Allison Balson is an American actress and musician born on November 19, 1969, in Los Angeles, California. Balson is best known for her role as Nancy Oleson in the hit TV series ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ She has also had a successful music career and is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Balson played the role of Nancy Oleson on ‘Little House on the Prairie’ from 1981 to 1983. Nancy was the adopted daughter of the town’s general store owners, Nels and Harriet Oleson, and was portrayed as a bratty and entitled young girl. Balson’s portrayal of Nancy was impressive, and she quickly became a fan favorite due to her natural acting skills.
In addition to her role on ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ Balson appeared in several other TV shows and films throughout her career. She made guest appearances on shows like ‘Father Murphy’ and ‘Kate and Allie.’ Balson also appeared in films like ‘Betsy’s Wedding’ and ‘The Horror Show.’
Balson’s passion for music led her to pursue a career in the industry. She is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, playing instruments like the piano, guitar, and fiddle. Balson has released several albums throughout her career, including ‘Allison Balson: The Road So Far,’ which features original music as well as covers of classic rock and country songs. In 2018, she won Emerald Princess Cruise Ship’s “The Voice of The Ocean” singing competition.
She also as a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and her Masters from Trinity College in Dublin.
Balson’s contributions to the entertainment industry and her music career have earned her several awards and recognitions. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on ‘Little House on the Prairie’ in 1984. She was also named Best New Country Artist by Cashbox Magazine in 1990.
Allison Balson continues to inspire others with her talent and dedication to the arts. Her memorable portrayal of Nancy Oleson on ‘Little House on the Prairie’ remains an important part of American television history, and her music continues to entertain audiences worldwide.