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(1979–1988)

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'Felice Schacter' was the first of the girls cast for the series. She was also the first to be let go when the cast was streamlined for the second season.
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Mindy Cohn wasn't an auditionee for the show. When the producers visited a girls' school to see how the girls interacted, she was a social magnet just being herself, and they created Natalie based on Cohn. She was then tested in the role.
Kim Fields was only nine years old when she started playing Tootie, who was supposed to be twelve. In an effort to make her appear taller (and older) her character was always in roller skates for the first year of the show.
When she left after the seventh season, Charlotte Rae recommended Cloris Leachman to replace her. Rae and Leachman were classmates at Northwestern University and were roommates when they were young struggling actors in New York City.
The character Jo was suggested by then-NBC Chief Fred Silverman after he had seen the film "Little Darlings". He felt a streetwise scholarship student would contrast well, and add conflict, against the rich, spoiled Blair character.
During the final season, producers made a controversial decision to shake things up by having one of the girls lose their virginity. Initially Blair was to be the character, but Lisa Whelchel protested it as the idea went against her deep-seated Christian beliefs. Whelchel further explained she didn't want her character to be seen as such an improper role model for the show's young viewers. Mindy volunteered to have her character lose her virginity instead because writers felt it was time for one of the characters to experience this and Natalie was in a long term relationship so Mindy felt it made sense for it to be her and the writers agreed.
The role of Tootie was not specifically written for a black actress. Kim Fields was simply the only African-American to audition.
Tootie's Mother was played by Kim Fields's real life Mother, Chip Fields.
Originally, the premise of the series was that Edna Garrett, the housekeeper on Diff'rent Strokes (1978), became the headmistress at the school that Kimberly Drummond (Dana Plato) attended. But after the pilot episode, the producers decided to keep Plato on Diff'rent Strokes (1978) and there was never any mention of Kimberly being a student at Eastland again.
Midway throughout the sixth and seventh seasons, Charlotte Rae had missed several episodes due to her health problems. This led her leaving the show at the end of the seventh season, although she did make two more guest appearances at the beginning of the eighth season.
For the second season, the entire concept and plot of the show was changed from a large boarding house of several young girls, to a tighter knit group of older adolescent women. This was done since the producers felt that a plot change from comic relief to serious adult issues would help boost ratings. The cast of girls was reduced to only four, including the new character of "Jo".
Eastland was located in the Westchester County town of Peekskill, New York, which is located roughly forty miles north of Manhattan. With a commute of less than forty five minutes to Manhattan, this explains the relative ease in which Manhattanite Blair and Bronx-born Jo are able to go home as often as they do, and also helps to explain the continuous interaction between the Drummond family and Mrs. Garrett after her departure from their household.
During the last season, David Spade was in an episode that was supposed to be turned into a spin-off series called "Big Apple Blues" about college roommates living in New York City, but it never materialized.
The series core cast from 1980-1986 was Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, and Nancy McKeon. Fans saw all five of them reunited together for the first time in 25 years in 2011, when they appeared at the TV Land Awards to accept the Pop Culture Award.
Nancy McKeon joined the cast in the second season by proving that she could not only act tough enough to play Jo - but also cry on cue.
During the course of the show it was revealed that Mrs. Garrett and Beverly Ann hailed from Appleton, Wisconsin; Blair and Natalie hailed from Manhattan; Jo hailed from the Bronx, and Tootie from Washington D.C.
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Julie Piekarski who played Sue Ann Weaver and Lisa Whelchel who played Blair Warner were Mouseketeers together before starring on the show. They both were featured in The New Mickey Mouse Club (1977) along with Molly Ringwald who also starred in the first season of The Facts of Life (1979) as Molly Parker.
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Longest running show to feature an all female lead cast (although there were several recurring male characters, and John Lawlor was a regular during the first season).
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Even though Kimberly Drummond never ended up at Eastland like the original plot of the series had planned, the show still was connected to the "Different Strokes" universe with Mr. Drummond and Arnold making a few guest appearances. In addition, some of the Facts Of Life characters, mostly Tootie, made crossover appearances on Diff'rent Strokes in which they were seen visiting Kimberly.
