How Melissa Francis Made It: From ‘Little House On The Prairie’ To Fox Business [VIDEO]
12:15 pm, August 8th | by Laura Donovan
It’s common for child stars to peak at a young age and struggle to maintain high-profile careers, but new Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis, who was a “Little House on the Prairie” actress as a kid, is still going strong and working in TV news.
In an interview with MediabistroTV, Francis shared the glee she experienced upon receiving a phone call from Roger Ailes while at CNBC.
“He says [to me], ‘Hey, you want to join the Fox family? You know, I mean, he’s a legend in the business…I was very happy at CNBC, I had no intention of going, but when you get that call, and then I went and met with them for hours…I was sold immediately.”
Francis, who has only been at the network for six months, said she hopes she’s living up to Ailes’s expectations, adding that working there is “even better” than she imagined and “very creative.” Having been on TV since before her first birthday, the Harvard grad said you “have to like” the television world to continue working in it. On “Little House on the Prairie,” she said:
“It was a lot of fun. They really set up for kids on that set…So we had a lot of fun.”
Francis added that television and the acting industry have a lot in common, but that she prefers delivering her own lines on camera as opposed to those written by someone else. Finally a former child star who appears content with adulthood and doesn’t go on a downward spiral!