Former child actors Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush got their start in the entertainment industry when they were just three years old, when they played Jill Hayden alongside one another in the movie “Sunshine.” Despite the fact that they were still young, however, their renown began to decline with time.
The Greenbush sisters, Lindsay and Sidney, first came to public attention as child performers in the film “Sunshine,” which was released in 1973. In the film, they portrayed Jill Hayden, who was three years old at the time.
After some time, the two of them met the actor and director Michael Landon, who ultimately decided that they would be perfect together in the role of Carrie Ingalls in “Little House on the Prairie.”
A producer had the idea of casting the twins in the role of Carrie, the eldest of the three daughters. Last but not least, Landon, who had previously portrayed Charles Ingalls, immediately signed the girls after seeing them.
However, despite the fact that the fans of the classic show admired the brothers, the siblings’ level of achievement gradually decreased over the course of their life. Over the last several years, Sidney and Lindsay have gradually disappeared from public view and have kept a low profile. They went in two opposite directions.
The Hollywood Community Hospital was the location where the twins were born and they were reared in Silverlake. They did not leave till they were two years old after moving there. Their parents ended up settling down in Malibu in the end.
Sidney disclosed to The Malibu Times in January 2015 that her family relocated to their current location up Deer Creek in the early 1970s after having lived in the Point Dume area since 1977.
The 52-year-old woman added that the lower cost of homes in the area was due to the fact that Malibu at the time was not a city but rather a section of Los Angeles that had been incorporated.
Their father is the actor Billy Greenbush, who is best known for his appearances in the films “Five Easy Pieces,” “Jason Goes to Hell,” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” Sidney divulged the information that neither of their parents wanted her or her sister to pursue a career in acting:
The author states that her parents did not have any intention of encouraging any of their children to pursue a career in the performing arts.
On the other hand, when a filmmaker phoned in seeking for twins, Billy’s friend offered his children to the director. Their mother, Carole Bush, accompanied them to the audition, and it was discovered that they would be perfect for the character of Jill in the film “Sunshine,” directed by Joseph Sargent.
In a later episode of “Little House on the Prairie,” Landon was looking for new cast members, and Sargent suggested the twins to him. When they arrived, Landon led them to his office, where their mother was not allowed to accompany them, to see what options they had:
“When we went for the interview to see what we would do, Michael invited us to his office without my mother. He wanted to see what we would do. My sister and I did not let it disturb us in the least.
Sidney stated that she and her sister would not have had the opportunity to appear on the long-running show “Little House” if their mother had not driven them to the interview and to work on a daily basis. Sidney also stated that if their mother had not driven them to the interview, they would not have had the opportunity.
Both she and Lindsay were had to balance their careers as performers with their academic obligations while they were still considered minors, and they were required to do their homework while on set. The school attendance of the young actors was monitored by social workers on a regular basis.
Sidney explained to them that the quantity of work they needed to accomplish differed depending on the grade level they were in. Even though they had wrapped up shooting for the day, the two were required to remain on set until their respective school shifts had concluded. Since the sisters were informed of their film schedule in advance, they asked to have their duties done early:
“During the days that we were shooting, we would inquire with our professors about the assignments, complete them while we were working on set, and then hand them in when we returned back to our homes. Since we were required to renew our work permits on an annual basis, we were under constant pressure to maintain high grades.
Because Lindsay and Sidney took turns playing the part, there was very little opportunity for the two of them to appear on screen together. However, they did not appear together until the episode of that show named “Godsister,” which was the first time they were seen together.
In the episode that aired for the first time on December 18, 1978, it was revealed that Carrie was both upset and lonely as her pa had to go for a month of work.
She fabricated the persona of Alyssa so that she could distract herself from her suffering. The twins took turns playing different parts for those characters as well. Throughout seasons 4 through 7, the comedy series maintained a ranking in the top 20.
The popularity of “Little House” afforded the girls many chances, including the chance to visit the White House and meet with First Lady Amy Carter (daughter of President Jimmy Carter). However, the trip was not devoid of difficulties for the two travelers.
Sidney and Lindsay had a tough time of it under Landon’s management since he ran a tight ship. In an interview with People magazine, Lindsay detailed the ways in which he made the meeting difficult for them in 2001:
“In our experience, Michael was never able to make it fun. I lived in continual fear of embarrassing myself by making a gaffe.
One of the most challenging components of Carrie’s job was the fact that she had not spent her childhood watching the show in question. According to Sidney, the producers gave the character lines that were suited for a much younger kid because they wanted the role to remain a little girl. This was the case even though the character was played by an adult.
