logo
Getty Images
Getty Images

'The Facts of Life': the Cast of This Legendary Sitcom Then and Now

Pedro Marrero
Aug 30, 2019
09:12 A.M.

It has been forty years since "The Facts of Life" went on air, but the beloved characters who gave their fans a lot of moments to shed some tears or laugh out loud are still being remembered.

Advertisement

The show follows the lives of a housekeeper, Mrs. Edna Garrett, and a group of school girls showing the different situations they go through and how Mrs. Garrett addresses and takes care of them.

This group of girls was on screen for almost a decade, (the respectable amount of 210 episodes) showing the audience their stories as they matured from girls to young women. A group of talented actresses who then and now have excelled in what they do.

Advertisement

CHARLOTTE RAE

She played Mrs. Edna Garrett the caretaker and housekeeper of the girls at the prestigious Eastland Prep School in Peekskill, New York. During the nine seasons of the series, she had four girls under her care except for the first season when they were just seven. With her calm, reasonable, and kind temperament, she also exerted her role as an educator when necessary.

Rae received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Mrs. Edna Garrett, and after the show was over she appeared on multiple TV shows and movies. You can name "Girls meet World", "Pretty Little Liars" and "Richy and the Flash" with Meryl Streep.

Advertisement

She worked as a dubbing actress in "The Brothers Flub," and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." Unfortunately, Charlotte died aged 92 in 2018 at her home due to health complications from various diseases. In 2015, she published her autobiography "The Facts of My Life".

KIM FIELDS

Dorothy Ramsey, better known as Tootie, is one of the most beloved characters in the series, played by Fields, who was only 10 years old when she started playing the role. It's funny that Fields had to be on skates to look taller since her character was supposed to be older than her real age.

Throughout her interpretation, Tootie had to face several challenges such as racial discrimination, prejudice, inappropriate behavior, however her character is one of those that remained from the beginning of the series in 1979 until its cancellation in 1988. After the end of "Facts of Life," Kim spent five years in the series "Living Single" from 1993 to 1998.

Advertisement

Both Kim's mom and sister are actresses, so talent comes from family. She has participated in all the cast meetings and reunions and has directed several Nickelodeon shows.

Kim Fields l Photo: Getty Images

Kim Fields l Photo: Getty Images

She also participated in "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Dancing with the Stars". Kim is married to Christopher Morgan and together they have two children, Sebastian, 11, and Quincy, 5.

MOLLY RINGWALD

She played the role of Molly Parker during the first season and then her character was removed from the series when the producers decided to keep just four of the seven main characters.

Molly Rigwald. I Image: Getty Images.

Molly Rigwald. I Image: Getty Images.

Advertisement

However, that did not leave Ringwald off the screen as the show's exit was beneficial for her career. She participated in many of the hits from the 80s like "Sixteen Candles", "The Breakfast Club", and "Pretty in Pink".

To date, Molly is still a very busy actress both on television and in movies. She recently participated in "Bad Night and King Cobra" and appeared in series such as "Raising Expectations" and "Riverdale".

LISA WHELCHEL

Lisa played only for the first season the fashionable Blair Warner, a 14-year-old girl who always had a brilliant idea after another. She began as a teenage rebel who did what she wanted without thinking about the consequences.

Whelchel produced a Christian music album that earned her a Grammy nomination. She currently works as a motivational speaker and a few years ago participated in the reality show “Survivor: Philippines”, reaching second place in the competition. She was married between 1988-2012 and has three children.

Advertisement

NANCY MCKEON

After the second season, the departure of some characters also resulted in the entry of others such as Joanna Marie "Jo" Polniaczek, becoming a fundamental part of the group. She was the typical troublemaker that always said what she thought without fear.

Nancy McKeon l Photo: Getty Images

Nancy McKeon l Photo: Getty Images

After "Facts of Life", she worked as Inspector Jinny Exstead in the TV series "The Division." She has participated in a long list of productions such as "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story", "The Wrong Woman", and "Comfort and Joy". She also works in Disney productions such as "Sonny with a Chance", where she plays Demi Lovato's mother.

McKeon has been married to Marc Andrus since 2003 and they have two daughters.

