Most child actors find it difficult to reconcile the success and popularity they had as children with the reality of adulthood. Some of them turn to drugs and other means of escape to deal with these realities. Melissa Francis is one of the few child actresses/celebrities who has been able to maintain and even surpass the successes in her childhood. She studied at Harvard and is a bestselling author. She currently works as an anchor and commentator with Fox Business Network.
She was born Melissa Ann Francis in Los Angeles, California, the U.S.A., on the 12th of November 1972. Her journey in front of the camera started when she was just 6 months old. She appeared in a Johnson & Johnson shampoo (No more Tears) commercial. She has an elder sister named Tiffany and has revealed that they spent most of their childhood being groomed to become child actresses. They attended riding and skiing lessons and were registered in different grooming schools their parents could afford.
She appeared in a series of television roles as a child. Her foremost television project was in the television film The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978) but her big-screen debut was in 1979 Scavenger Hunt. She appeared in 2 episodes of Mork & Mindy alongside Robin Williams in 1980.
One of her longest roles that left a great impression on Melissa’s young mind was her role as Cassandra Cooper Ingalls on the NBC show – Little House on the Prairie. She was on the show for two seasons and later wrote a book about her experience titled “Lessons from the Prairie: The Surprising Secrets to Happiness, Success, and (Sometimes Just) Survival I Learned on America’s Favorite Show”, released in 2017. She went ahead to appear in some films and several TV series before she quit acting to attend college.
Melissa grew up as a high achiever as her parents demanded nothing but the best from her. She schooled at Harvard, graduating in 1995 with a BA in Economics.
Her first book is titled “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter” where she discussed the pains and gains of having an overbearing mother. The book was released in 2012.
Her career as a reporter started in News 12, New Jersey before she worked at CNET as a correspondent in the broadcast unit where she covered technology, finance and consumer products.
Melissa Francis then proceeded to CNBC where she reported for programs like “Call” and “Power Launch”. By 2003, she had already become one of the established voices in energy and commodities. She then went ahead to make history as the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
She joined the Fox network as an anchor in 2012 and has again risen through the ranks swiftly. She is the co-host of the weekday program “After the Bell” with Connell MacShane, an anchor on the ‘Happening Now’ newscast and a co-anchor and regular panelist for the popular afternoon program “Outnumbered”.
Melissa met her husband (Wray Thorn) who also attended Harvard in Boston. The duo fell in love and dated for a while before getting married in 1997. He works as a financial and asset manager and they have three children (Thompson born 2007, Greyson born 2010 and Gemma born 2015).
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Melissa Francis of Fox News
1. Melissa has a rare medical condition that is called Factor V Leiden which cannot be cured. The condition which is a blood-clothing disorder makes pregnancy difficult, dangerous and life-threatening. She experienced this difficulty with the pregnancy of her two sons. When she decided to have another child, she was warned that it could lead to her death so, she had to use a surrogate for her third child (Gemma).
2. During her stay at Harvard, she was an executive editor for the Economic Magazine. She was also Captain of the Harvard Polo team. Melissa Francis also managed a tech support team for Harvard Business School while she was there.
4. She believes she has ugly feet and won’t let anyone see them. She revealed that one of the reasons she decided to marry her husband was because he said her feet weren’t ugly.
5. Melissa has it stated on her Twitter handle that she is not a member of any political party. From her tweets and retweets, she really does support several politicians in varying political parties based on what they are doing or saying right.