Diary of A Stage Mother's Daughter

Diary of A Stage Mother's Daughter

A Memoir

eBook - 2012
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The Glass Castle meets The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in this dazzlingly honest and provocative family memoir by former child actress and current Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis. When Melissa Francis was eight years old, she won the role of lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, the little girl who was adopted with her brother (played by young Jason Bateman) by the Ingalls family on the world’s most famous primetime soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. Despite her age, she was already a veteran actress, living a charmed life, moving from one Hollywood set to the next. But behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her stage mother, as fame and a mother’s ambition pushed her older sister deeper into the shadows. Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter is a fascinating account of life as a child star in the 1980’s, and also a startling tale of a family under the care of a highly neurotic, dangerously competitive “tiger mother.” But perhaps most importantly, now that Melissa has two sons of her own, it’s a meditation on motherhood, and the value of pushing your children: how hard should you push a child to succeed, and at what point does your help turn into harm?
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781602861756
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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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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