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During the 9 year run of the series the producers made multiple attempts to Spin Off "The Facts of Life" by producing 6 Back-Door Pilots that were to serve as possible pilots for a new series. In chronological order the episodes are "Brian and Sylvia" "The Academy" "Jo's Cousin" "The Big Fight" "Big Apple Blues" and the Two part series finale "The Beginning of the End" and "The Beginning of the Beginning" In the end none of these attempts was successful.
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In the first season, there were seven students in the main cast. After the first season, the producers decided to drop four characters from the main cast: Molly Parker (Molly Ringwald), Cindy Webster (Julie Anne Haddock), Sue Ann Weaver (Julie Piekarski) and Nancy Olson (Felice Schachter). But Haddock, Piekarski, and Schacter continued to appear occasionally until the third season.
Blair was initially portrayed as the "bad girl" of the series. When the show was retooled for the second season and Nancy McKeon joined the cast, Jo took over the "bad girl" persona. At the same time, Blair was transitioned into her more familiar vain, spoiled rich girl image.
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The character of Blair, was originally conceived as a down-home charming Texas girl. However, during her audition for the role Lisa Whelchel read several of Blair's lines sarcastically. Producers were so impressed by Whelchel's audition that they re-wrote the character to be that of a self-involved New York blue blooded socialite.
The opening theme song was performed by Charlotte Rae during the first season. She later appeared on Alan Thicke's talk show "Thicke of the Night", where she performed the song - and forgot the words.
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Edna and Beverly Ann were from Appleton, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is Charlotte Rae's native state, in real life.
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Edna and Beverly Ann were sisters on the show. In real life, Charlotte Rae is older than Cloris Leachman by only 8 days.
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In an episode, Blair admits that she's an atheist due to her parents' divorce. In real life, Lisa Whelchel is a devoted Christian.
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Blair's Parents were played by Actors who had longtime Soap Opera Careers, Nicholas Coster and Marj Dussay. In addition, Jo's Mother was played by Claire Malis Callaway, also a veteran Soap Actress.
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Over the course of the series, Eastland was shown having four Headmasters, Mr. Bradley, Mr. Harris, Mr. Parker and in the final episode, Blair. In addition, the Diff'rent Strokes episode which served as a Pilot for the series featured a Headmaster named Mr. Crocker.
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When Diff'rent Strokes became an instant hit, it was also at the time one of NBC's few viable series. As a result,Fred Silverman believed that the network could capitalize from a Diff'rent Strokes spin off. It was ultimately determined that Charlotte Rae had the proper ability and experience to be able to carry her own series. In addition, it was felt that since Mrs. Garret wasn't central to Diff'rent Strokes her departure wouldn't negatively effect the series.
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Originally the school was to be called Eastlake Academy, a take on the name of Westlake Academy, a LA area school that was said to be the inspiration for the show. The Eastlake name was used in the Diff'rent Strokes episode which introduced the series.
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The girls made frequent topical references on the show, name-checking celebrities and mentioning different current and historical events in a humorous context. These came from the writers; cast members often didn't actually know who or what their lines were about, or what made them funny. Years later, Mindy Cohn discussed watching reruns, and laughing all the harder because now she understood the jokes.
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The dorm set from season 1 was recycled from the short-lived series Co-ed Fever, which was canceled after one telecast in 1979.
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In early episodes Natalie and Blair had to tape down their developing chests so their appearance remained that of adolescents. As the actress who played Blair stated during an interview " the facts of life were not allowed on the facts of life"
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In one episode, George (George Clooney) reads through the winners of Academy Awards, and says that Dune (1984) won for "best use of sand." Clooney's uncle, José Ferrer, appeared in Dune.
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Jo's name was inspired by the protagonist of Little Women.
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Geri Jewell was the first actress on television with a physical handicap, being afflicted with cerebral palsy.
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After The Facts of Life, Kim Fields starred in another sitcom about 4 young women living together, growing up and getting through life together called Living Single. She played Regine, the primadonna-ish one (cut from the same cloth as Blair Warner.) In one episode she tells another woman visiting the apartment that she looks familiar, and asks her what school did she go to. The woman says "Eastland." Then Kim/Regine smiles, looks directly into the camera and says "Never heard of it!"
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NBC had made plans for a tenth season, but Mindy Cohn and Nancy McKeon decided that they did not want to continue after the ninth season.
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Lisa was sent to a fat farm during a couple of the hiatuses, because as the "pretty one" she was seen as getting too fat. Conversely, Mindy Cohn was told she was getting too thin, because she was the "fat one", so they forced her to wear baggy clothing.
