Known best for her portrayal of Eliza Jane Wilder on the popular NBC series Little House on the Prairie, Flippin is also notable for her role as Fran Castleberry on the CBS sitcom Flo.
Her earliest acting credits include small roles in the 1976 film The Front and in a mid-1970s episode of The Bob Newhart Show.
During the 1980s, she appeared in episodes of Small Wonder, Moonlighting, Santa Barbara, The Golden Girls, and several other popular television series.
She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and she returned to her home city after living and working for years in Los Angeles, California.
She and Lukas Haas were both in the cast of the 1988 film Lady in White.