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Shannen was confident as a young student, involving herself in school performances and trying hard at class work, making sure she always had exceptional grades. Despite her confidence, she kept to herself and preferred to be alone rather than be with large groups of people. She cracked into the entertainment world at just 11 years old, starring in "Little House on the Prairie" (1974) as Jenny Wilder. It was Michael Landon who noticed her performance in an episode of "Father Murphy" (1981), when he decided to cast her. She then went on to seem in "Our House" (1986) with Deidre Hall and Wilford Brimley. She additionally starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt in Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) and then in Heathers (1989), a teen comedy in which Winona Ryder additionally starred. [+]