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Jennifer Landon speaks out about her dad, Michael

08/23/2005 at 06:00 AM ET

by auditioning contributor Emily

Jennifer_landon Jennifer Landon, 21, who plays Gwen Norbeck on the soap series "As the World Turns" is speaking out about her late famous father, Michael Landon. "Sometimes I’m glad he’s not here," she jokes about how he might have disapproved of some of the things she does on her show.

Michael Landon passed away in 1991 of of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54. He was best known for his roles as Little Joe on "Bonanza," Pa Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie," and Jonathan Smith of "Highway to Heaven." Jennifer was one of nine children born to the handsome actor.

Says Jennifer of her learning of her father’s illness at the young age of 7, "I was not ready. I wasn’t ready to hear it at all, not at all." Michael tried to fight off the illness with homeopathic remedies such as acupunture. But after Jennifer was told to say her last goodbyes to her dad, she says, "I cried when they did that. They took me over there. I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to! I don’t want to."’

But Jennifer is keeping busy with acting now. She attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York University and now lives in Manhattan, where she works on "As the World Turns." But she’ll never forget her father. "I think there’s a part of me that has not gotten older, right since then," she says.

Source: theINSIDER

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Alioop on

I never realized that Michael Landon was her dad! Wow, I think she’s a really talented young actress and I just love watching her on the soap, she’s quickly become one of my favorites.

Mary Lou on

I was losing interest in the show until she came to the program. What a talent!
She has really perked up the show. Now that I know she is related to Michael Landon I see the same expressions and smile. She will make him proud.

lydia cisneros on

i would like to know if she sings the song from the commercial of liberty mutual insurance. i watch as the world turns so i have heard her sing and i think it is her

MILDRED MANGIARELLI on

I MISS JENNIFER LANDON ON AS THE WORLD TURNS. I HOPE THEY BRING HER BACK

Kellie Williams on

I loved your father in the little house series and he was very handsome. I was distraught to find out that he had passed, but with you looking alot like him and haning his acting abilities you will make him proud. Just remember he is in heaven and watching over you

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