Mindy Heather Cohn (born May 20, 1966) is an American actress and comedian. She is known for her role as Natalie Green, the smart student of Edna Garrett (played by Charlotte Rae), on the TV show The Facts of Life, and also being the current voice for Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo franchise, which she has held since 2002. She currently resides in Beverly Hills.
Graduated from Loyola Marymount in 1995 with a degree in sociology.
Actress Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett) discovered Cohn and also named her character Natalie on The Facts of Life (1979). Rae met Cohn after she and the show's producers noticed her entertaining a group of friends at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, where they had gone to research and observe.
Member of the board of directors of weSPARK, a cancer survivor organization founded by actress Wendie Jo Sperber.
Ranked #43 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars".
Right now, I'm an unemployed actor. My dream is to do eight shows a week [on stage], but I can't do that and financially take care of myself in the way I've become accustomed.
[on herself being overshadowed by her Natalie Green character]: It's a catch-22, I get the 'Where have you been? We want to see more of you' comments and I also understand from a producer's point of view, 'We don't want Natalie in our movie.'
[on her "Facts of Life" co-star, who was fired after the first season]: Felice Schachter is my soul sister. Felice and I became incredibly close, very quickly, very same sensibility. She just felt like family. I think Felice got a bum deal.
Ultimately, I want people to be able to see me, that I'm an actor. Sometimes people see me with whatever label, and I've not yet been able to show what I can do. That's the exciting part. I still have the tenacity and the hunger, and my patience is going to pay off. My motto in life is 'The best is yet to come'.
[Who admitted that in one aspect she was similar to her Natalie Green character]: Anything that takes more than 20 minutes? No can do.
[on the impending departure of Charlotte Rae, who played Edna Garrett, from 1978-1986 on both Diff'rent Strokes (1978) and The Facts of Life (1979), which was a spin-off]: One of the reasons she left was that this show is really started to focused on the girls, the pull of the show started to be different of her. She sorta felt like 'I'm done!'
[on her latter on- and off-screen chemistry with Charlotte Rae, who played Edna Garrett]: I was discovered by Charlotte Rae and the producer at the time, Norman Lear, came to the school that I was attending, Westlake School For Girls, to try and authenticate the scripts and try to get a feel of what it was like to be - in an all-girls school, and Charlotte was really wanted to make sure that 'Mrs. Garrett,' there was a reason for 'Mrs. Garrett' to leave 'Diff'rent Strokes,' which was the show she started on, and go to this all-girls school, for a reason. So , they were trying to figure that out, so I was one of the students they talked to and she and I hit it off ... I guess, extremely well, as a 13-year-old. I don't really know what that means to hit it off with someone.
[Of Charlotte Rae]: More than anything else, my heart just is open to celebrating Charlotte Rae, and the amazing career that she has had, which gratefully included 9 years of 'The Facts of Life.'