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George Clooney would go on to a appear in Roseanne as Fisher, Roseanne's boss and Laurie Metcalf's bofriend, a year after he was fired from Facts of Life. After that it was ER, and then the movies, and then A-List stardom.
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Charlotte Rae was from Appleton Wisconsin just like her character.
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According to the recent Entertainment Weekly article on The Facts of Life there was at one point an anti-gay joke in the script, where one of the male characters was slammed for being effeminate. But Charlotte Rae vetoed the joke, saying "we do not make fun of people's sexuality on this show".
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Edna Garrett on Campus is the only episode where we get to hear Mrs Garrett's (or anyone else's) thoughts.
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"The First Time" episode, which featured a storyline having one of the girls lose her virginity, was supposed to happen in one of the earlier seasons, two or three, and it was supposed to focus on Blair, not Natalie. Lisa Welchel vetoed the idea, due to her strong Christian beliefs, and the idea was tabled for a few years anyway, till the last season when the producers brought up the idea again. Lisa Welchel again refused; but this time Mindy Cohn jumped in and said her character could be the one that loses her virginity. Then Welchel famously boycotted the episode, saying it was sending the wrong message to the young girl audience; although ironically she did appear in episodes where the girls experimented with drugs, drinking and shoplifting.
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When discussing "The First Time" episode Mindy Cohn has criticized Lisa Welchel for boycotting the episode and her inability to separate her personal beliefs from her professional role as an actor.
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Geri Reischel, best known as "Fake Jan", was offered the role of Blair but couldn't take the role due to her contract with General Mills. Eve Plumb (the real Jan Brady) appeared as Blair's step-sister, Meg, in season 4.
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Jo was the only of the girls not to make any crossover appearances on parent series Diff'rent Strokes.
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There were two catchphrase from the series: One was Tootie's "we are in trouble!" Also Blair's "I just had another one of my brilliant ideas!"
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Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Anne, was named after Charlotte Rae's real sister.
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Geri Jewell claimed Charlotte Rae was standoffish and rude to her during the production due to Rae's discomfort with her cerebral palsy. Rae denies this, however.
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The Facts of Life has featured 3 Academy Award winners for acting: Cloris Leachman, Helen Hunt and George Clooney.
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Actor Thomas Byrd played two different characters on episodes of Facts of Life. Both of these characters were boyfriends of Blair, coincidently enough. In "Different Drummers" he played Leo, a mentally handicapped musician that befriends Blair. In "With a Little Help From My Friends" he played Nick, a drug addict that is dating Blair.
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When the show failed to crack the top 30 in the first season all the writers were fired and Linda Marsh and Margie Peters took over.
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The Diff'rent Strokes gang pay Mrs. Garrett a visit in the pilot episode "Rough Housing". As they're leaving, Mr. Drummond asks Mrs. Garrett, "This house mothering thing. It isn't permanent, is it?" "Oh no!" she says. "I'll be back! I promise!" As we all know Mrs. Garrett doesn't keep that promise because she never does return to the Drummonds.
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During season 7 in the opening credits, there are 2 different types of fonts used. Half of the cast credits appear in a Cambria font and the other half appear in a Rockwell typeface
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Larry Wilmore, host of " The Nightly Show", appeared on "The Facts Of Life" as a local policeman, Officer Ziakus, in both the "Small But Dangerous" episode, and the "Store Games" episode.
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80s rock star Stacey Q made two appearances on "Facts of Life".
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Nancy McKeon appeared in a Hallmark commercial where she had to cry on cue in 1979-1980 when producers spotted her. The producers were retooling the show at this point and NBC Chairman Fred Silverman who had just seen the summer hit "Little Darlings" had suggested finding a Kristy McNichol type to round out the new cast, when the casting director spotted Nancy. It was at this point they decided to cast her as Jo.
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"The Interview Show" is the only episode without a laugh track
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All the cast members sang a song on the show. They all performed numbers in "Christmas in the Big House", and Natalie and Tootie both sang "Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair" from South Pacific in "Green Eyed Monster". The only one who didn't do a musical number was Mrs. G/Charlotte Rae, but she did sing the theme song in Season 1.