After eight seasons of playing the same character on “Little House,” Sidney and Lindsay decided to leave the show because they had become tired of the role they had been playing. The viewership numbers for the television show have also decreased.
The twins made the decision to go their own ways at the conclusion of that season. For the ninth season of the show, it was given a new title and rebranded as “Little House: A New Beginning.” Fans of the twins and their co-stars didn’t pay much attention to the spinoff, which was canceled a few months later after it had already aired a few episodes.
After their stint on “Little House” in 1982, Lindsay and Sidney had a difficult time finding roles that were considered to be suitable. In the episode “Matt Houston” from 1983, Lindsay performed a cameo role as a person who had been abused.
She participated in an audition with the hopes of being cast as Dorothy Gale in “Return to Oz.” Sadly, the producers made the decision not to utilize her since they believed that she was too old to participate.
On the other hand, her sister Sidney portrayed Amy McVickers in the 1984 film “Hillie and Hambone,” which Alan Hale, who has since passed away, starred in. The twins soon disappeared from public view, with the exception of a few random bit parts here and there.
They each went their own ways after leaving “Little House” forty years ago now that they are adults and have different lives of their own. In April 2015, in a response to another user on Twitter, Lindsay said that she had been married since the year 2014 and disclosed that her sister does not use the service: “Yes, I did get married the year before last. My sister does not have a Twitter account.
After being married to William “Rocky” Foster for nine years, Sidney was left heartbroken when he took his own life. Sidney was an elder child by three minutes compared to her sister. She is presently involved in women’s professional rodeo, which she participates in at her ranch in Little Rock, California, where she also trains horses and sells them. Her brother claims that she does not participate in the conversation on social media.
Sidney did not remarry and she did not have any children after the death of her husband or wife. Additionally, she is employed in the information technology industry as a sales system administrator for a house builder:
“I could never have envisioned working in information technology, but that’s what I do,”
In the meanwhile, her sister Lindsay has a daughter called Katelynn who was born in 1995 and married Frank Dornan in 2001. Katelynn was born in 1995, and Lindsay and Frank Dornan wed in 2001. In Simi Valley, California, she, like her sister, is employed in the equine industry as a trainer.
In addition to this, the Kid Gloves Boxing Foundation is Lindsay’s current place of employment. In 2014, she ended her marriage to her first husband and entered into a second union with Daniel Sanchez.
The pair began dating in 1977, during the production of the episode “The Wolves,” which had brought them together because of “Little House.” While Lindsay was having a sleep under the shadow of an oak tree, she became aware that Sanchez, a small kid who lived in the neighborhood, was visiting the set.
After a gap of thirty years, the two got back in touch and began dating. They were married in July 2014, right next to the tree that had been the setting for their first encounter together.
In March of 2019, Lindsay pondered on the time that had passed and tweeted a photo of the event location along with guests on the day of the event. She fessed up to the fact that she was seven years old when they first met one other.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of their wedding in July 2018, Lindsay and Sanchez posted throwback photos from their special day on Twitter.
The woman who is a mother of one child said how thankful she is to have a spouse who is so committed as her life partner. Lindsay said that Sanchez is the one who makes her laugh, who helps her feel more confident since he is her rock, and who continually inspires her to go forward in life:
“Ever since you became a part of my life, the experience of living has been such a fantastic adventure. You add to the depth of my being.
The couple’s son and his team had been sent to Malibu to restore power, and Lindsay posted a picture of him at work to express how proud she was of him and his efforts.
Not only did Lindsay show that she takes great satisfaction in becoming a mother by attending the “Little House” cast reunion in 2014, but her sister Sidney was noticeably absent from the event. In that place, she was quite complimentary of Landon and said the following:
“When we were kids, dad was Superman, so it’s still hard to fathom life without him being a part of it. Because he was an exceptional case, nothing bad could ever happen to him.
When the miniseries ended with a two-hour finale in February 1984, actress Melissa Gilbert, who portrayed the role of Laura Ingalls, said that the climax of the people burning up Walnut Grove’s property provided them with closure.
Although she was relieved it was over, she couldn’t help but feel down about it. “Saying goodbye was not a simple endeavor. There were family ties among the members of the cast and the crew. “Gilbert” remarked that even now, every time he watches it, he still cries.
Karen Grassle, who portrayed the role of Caroline Ingalls on the show, agreed and described the situation as regrettable. It’s possible that the characters were featured in annual television specials. However, you won’t be able to do that once you blow up the town, she pointed out. It was disclosed by Lindsay that she had not been allowed to watch the show up to that moment.