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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 20 May 1966Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameMelinda Heather Cohn

Mini Bio (1)

Mindy Cohn was born on May 20, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Melinda Heather Cohn. She is an actress, known for The Facts of Life (1979), Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010) and Sex and Death 101 (2007).

Trade Mark (3)

Deep sultry voice.
Natural brown hair.
Voluptuous figure

Trivia (12)

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".
Was parodied in the TV show Clerks (2000).
Continues to look for acting work and turns down all the VH1 reality shows (Celebrity Fit Club (2005), etc.) because she doesn't want to cash in on her early The Facts of Life (1979) fame.
Was among the guests at Justine Bateman's 17th birthday party.
Keeps in touch with her The Facts of Life (1979) co-star Kim Fields.
Is good friends with Angelina Jolie's brother James Haven, and is even the godmother of two of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's children.
Best known by the public for her role as Natalie Green on The Facts of Life (1979).
Has a long association with Charlotte Rae.
Acting mentor was Charlotte Rae.

Personal Quotes (9)

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 The Facts of Life (1979) 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 really wanted to make sure that "Mrs. Garrett", there was a reason for "Mrs. Garrett" to leave Diff'rent Strokes (1978), 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 (1979).
[Dispelling a rumor that Molly Ringwald was mistreated on The Facts of Life (1979)] I'll answer that because Molly and I are actually working together again on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008). So no! That first year was very hard for a lot of girls who were cast and didn't become regulars. I think for a 22-minute sitcom to try and give 8 girls at the time, plus Charlotte Rae, plus two other adults lines, I think there was a sense of "What am I doing here?" And Molly had just come off a run on "Annie" on Broadway, and she was on her way up. She'll be the first to tell you that getting off the "Facts of Life" was the best thing that ever happened to her career. I didn't hear that rumor, and I don't think that's her experience.

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