Acting the role

Abusive stage parents demand center stage in a child’s life

Posted: April 10, 2013 at 2:58 a.m.

CHICAGO — In the late 1970s and ’80s, Melissa Francis was all over TV. She appeared in almost 100 commercials and spent two years in the cast of Little House on the Prairie. But Francis, now an anchor on the Fox Business Network, didn’t reach those heights by herself. Her mother was right behind her, pushing. And pushing hard.

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Family, Pages 34 on 04/10/2013