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A fun fact of life: Lisa Whelchel is returning to acting. The actress, who became a household fixture starring in the classic sitcom The Facts of Life and is coming off a turn as a Survivor contestant, has joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. Whelchel boards a production that already includes Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Tika Sumpter, and Kathy Najimy. Phtos: Ho Ho Hollywood! Tinseltown's 22 Best Christmas-Themed Movies Perry is starring as Madea and is also directing, adapting his own play, and producing with Ozzie Areu and Matt Moore. Lionsgate is releasing.

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