Melissa Sue Anderson Confirms What We Knew All Along
2. Drugs and Alcohol on set
Many of the cast and crew members had some intense addictions, mostly involving substances like drugs and alcohol. Therefore, there was a lot of both on the set. Apparently, the crew managed to finish two cases of Coors beer every day. They even nicknamed the more stressful days, “three-case days” to justify numbing some of the stress that came about while shooting.
In particular, Michael Landon was quite fond of drinking, and Melissa Gilbert admitted in her autobiography that she had no idea just how much Landon was drinking. It turns out that he would spike his coffee or other soft drinks with vodka, and not many were fully aware of the extent to which he drank on-set, as well as off it.