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Tootie wore roller skates for the whole first season. She wore them inside, outside, walking up and down the stairs, even riding a horse in a flash flood in one episode. When she showed up for season 2 for the first episode "The New Girl ", she wasn't wearing roller skates, and no one said a word! They never mentioned her skates again except once, 6 years later, in the "Little Chill" reunion episode when one of the girls suggested bringing them out for old times sake.
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There were a few Facts of Life/Diff'rent Strokes crossover events: The last one was in 1981 when Todd Bridges/Willis visited Eastland in the "Bought and Sold" episode.
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Diff'rent Strokes/Facts of Life Crossover episodes: "Rough Housing" , "School for Girls", " New Girl Part I," "New Girl Part 2", " The Sleep Over", "Bought and Sold" and "The Bank Job"
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George Clooney was fired from the show in the eighth season after the "A Star Is Torn" episode.
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The two cast members who got fired from this show, Molly Ringwald and George Clooney, became the two biggest stars from the show; Ringwald would grace the cover of Time, and Clooney won an Oscar.
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Originally this was going to be called "Garrett's Girls" and it was going to be a female version of "Welcome Back Kotter"
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Pamela Segall, (Kelly), plays a character who's much younger than the other girls. But in real life she's the same age as Nancy McKeon and Mindy Cohn and she's actually 3 years older than Kim Fields.
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Pamela Adlon (Kelly) starred in Grease 2 during the same time she starred as a regular (Kelly Affinado) on The Facts of Life.
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The other Facts of Life alum to star in a John Hughes movie, besides Molly Ringwald, who starred in Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink after doing one season of Facts of Life, was Alexis Kenin, who played Jesse on the " New York New York" episode, and then later starred in Pretty in Pink with Molly Ringwald, where she played one of Molly's friends.
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Continuing the Facts of Life/ John Hughes connections, after Molly Ringwald and Alexis Kennin who both starred on Facts of Life and Pretty In Pink, is Jami Gertz, who played Boots St. Clair, a recurring character on the Facts of Life in 1983 and 1984, and then in 1984 starred in Sixteen Candles with Facts of Life alumn Molly Ringwald.
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Mackenzie Astin , who played Andy Moffett, and was Patty Duke and John Astin's son and Sean Astin's brother, would later come out as a bisexual after the show wrapped.
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Kelly was brought in because the writers wanted to "soften" Jo, make her more mainstream and feminine; but they still wanted a tough confrontational outsider to shake things up.
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Kim Darby of "True Grit" fame and "Don't be Afraid of the Dark" plays Mrs. Garrett's daughter-in-law in the "Joint Custody" episode.
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In an interview with Dish Nation Kim Fields says she was close friends with Janet Jackson when she was a kid, starring on Facts of Life. She said she, Michael and Janet all went to Disneyworld together during that period, and it was one of the highlights of her life.
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"The New Girl" , the episode where Jo and Blair finagle their way into a bar, with fast talking and phony I.d.s, because of a bet over who can allure the most men, was inspired by the hit movie "Little Darlings", which had just come out a couple months before this episode aired and was a big hit. NBC programming chairman Fred Silverman had even suggested hiring a Kristy McNichol type to round out the revamped cast, which is why Nancy McKeon was there.
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At one point on the TV show "Roseanne" the Connor family is sitting around watching "The Facts of Life" and Dan says "You know, this show was really the 80s version of 'Friends' if you think about it! " That comment is particularly ironic since both Lisa Welchel and Nancy McKeon were both seriously being considered for roles on 'Friends' ! (Nancy was up for Monica and Lisa was up for Rachel!) This is also ironic because George Clooney would star on both Facts of Life and Roseanne!
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Both George Clooney and Mackenzie Astin are children of famous people: George is the nephew of Rosemary Clooney, the famous singer, and Mackenzie is the son of Oscar winning actress Patty Duke and TV actor John Astin.
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Julie Anne Haddock who played Cindy for the first couple seasons also played the leader of the Silver Slippers on the Gimme a Break episode "Julie's Rejection".
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Nancy McKeon admits the male characters (Andy, George, Mr. Bradley) were not used very well on the show since the show is so female-centric.
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Jenny O'Hara who played Eastland teacher Emily Mahoney during the first season was fired after just a couple episodes.
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Charlotte Rae said John Lawlor was her best friend on the set.
