The Cast Of The Facts Of Life, Then And Now
One television show that seems to fly under the radar of modern viewers is The Facts Of Life. It was actually one of the longest-running sitcoms of the 1980s. Many of the cast members seem to have just disappeared though. Well, in this article, all of that changes. Do you want to see what the cast of The Facts of Life looks like today? Let's take a look!
Blaire Warner/Lisa Whelchel
In the second season of The Facts Of Life, the show was retooled into the show that everyone remembers. It was centered around five main characters. The first one was the rich girl Blair Warner, played by Lisa Whelchel.
Today, Lisa Whelchel has become a gospel singer and won a Grammy in 1984 for her album All Because Of You. She has written several books about her Christian faith and was a contestant on Survivor in 2009. She tied for second place on that show!
Tootie Ramsey/Kim Fields
The second major character of the show was Tootie Ramsey, played by Kim Fields. Tootie was the youngest character of the five major characters, and she was usually the most gossipy one too, a fact that got her into trouble quite often.
Fields has gone on to many, many different roles since the end of The Facts Of Life. She's well-remembered for turns on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and Living Single. She has also been a prolific director, and her latest project was for Tyler Perry's production group in 2020.
Natalie Green/Mindy Cohn
Natalie Green was usually the most level-headed of the five main characters on The Facts Of Life. She was played by actress Mindy Cohn. Natalie had all kinds of crazy adventures on the show and was notable for being first at a lot of different milestone events.
If Mindy Cohn's face doesn't look familiar to you these days, perhaps her voice will. She was the voice of Velma Dinkley on Scooby-Doo from 2002-2015. She's also made all sorts of guest appearances and has a new feature film coming out in 2020.
Jo Polnaiczek/Nancy McKeon
Jo Polnaiczek was actually a later addition to the cast, but she's one of the best-remembered characters. She was a "bad girl" biker who came from humble beginnings. Jo often had conflicts with Blaire since they came from such different backgrounds.
Jo was played by Nancy Mckeon. After The Facts Of Life, Nancy became known as the "Queen of Lifetime" because she was in many made-for-TV movies for that channel in the 1990s. She was most recently on a season of Dancing With The Stars.
Mrs. Garrett/Charlotte Rae
The last of the 5 main characters was Mrs. Garrett, played by Charlotte Rae. She was originally a character on Different Strokes and was later spun off onto her own show, The Facts Of Life. Mrs. Garrett was the kindly caretaker of the girls, and later owned her own shop called Edna's Edibles. She left the show at the beginning of Season 8.
Her final role was in a 2014 episode of Girl Meets World. She retired and did some voiceover work after that. Sadly, Charlotte Rae passed away in 2018. She was 92 years old when she died. The cast paid tribute to her on an episode of Good Morning America.
Beverly Ann Stickle/Cloris Leachman
Mrs. Garrett was replaced in the cast by Beverly Ann Stickle, played by Cloris Leachman. Charlotte Rae felt that the girls were growing up, and no longer needed a teacher figure. Beverly Ann was a much different character, but she was presented as Mrs. Garrett's freewheeling sister.
Before she joined the cast, Cloris Leachman was already a well-accomplished actress. She won an Oscar for her role in The Last Picture Show in 1971. She has continued acting and recently took a role on the reboot of Mad About You.
Andy Moffett/Mackenzie Astin
In the season 6 episode "Me and Eleanor", Beverly Ann adopts a son named Andy Moffett. Andy was played by Mackenzie Astin. If the last name "Astin" sounds familiar to you, it's because his father was John Astin from The Addams Family, and his brother Sean is well-known from many films, including Goonies and The Lord Of The Rings.
Mackenzie Astin has been a working actor for more than four decades now. He had recurring roles in a number of different television shows such as Scandal, The Magicians, Grey's Anatomy, and Homeland. He also has several other projects in the works!
The Facts Of Life actually started out as a very different kind of show. It had a much larger cast and was more of an ensemble comedy. Molly Ringwald played a character also named "Molly" in the very first season.
Molly Ringwald is best known for her string of roles in the 1980s films by John Hughes. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty In Pink are the most famous roles she played. Ringwald retired for a while in the 1990s but came back to play the mother on The Secret Life Of The American Teenager.
George Burnett/George Clooney
Lots of famous or future-famous people guest-starred on The Facts Of Life. The most famous was George Clooney, who was actually a regular on the show in 1985. He played George Burnett, who was a handyman that took care of the girls and appeared in 17 episodes.
Clooney's later career needs no introduction. He became one of the most famous movie stars in the world and has a new movie expected in 2020 called The Midnight Sky. Everyone has to start from somewhere, and his part on The Facts Of Life was his very first role!
Pippa McKenna/Sherrie Austin
Pippa McKenna was a character who showed up in the 9th season of The Facts Of Life. She was an Australian exchange student at Eastland Academy. She was on 15 episodes of the 9th season. Pippa was played by Sherrie Austin.
Austin has been active as a singer for more than three decades. Her latest album, called Circus Girl, was released in 2011. She has made a few more appearances in television in her native Australia, and mentors young country singers.
Meg Warner/Eve Plumb
Did you know that there was a Brady Bunch/Facts Of Life connection? Well, there was! Eve Plumb, who also played Jan Brady, appeared on The Facts of Life in two episodes playing Blair's sister Meg. It's a cool little bit of trivia!
Eve Plumb is most famous for playing Jan Brady, but she has continued to act, often trying to distance herself from her role on The Brady Bunch. She is also active as a painter and artist, as well as making guest appearances on many TV shows.
Sue Ann Weaver/Julie Piekarski
Sue Ann Weaver was one of the main characters of the first season of The Facts Of Life. She was always bragging about being the smartest kid in school and having the best grades. It's eventually revealed that she actually had the lowest IQ.
Sue Ann was played by Julie Piekarsky. She actually retired from acting after The Facts Of Life but restarted her career in 2016. She was in a new movie called The Importance Of Doubting Tom, but that has been her last credit.
Nancy Olson/Felice Schachter
Nancy Olson was another one of the main characters during the first season of The Facts Of Life. She was supposed to be the sort of "All-American Girl". She was a little bit ditzy, but it turned out that she had the highest IQ at Eastside.
Nancy Olson was played by Felice Schachter. She was originally a child model and was in the movie Zapped! with Scott Baio. She has also acted as a producer on several films and TV shows, including Law And Order: SVU.
Adam Brinkerhoff/Seth Green
The second-to-last episode of The Facts Of Life had unexpected appearances by several future stars. The character of Adam Brinkerhoff was maybe the most unexpected of all. He was played by none other than Seth Green!
Casey Clark/Paul Provenza
The character of Casey Clark was a recurring character from 1987-1988. He ran a community center and eventually starts dating Blair. When he tells her that he doesn't believe in marriage, Blair leaves him and that's the last we see of Casey.
Casey was played by Paul Provenza, who seems to have been in every show ever made. His 2005 film, The Aristocrats, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also made hundreds of television appearances!
That's the cast of The Facts Of Life! Hopefully, you learned something new, and the theme song is not stuck in your head permanently. If you liked this article, please share it with your friends. It's all about YOOOOOUUUUU! Thanks for reading!