Advertisement

MINDY COHN

Cohn is remembered for her interpretation of the student Natalie Green, a cheerful 13-year-old girl who is very sure of herself, who modeled an excellent role and a powerful message to the young women who saw the show at that time. Mindy is known also for being Velma's voice in Scooby-Doo cartoons.

Mindy Cohn l Photo: Getty Images

Mindy Cohn l Photo: Getty Images

In 2017, she retired from the world of acting to devote herself to take care of her health since she had been secretly struggling with breast cancer for five years. Today she has returned to acting because she still has a lot to offer. Now at 53, Cohn has a degree in cultural anthropology and has participated in TV series such as "Dream on" and "Bones."

MACKENZIE ASTIN

Advertisement

At only 12 years old, Mackenzie played Andy Moffett from 1985 to 1988. His character was a child with an unstable family and had lived in foster homes. During the series, the character has Beverly Ann as a mother figure.

Mackenzie Astin. I Image: Getty Images.

Mackenzie Astin. I Image: Getty Images.

After leaving the show and growing up, Astin has participated in several TV series such as "Psych", "Lost", "NCIS", "Scandal", "Grey’s Anatomy" and "House".

He has also successfully ventured into the big screen with films such as "Wyatt Earp", "The Evening Star" with Shirley MacLaine and "The Last Days of Disco." She has also worked as director of the Theater Program at John Hopkins University.

GEORGE CLOONEY

Advertisement

George entered the show in season 7 and was until 8 (17 episodes) as the adorable and friendly handyman George Burnett. This role was long before he became the megastar of Hollywood, but his fans love that his beginnings were with this character who even shared a brief kiss on screen with Blair.

George Clooney l Photo: Getty Images

George Clooney l Photo: Getty Images

After the end of the show, he worked as Dr. Doug Ross on “ER” and became famous.

To talk about George Clooney today, in addition to being declared the sexiest man alive, is to talk about “Ocean Eleven” and its sequels: “Syriana” that earned him an Academy Award, “Michael Clayton”, “Burn After Reading ”,“ Gravity” and “Money Monster.” He has stood out not only as an actor but as director and producer of the films in which he participates.

For the show's producers, the end of the first season involved making a series of difficult decisions, such as firing three of the girls. The remaining girls didn't find out that they had fired their partners until they showed up for work the first week of the second season and it was a shock for everyone.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

This Woman Won the Heart of a Hollywood Actor – He Sacrificed His Career to Be There for Her & Their 5 Kids

May 03, 2024

5 Forgotten Teen Idols – Inside the Lives of Celebrities Now Far from the Spotlight

May 05, 2024

Molly Ringwald Is ‘Just Ageless’ Rocking Fitted Red Dress & Mullet Hairstyle at the 2023 CFDA Awards

November 07, 2023

Gia Olimp Is Anthony Carrigan's Wife Whom He Met on the Subway by Chance

December 06, 2023

Nobody Knows Elderly Woman Had Been Living in Her Car For Years Until Neighbor Finds Out — Story of the Day

March 01, 2024

Gina Kimmel Is a Costume Designer & Jimmy Kimmel’s Ex-wife

December 02, 2023

‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ Stars Joe Lando & Jane Seymour Come Together for New Snap & Fans React

December 21, 2023

'All in the Family' Star Sally Struthers Reveals How Her Life 'Turned Upside Down' after Starring on the Show

February 05, 2024

Matthew Perry Refused to Cheat On TV Girlfriend Courteney Cox – Inside Their Real-Life Relationship

November 07, 2023

Lawrencia Palmer Is Keke Palmer’s Younger Sister with a Twin Brother

December 20, 2023

Adrian Holmes' Wife Is Also in the Entertainment Industry and the Love of His Life

November 21, 2023

How This Boy Skyrocketed from Living in 13 Different Foster Homes in 7 Years to First Oscar Nomination

January 22, 2024

Jill Diven: Inside Her Relationship with Her Ex-husband Brad Garrett

December 08, 2023

Terri Garr Disappeared from Hollywood — For More than 20 Years She Has Struggled with Diagnosis

December 18, 2023