Melissa Francis chronicles painful childhood
FBN anchor pens powerful memoir
- Duration 5:55
- Date Nov 19, 2012
FBN anchor pens powerful memoir
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As long as we get -- -- And.
Should she be any more adorable.
That was a scene from the hit show Little House on the Prairie featuring a young Melissa Francis.
In the role that would propel her into the national spotlight and ultimately become the subject of her new memoir.
Diary of -- stage mother's daughter.
In it she chronicles a difficult and often painful transition from child star to adulthood here now is -- And Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis.
Haven't you a lot growing up that you stepped in a bear trap and now I would like one of the really big -- in my -- and it -- -- and they're -- but I suspect that the wagons were very dangerous and you know I'll tell you that fall into the mill and they were so many potential danger isn't such a thrill for me because Melissa got here at fox in every respect.
It was time as a cleric but you generally like to talk about it as she moved -- she went to Harvard she hasn't another elect -- -- -- site I can we talk how big pet.
-- had you wrote this book and now we.
You feeling all right so I actually I have read it my husband has read it I wanna say up front it is not just a checkbook.
It's good for guys and girls and it's fascinating life story about how you get started you done a lot before the show but this is what put you on the map.
Yes I I mean I grew up in front of the camera -- -- from the time I was less than a year old I didn't Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo commercial and it.
You know more than a hundred commercials movies TV all kinds -- stuff.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know they used to -- that kid to get that -- -- or do we side necklace crying on Q will on network -- you know well when I was trying to get other kids in trouble as well on the playground but it was all fueled.
You know by the Hollywood version of the tiger -- -- so popular right now that mom that drives so hard and and that would that's a stage mom and Hollywood -- and that's what I have sort of driving career she poured.
All of her energy and time and effort into taking my sister and I -- and auditions -- horseback riding and ice skating and tap lessons and much everything yet maybe you're not Jerry in tatters I'm very intense very over the top.
I'm -- so it's it's this it's a story that I think is relatable on that -- a lot of people have.
Well I mean some other people who -- Are you don't know where it's gonna go with him on because you're pretty harshly critical of her view and you can not it in so many words that you recount the stories of what she did to you how how much you know yeah.
You could say abuse she put you through.
And you don't know how it's gonna end what you're reading this I'm reading this thinking how is it is she still.
You know talking to her mother I mean how good are they on speaking terms -- wrote this book what's the answer that well even the story itself comes to.
They shocking and explosive and I think -- he said he you don't know how this can all resolved.
And you know my mom make some decisions in the and that I find it pretty appalling we end of our whole family -- falls apart and you know we haven't had a relationship for more than a decade.
And -- book was a lot about my own children asking me my my six year old asked me you know where my mother is and I typically have an answer for him and I realized that he wasn't going away without question and I needed to figure out what the cancer was going to be.
And I needed to be OK with that it.
And ironic given the beautiful on screen family that you -- adopted by hi in my angles.
And had it all -- behind the scenes a real struggle was emerging a real struggle but you know -- I I feel like in my own life.
I turned it around it was a day that I woke up and I said this cycle ends with me you know it's going and with me and I'm gonna choose to have a different -- than women choose to go down a different path.
And I think that a lot of people of read the book and said to me.
You know I relate to so much and -- they say why didn't really don't have that much in common but we what we do have in common.
Is that they hit some sort of obstacle along the way a big one whether it was an abusive parent.
More something -- that happened in their lives and they had to make the decision.
You know to have to take a different path and have a happy life after that not -- you don't have a wonderful has been I have two beautiful kids don't want him -- -- -- to be apparent.
Because of the way that I was parentage by my mother I didn't.
I knew what they didn't wanna do but I didn't know how to do it better than an hour and them then yes then might there they are -- there's my family right there -- so I have to tell -- I just -- so impressive.
A grenade out for you got here but I just think you're funny you're self deprecating you tell a story it in a real way in a way that -- I can hear your voice I read this book.
And it's -- Easter I mean.
I'm Muslim group of Little House on the Prairie -- has allowed inside information about high angles now he knew Michael -- very well.
You know you're getting old when he switches from the father figure to high.
And we're there so but you read the book they -- -- stage -- -- uttered every one the two page challenge read the first two pages -- -- doesn't grab you send me the receipt also -- your money and as a lawyer yeah that sounds just I didn't AI NE thing that's beginning to raise -- Melissa good luck thank you missing Q.
It it really is a good book and the funny thing is my husband who I've told you has written this book.
Near Kansas Archos in Manhattan was reading -- -- -- the same time she was reading his book.
And the other each other about how good the books are and is so it truly is you know whether your guy or girl that's spelling he never -- the house in the period of knowing about the loss -- I mean it's not who doesn't but.
Anyway he loved it and you'll -- it tends to check it out carriers stage mother's daughter.