Facts Of Life was a spin-off of Diff’rent Strokes and was one of the longest-running sitcoms of the 80s. The show lasted for nine seasons. The show centered around Charlotte Rae’s character of Mrs. Garrett who was the housemother of the fictional Eastland School, an all-girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. The girls in her care included spoiled rich girl Blair Warner (Lisa Whelchel); the youngest, gossipy Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey (Kim Fields), the Tomboyish Jo Polniaczek (Nancy McKeon), and impressionable Natalie Green (Mindy Cohn). In 2019 “You Light Up My Christmas”, was released, which was a movie starring Facts of Life cast members from the show.
So Where Are They Now?…
Lisa Whelchel – (Blair Warner)
Lisa Welchel was a Mouseketeer on The New Mickey Mouse Club when she was 12. In 1984 Welchel released a contemporary Christian album called “All Because Of You” and was nominated for a Grammy for her performance. She is a regular speaker at Women of Faith Christian conferences. In 2012, Lisa Whelchel was a contestant on the CBS competitive reality series Survivor: Philippines and tied for second place on the show. In 2013 she appeared the movie “A Madea Christmas”. Lisa has written numerous books and has been a Gold Medallion nominee for her writing.
Visit the Official Lisa Whelchel website at https://lisawhelchel.com/
Kim Fields – (Tootie Ramsey)
Before The Facts Of Life began, Kim Fields had appeared on the tv show Good Times as a friend of Janet Jackson’s Character. Penny. Fields’ character of Tootie had the catchphrase “We’re in troouu-ble!” After the Facts Of Life ended, Fields starred as Regine Hunter on the Fox sitcom Living Single (1993–1998). Kim Fields went into directing and was the director for many shows like Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, and BET’s Let’s Stay Together. She appeared on season 22 of Dancing With The Stars. Kim Fields is currently on the tv show The Upshaws as the character of Regina Upshaw.
Visit Kim Fields at her official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kimfieldsofficial
Mindy Cohn – (Natalie Green)
The character of Natalie Green also appeared in two episodes of Diff’rent Strokes. In 1984 she had a lead role as the daughter of Stockard Channing in “Table Settings”. In 1986, she appeared in the movie “The Boy Who Could Fly”. In 2007 she appeared in the movie Sex and Death 101. She is also famous for being the voice of Velma on The Scooby-Doo franchise from 2002 to 2015 and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her performance in 2003. Mindy Cohn is a breast cancer survivor. Cohn is also a strong supporter of the LGBT community. Recently she made an appearance in the romantic comedy “A Nice Girl Like You”. She is currently providing the voiceover for HGTV’s Best. Pool. Ever.
Visit Mindy Cohn at her official Twitter page: https://twitter.com/MindyCohn
Nancy McKeon – (Jo Polniaczek)
Nancy McKeon was the sister of actor Philip McKeon who had starred as Tommy on the tv show Alice. After The Facts Of Life, McKeon auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends, which eventually went to Courtney Cox. McKeon played Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division for 3 seasons. She also had a recurring role in the Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance as the mother of Demi Lovato’s character. She appeared on season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. She has also performed as a voice actress in various animated shows over the years.
Visit Nancy McKeon at her official Twitter page: https://twitter.com/NMcKeonOfficial
Charlotte Rae – (Edna Garrett)
Charlotte Rae played the role of Edna Garrett, the housekeeper for the Drummond household for the first season of the show Diff’rent Strokes. Rae proposed the idea for a spin-off show starring Mrs. Garrett as a housemother for girls at a private school which became known as “The Facts Of Life” and it became her biggest role. She appeared on The Facts Of Life from 1979 through 1986. Charlotte Rae continued to make guest appearances on various tv shows through 2014. Charlotte Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 91 and died on August 5, 2018. She was 92 years old.
George Clooney – (George Burnett)
George Clooney appeared in 17 episodes of “The Facts Of Life” from 1985–1987. Clooney continued acting afterward in various roles including shows like “Roseanne”, and “Sisters”, and hit the big time with the starring role in the TV show ER. In the 1980s he appeared in several low-budget films including “Return to Horror High” (1987), “Combat Academy” (1987 television movie), and “Return of the Killer Tomatoes” (1988). Of course, Clooney went on to become one of Hollywood’s leading movie stars and is now one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.
Molly Ringwald – (Molly Parker)
Molly Ringwald was cast in her first major role on The Facts Of Life as the character Molly Parker after a casting director saw her performance in a stage performance of “Annie”. She appeared in the first two seasons before the show re-worked the cast and she was let go at that time. She made her feature film debut in 1982 in the movie “Tempest”. She starred in Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone in 1983 and then went on to appear in several high-profile John Hughes movies including “Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty In Pink” which propelled her to superstardom. She has recently appeared on the series “Riverdale” as well as starring in “The Kissing Booth” movies.
Visit Molly Ringwald at her official website: https://iammollyringwald.com/