Notes
1954 On the Waterfront Longshoreman's Mother Feature film (uncredited role)
1956 Love of Life Tammy Forrest #1 Daytime drama
1959 Play of the Week Maria Episode: "The Power and the Glory"
1963 East Side/West Side Grace Morrison Episode: "Go Fight City Hall"
1970 The Traveling Executioner Alice Thorn Feature film (uncredited role)
1970–1971 Mannix Nurse / Nurse Evans 2 episodes
1971 The Death of Me Yet Nora Queen TV film
1972 Emergency! Myrna Scudder Episode: "Musical Mania"
1972–1974 Ironside Mrs. Pyle / Irma 3 episodes
1973 The Girls of Huntington House Rose Beckwith TV film
1973 All in the Family Nurse Episode: "Edith's Christmas Story"
1974 Tell Me Where It Hurts Marge TV film
1974–1983 Little House on the Prairie Harriet Oleson 153 episodes


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