Melissa Francis

Melissa Francis wearing a red dress

Melissa Francis




Quick Facts About Melissa Francis

Name Melissa Ann Francis
Birth Name Melissa Ann Francis
Celebrated Name Melissa Francis
Nick Name Missy Francis
Date of Birth December 12, 1972
Age 44 Years Old
Profession Actor
Gender Female
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
University Harvard University
Best Known For Little House on the Prairie, CNBC Anchor
Hair Color Dyed Blonde
Eyes Color Dark Brown
Marital Status Married
Husband Wray T Thorn
Weight 54 KG
Working For Fox News Network
Body Measurements 34-28-36

Melissa Francis pictured for an interview with Closer Weekly, Source :

Melissa Ann Francis is an American news personality currently working as the host of Fox News Channel show Outnumbered. She is a  former child actress best known for her portrayal of Cassandra Cooper Ingalls on the television series, Little House on the Prairie.

As a Harvard graduate who built her career at an early age, it would be a crime to credit her success to her beauty. As a matter of fact, her debut as a child star was so impressive that some people still refer to her as young Cynthia from the movie Bad Dreams.

She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with a major in economics. She also captained the Harvard Polo Team and was the executive editor of The Harvard College Economist. Along with the extra curriculum, she worked as a waitress during college and was an NBC News intern twice before graduating.

Still, we have to admit, her beauty cannot be overlooked. The hazel eyed blonde has been blessed with not only excess talent but the perfect physique. Her sharp looks and impeccable fashion sense have been admired by many fans. Even though her net worth hasn’t been revealed, as someone who tasted fame at an early age and has continued a promising career in television, we expect it to be a lot.

Melissa Francis's book revealed emotional abuse from mother

Melissa Francis had a troublesome childhood, Source :

Melissa Francis was born on the 12th of December, 1972 in Los Angeles as the youngest child to a stage actress mother and business owner father. She was raised with an older sister, Tiffany, in the San Fernando Valley in California. Both Tiffany and Melissa suffered emotional abuse at the hands of her controlling mother who at times would let her daughters go hungry.

In her 2012 memoir, Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter, Melissa revealed that her mother was suffering from Bipolar Disorder, which made her childhood pretty rough. More than a few times, her mother had pulled the car over and asked them to walk home by themselves. “Find your own way home. And another place to live while you’re at it," her mother would say.

Their life at home would always be "in a state of constant wariness", but Melissa fared better with her mother than Tiffany after getting a role in Little House on the Prairie. She wrote in her book, "The day I won that part may have been the highlight of Mom’s life. Our two years on Little House on the Prairie were without question her happiest."

Melissa Francis: From a little commercial star to Fox journalist

Little Melissa Francis as Cassandra in Little House on the Prairie, Source :

Imagine starting your career before you can even properly spell the word. Well, that was the start of Melissa Francis’ career in the entertainment industry.

She started acting when she was 6 months old, appearing in a Johnson & Johnson shampoo commercial. She appeared in several commercials throughout her early life and landed a main role in Little House on the Prairie when she was 9.

Melissa had decided at a young age that she wanted a career in the financial sector. Her journey began with WFSB-TV (a CBS network affiliate) as the weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter. She then worked as the reporter for News 12, also anchoring numerous New England television stations. Likewise, she served as the producer for WCSH-TV and researcher for MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.

She then started working with CNET as a correspondent for finance, technology, and consumer business. She was a financial news reporter and anchor for CNBC where she provided live hourly reports from the New York Mercantile Exchange on trading in crude oil futures contracts.

In early 2012, she became a financial news reporter and anchor for Fox Business Network, where she began hosting Money with Melissa Francis. She currently hosts the show, Outnumbered.

Her ability to make the monotonous financial news a little more interesting has made her a popular face and a distinguished expert on commodities. Melissa has a good sense of humor and is often seen making funny comments. Her net worth and salary have not yet been disclosed by any sources but it is quite predictable that it is quite high after years of hard work.

Melissa Francis is a mom to three children

Melissa Francis with her husband Wray Thorn and their two children., Source :

Melissa Francis is a married woman and a proud mother of three. Three pregnancies haven't much affected her measurements of 34-28-36 inches. When her sons were toddlers, she used to push their strollers to the nearby park as a form of workout.

Her husband, Wray Thorn, is an asset manager. She tied the knot with Thorn in 1997. In an interview with Us Magazine, she humorously said, "I married my husband because he said my feet aren't ugly, just sad." Apparently, her husband is "the most fun person (she's) ever met."

Melissa and Wray are happily married and are parents to two sons and a daughter. Melissa gave birth to her son, Thompson Thorn, in 2007. She was pregnant with her younger son, Greyson Alexander Thorn, in 2012.

All three of her children make frequent appearances on her Twitter profile @MelissaAFrancis where she has garnered over 78.5K followers.


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