Melissa Francis was born to stand in front of the camera. Even before she could say her own name, she had started appearing in TV commercials. Later, Melissa switched to acting and then to television journalism.
One of the highlights of her acting career was the role of Cassandra Cooper Ingalls on the 1980s TV show Little House on the Prairie. In recent years, she has appeared as a presenter and host on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business News.
Melissa Francis Bio
Melissa was born on December 12, 1972, in Los Angeles, California, as Melissa Ann Francis. Her mother began to push her into the world of entertainment even before her first birthday. Together with her sister Tiffany, who is now late, Melissa began to appear in TV commercials. Her first commercial job was for a Johnson & Johnson shampoo when she was just 6 months old. Melissa would appear in over 100 commercials.
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From commercials, she began to land small roles in TV shows and movies. Some of her earliest ones were: Scavenger hunt, Man, Woman and Child, and Bad Dreams. Melissa was more active on the small screen. She starred in Joe’s World and her most successful TV appearance came in the successful TV series Little House on the Prairie. Melissa played her role for one year, from 1981 to 1982.
About a decade later, Melissa gave up acting and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Harvard University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. During her time at Harvard, Melissa served as managing editor of The Harvard College Economist magazine. She played polo as her extracurricular activity and even became captain of the Harvard Polo Team.
Melissa interned at NBC twice before graduating college. After graduating, she became a reporter for New Jersey’s News 12, and then moderated and covered for several New England TV stations in Manchester, Hartford, and Providence. Among others, she produced for WCSH-TV (NBC) in Portland and did the research for the MacNeil/Teacher NewsHour.
She later became a correspondent for CNET. Here she focused on reporting on financial, technology, and consumer issues. During this time, she also worked for CNBC and reported for the media.
In 2003, Melissa joined CNBC as an energy reporter, reporting on energy-related topics and the activities of the major companies behind these issues. She also hosted two news programs: The Call and Power Lunch. It is said that she was the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Fox News Career
In January 2012 Melissa Francis joined the FOX Business Network as a moderator and financial reporter. Together with David Asman, she is the co-host of After The Bell, which airs on weekdays at 4-5PM/ET. Two years later, in 2014, she became co-host of Fox News Channel’s Outnumbered, which airs at 12 noon-PM ET on weekdays. Melissa is also the host of the news show Happening Now.
Her father and mother
Melissa published a treacherous memoir entitled “Diary of a Stage Mother-Daughter”. It was about her childhood and about the fact that she was raised by a very poisonous and overpowering mother. She described all the horrible things she had experienced from her mother, including a time when her mother threw her out of the car and asked her to find a way home. She was only 8 years old.
Melissa’s mother even stole the money she made from commercials and movies. Her arrogant attitude drove her older sister Tiffany into bad relationships that encouraged her to take drugs and alcohol. Tiffany would later die of addiction.
At the age of 15, Melissa was emancipated from her mother. She revealed little about her father, including the fact that he owned a small business and worked very hard at it. Melissa also mentioned that her father was a source of strength that motivated her, that she could be anything she wanted if she just focused on it. However, her father’s reaction to her mother’s toxicity was mostly passive-aggressive, which unfortunately was not enough.
Luckily for Melissa, she stayed strong and made the best of her life, unfortunately, the same cannot be said of her late sister, who mostly fought with her mother.
Net worth – How rich is she?
Melissa has lost a lot of the money she earned from acting, but fortunately, she was able to win herself back with a successful journalism career. She earns an estimated salary of $100,000 at FOX. Her net worth was estimated at about $5 million.
Melissa Francis’ husband
Melissa is married to Wray Thorn. She met him in Boston during college. Thorn proposed to her on top of the Empire State Building and they got married in 1997. Thorn is the CEO of Two Sigma Ventures. According to his LinkedIn profile, he began his career at Chemical Bank as part of the acquisition finance group.
At Two Sigma, Thorn manages the private investment and venture business. The couple has three children, including two sons and one daughter. Their daughter, the youngest, was born by surrogacy after her doctor determined that a third pregnancy would be too risky for Melissa, who had been diagnosed with a hereditary condition called Factor V Leiden. As a result of the disease, Melissa’s first two pregnancies were risky.
The family lives in a 3,100 square meter loft in Carnegie Hil, which she bought in 2010 for over $4 million.
Quick Facts About Melissa Francis
|Date of Birth:||12 December 1972|
|Age:||47 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 Feet 6 Inch|
|Birth Name||Melissa Ann Francis|
|Birth Place/City||Los Angeles, California|
|Working For||Fox Business Network|
|Net Worth||$8 million|
|Eye Color||Brown Dark|
|Hair Color||Brown Light|
|Weight in KG||54 kg|
|Married to||Wray T Thorn (m. 1997|
|Children||Greyson Alexander Thorn|
|Awards||Best Young Actress in a Family Film Made for Television Something About Amelia (1984|
|Online Presence||Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia|
|TV Show||Something About Amelia|
|Sisters||Tiffany Ann Francis|