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
1602861722
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 Fra

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abcDena
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.

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VALENCIA ALONZO
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.

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horselegs51
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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