29 February 2012 6:30 PM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Melissa Gilbert has been paired with ballroom bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy for the upcoming Season 14 of "Dancing with the Stars" and his old partner, her pal Kirstie Alley, offered the former "Little House On The Prairie" star some advice.

"She's happy for me," Melissa told Access Hollywood correspondent Tim Vincent. "She said, 'Hold on to your crucifix, because it's going to be a bumpy ride!'"

Melissa was prompted to sign on for "DWTS" at the urging from pals Kirstie and Marlee Matlin, who both previously competed, and so far things have been going well, with Maks singing ...

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