Also known as Missy or Melissa Francis.
Francis was a child actress, and currently works as a news reporter. Francis started her career playing in commercial movies. She received her first role at the age of 6, she is best known for her role of Cassandra Cooper-Ingalls…more
Francis was a correspondent for CNET (before joining CNBC) where she covered finance, technology, and consumer products.
Missy graduated from Harvard University in 1995; as of 2006 she works as a news reporter for CNBC.
Missy Francis: The only people who recognize me from Little House these days are CNBC viewers who are watching and suddenly make the connection. Then they say it's nice to see a child actor who didn't end up in rehab or robbing their local dry cleaner.
Missy Francis: (about being on "Little House") I loved it, because there were a ton of kids around, and I was such a ham. I loved getting the attention. It was weird, though, because I had to say things like "Pa" and "I reckon." Who talks like that, seriously? But Michael Landon was so entertaining. He would put a frog in his mouth, and just as you were about to say your line, the frog popped out. He did it to give us kids a good laugh. I was the hit of my elementary school back then!
Missy Francis: In the few years I have been out of college, I have been lucky enough to find great success in reporting and anchoring the news. I now appear in a show on CNBC, which was my dream. I am also married to a man who is everything I always hoped for in a husband.
Missy Francis: (about working on "Little House") I can honestly say that everyone was really very welcoming. Rachel and Robin Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls) were delighted to have another girl their age to play with! I always had plenty of playmates and friends on the set, which made things fun. Even though Matthew Laborteaux (Albert Ingalls) was older, he was very kind to his "younger sisters." He helped us with both lines and homework, and he included us in his activities. On this set, when we went to school, it was so much like the schoolhouse you saw on the show. All the kids together, in different grades, but working side by side, playing outside during breaks, passing notes when the teacher wasn't looking! It was as normal as a school set could be, and I have only very happy memories of day to day life on the set of Little House.
Missy Francis: I remember vividly the day I went to audition for Little House on the Prairie. I had been on hundreds of auditions, even though I was only seven. To me, this was just like any other audition, except Michael Landon was there! He was warm and friendly, but it was startling to see him in modern clothes! I read the scenes with him, and even at such a young age, I felt a connection and knew that he would pick me. I don't think I really understood how much that would change my life.