Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter She was sucked into the Hollywood machine as a kid, toiling on the Little House on the Prairie set, filming commercials, going on audition after… Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter She was sucked into the Hollywood machine as a kid, toiling on the Little House on the Prairie set, filming commercials, going on audition after… 2012-11-06 Memoir Nonfiction Weinstein Books
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Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter (2012)

DIARY OF A STAGE MOTHER'S DAUGHTER Melissa Francis
DIARY OF A STAGE MOTHER'S DAUGHTER Melissa Francis
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 06, 2012; Writer: Melissa Francis; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Weinstein Books

She was sucked into the Hollywood machine as a kid, toiling on the Little House on the Prairie set, filming commercials, going on audition after audition. What had started out as fun turned joyless for Melissa Francis as her mother began pressuring her to excel in every role. When Mom was happy, ''Santa brought every toy I'd ever imagined and a few I hadn't,'' but when Mom was disappointed, Francis might be pushed down the stairs or kicked out of the car. What makes Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter so compelling aren't just the behind-the-scenes details but the spirited conclusion: Francis cut all ties to her mother and made her own life, first at Harvard and later in broadcast journalism. A-

Originally posted Nov 20, 2012 Published in issue #1235 Nov 30, 2012 Order article reprints
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