Melissa Gilbert, a recent celebrity contestant on ‘DWTS,’ is engaged to wed actor Timothy Busfield of ‘Thirtysomething’ fame.
The former ‘Little House on the Prairie’ child star confirmed through her rep that he popped the question shortly after they dished up Christmas dinner as volunteers at the Los Angeles Mission. They are planning a 2013 wedding.
According to her spokesperson, “They are engaged and both are incredibly happy.”
Melissa was cast on season 14 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with Maksim Chmerkovskiy as her pro partner. The 48-year-old actress finished in fifth place.
Gilbert was previously married to Bo Brinkman from 1988-1992 and actor Bruce Boxleitner from 1995-2011. During the two unions she gave birth to sons Dakota Brinkman and Michael Boxleitner. Her celebrity sister is actress and ‘The Talk’ co-host Sara Gilbert.
Her fiance, 55, won an Emmy for his 1991 Best Supporting Actor role in the popular television series ‘The West Wing.’ He is twice divorced and has three children.