47-year-old Melissa Francis came into this world on December 12, 1972. She is an American actress and commentator for the FOX Business Network and FOX News.
Melissa Francis Bio: Early Life, Family Details
Francis was born as Vini Melissa Ann Francis in Los Angeles, California. Her father is a small businessman and her mother a homemaker. She has an older sister named Tiffany.
Francis spent her childhood in the San Fernando Valley in California. Her mother hoped that both daughters would have success as child actresses. The sisters learned skiing and riding. Francis got roles in commercial as a baby.
Melissa Francis Education Details
During college, she worked as a waitress and was an intern twice for NBC News. Francis received her education at Harvard University with a B.A. degree in economics. She was the executive editor of the Harvard College Economist Magazine.
Melissa Francis Career Details
Before she even became a year old Francis was featured in a Johnson & Johnson shampoo commercial. Many other commercials followed.
In 1978 she appeared in the telefilm “The Ghost of Flight 401.” However, her big-screen debut came when she appeared on “Scavenger Hunt.” In 1980 she performed with Robin Williams on the television sitcom “Mork and Mindy” for one episode.
Francis appeared on the NBC sitcom “Joe’s World playing Linda Wabash in 11 episodes. In 1981 she joined the cast of “Little House on the Prairie,” portraying Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, who was the adopted daughter of Caroline and Charles Ingalls in the series.
In 1983 Francis portrayed the daughter of Martin Sheen and Blythe Danner in the film “Man, Woman, and Child.” In 1986 she portrayed Sarah Bishop on the CBS family drama “Morningstar/Eveningstar.”
In 1988 she had a small roll in the horror thriller “Bad Dreams.” In 2012 Francis appeared in “The Dictator.”
Reporter And Co-Anchor
In New Jersey Francis was a reporter for News 12 and anchored for different New England stations in Hartford, Manchester, and Providence. She was a producer For WCSH-TV NBC Portland she was a producer and for the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour,. a researcher.
On CNET she was a correspondent for the broadcast unit, covering finance, technology, and consumer products. Francis was co-anchor on the midday programs “Power Lunch” and “The Call” on CNBC.
In 2003 she showed herself to be one of the foremost experts on energy and commodities. Francis made television history being the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
CNBC “On the Money” hired Francis to hose the show in 2005. Later on, she was the anchor on three episodes on “CNBC Business News.”
In 2012 and 2013, she was guest hostess on two episodes of “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” Francis was a panelist on 25 episodes on “America Live.”
From 2013 to 2018, she became one of the co-hosts for “Happening Now” on FNC. Since 2015 Francis has been co-hosting “After the Bell” on FBN with David Asman. She makes regular appearances on the afternoon talk show “Outnumbered” on FNC.
On ‘Outnumbered” Francis and co-anchor Harris Faulkner have rotating panelists to discuss the day’s top headlines. On the post-market program “After the Bell,” she breaks down the day’s market news with co-anchor Connell McShane.
In 2012 Francis wrote a non-fiction book, “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir.” The book documents her relationship with her parents.
In 2017 she had a second book published “Lessons From the Prairie: Happiness, Success, and (Sometimes Just) Survival I Learned on America’s Favorite Show.” This book was about her experience on the set of “Little House on the Prairie” and life lessons she learned there.
Melissa Francis Marriage Details
Francis married Wray Thorn in 1997. Thorn is an asset manager and financier. Together they have three children, two sons Thomas and Greyson, and a daughter named Gemma.
Francis has a rare hereditary condition called Factor V Leiden, which makes pregnancy dangerous for her. She has difficult births with both sons. However, they wanted a third child, so their daughter was conceived through a surrogate mother.
Melissa Francis House
The family lives in an apartment in New York City in the Carnegie Hill area of the Upper East Side.
Her net worth is estimated at $8 million.