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Melissa Fisher was born to Joe and Bonnie Fisher in Great Falls, Montana, one year after her elder sister, Tracey. In 1973, after her mother's remarriage to Harry Goldstein, both Missy and Tracey were legally adopted by their stepfather and became known as Tracey and Melissa Goldstein. Missy and Tracey as well as two other siblings born to their mother and new father, Brandy and Jessie, subsequently shortened their family name to Gold for their professional use.
Her acting siblings include older sister Tracey (best known as Carol on Growing Pains), younger sister Brandy Gold (best known as Alexis on St. Elsewhere) and Jessie Gold, who has had a variety of guest spots. The youngest sister Cassie is the only non-acting member of the siblings.
She appeared on Eight is Enough, Fantasy Island, Nancy Drew, and Trapper John, M.D. and earned a degree of fame playing Katie Gatling on Benson, where she won an award for best young actress in a comedy series in 1984 before leaving the business.
She pursued her education at Georgetown University and then earned her Ph.D. from California School of Professional Psychology. Now known as Dr. Melissa Gold, she resides in Maine where she is a practicing psychologist.