Diary of A Stage Mother's Daughter

Diary of A Stage Mother's Daughter

Book - 2012
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When Melissa Francis was eight-years-old, she won the role of a lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. Despite her age, she was already a veteran actress, but behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her mother. While Melissa thrived under pressure, her older sister Tiffany - who had tried her hand at acting and shrank from the limelight - was often ignored by their mother in a shadow of neglect and disappointment. Years later, when Tiffany's personal problems culminated in a life-and-death crisis, Melissa realized the role her mother continued to play in her sister's downward spiral, and she resolved to end the manic, abusive cycle once and for all.--From book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Weinstein Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 294 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781602861725
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 Fra


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Jul 23, 2017

I thought I was just reading another former child star's diary until the thesis became clearer. Melissa's loving and complicated relationship with her older sister is what makes this memoir so memorable. I finished it while sobbing.

Jun 18, 2015

Absolutely a must read! It's a sad book but Ms. Francis soldiered on and made something of herself. Many comparisons to the book Chanel Bonfire in regards to her mother.

Feb 08, 2013

what an awesome story/life!!!! if only her mother would have gotten some medical help for her problems melissa's life might have been a whole lot different!

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