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During the first season there was always clapping at the end of the first segment. This was the format for all Norman Lear sitcoms, where the first segment was treated like the first act of a play; the clapping was supposed to signify the end of that first act. Then, as with all his other sitcoms in 1980, Lear changed his format, and they stopped adding pre-recorded clapping at the end of each segment. You can see the change in format on all his shows that season, Archie Bunkers Place, The Jeffersons, Different Strokes, and One Day at a Time.
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Here's the rarely seen or heard second verse to the Facts of Life theme song, which can be found on Gloria Loring's LP "Shot in the Dark": When there's someone that you care about, Who really isn't there enough to slow you up, When you're growing up. When you let him flirt and then you hurt, waiting 'cause your date is late for showing up, then you're growing up! Well it's more than just the birds and the bees, you need someone telling you please! There's only one conclusion There will always be confusion over you! You-hoo-hoo-hoo! It takes a lot to get 'em right, when you're learning the facts of life!
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Thomas F Wilson, who plays Randall Lipenkott in the "All Or Nothing" episode, also plays Biff in the "Back To the Future" series.
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In Big Fish Little Fish Jo and Blair do a ventriloquist act at the party. In real life Lisa Welchel did have a ventriloquist act before she signed on to Facts of Life. She sang We Go Together from Grease with a dummy and appeared on many talk shows circa 1977. Clips of this can be seen on YouTube.
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In 3x2x1 Mrs. Garrett calls Tootie Natalie by mistake.
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The character of Natalie was named after a childhood friend of Rae's.
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In a recent Huffington Post article Mindy Cohn lamented that she could not audition for Saint Elmo's Fire while she was on Facts of Life in 1985 because NBC would not let her out of her contract. She was up for Wendy Beamish, the role that went to Mare Winningham. She said she missed out on many opportunities because of Facts of Life's rigorous schedule for 9 nine years.
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Mindy Cohn met Lucille Ball when she was out to dinner with Cloris Meaghan. Miss Ball grabbed her hand and said "You and that Tootie remind me of me and Viv. You are a very funny lady Miss Cohn. You keep it up 'cuz you have a lot to offer!"
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Mindy Cohn didn't actually audition for the show. She met Charlotte Rae and the Tandem producers when they were at Westlake School for Girls doing research for the show. Charlotte met Mindy at this point, when they were talking to some of the students trying to get a feeling for boarding school life, and fell in love with her. She convinced the producers to add her into the show even though she wasn't originally one of the characters in the cast, and she told them to call her "Natalie" after an old friend of hers from childhood that Mindy reminded her of.
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Though the Facts of Life was a Norman Lear production, and though it was a popular and successful show, still the longest running program featuring an all female cast, Norman Lear never put his name on the credits, opting for the more generic "Tandem Productions," and he also never mentions it in interviews.
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It's significant Molly Ringwald did not return for the "Little Chill" reunion episode when all the other girls did. Molly was in essence fired from the show during the 1980-1981 season. She went from being a series regular during the 1979-1980 season to a reoccurring character who made only one appearance during the next season, before then vanishing all together. She has said this was "humiliating." She had the last laugh because as everyone knows she became a superstar during this period, starring in three classic John Hughes movies. In 1986, when they shot the "Little Chill" episode Molly was on the cover of Time Magazine.
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In addition to featuring 3 members of the cast who are Academy Award winners, 3 members of the Facts of Life cast were also arrested. The Diffrent Strokes kids were all arrested for criminal activities, and they all also made cameos on the Facts of Life.
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Julie Anne Haddock (Cindy) appeared in "The Great Santini" with Robert Duvall in 1979 when "The Facts of Life" was on the air.
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Julie Ann Haddock (aka Cindy) appeared on an episode of Wonder Woman, "The Girl From Islandia", where her character was being groomed to be the next Wonder Girl.
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Julie Piekarski (Sue Anne, Season 1) appeared in a bunch of Taco Bell commercials in 1985 after she left "Facts of Life".
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Mindy Cohn supplied the voice of Velma in the Scooby Doo cartoons for many years after she left "Facts Of Life".
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Both "Dope", the episode when Sue Anne experiments with drugs, and "Breaking Point", the episode when new student Cynthia kills herself, rarely get shown in reruns due to the controversial subject matter.
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The show moved from Wednesdays to the Saturday Night comedy block, so it dropped its serious issue oriented tone and became broader, more slapstick oriented, to fit in with shows like "The Golden Girls". It was at this point that Geri Jewell, who used to be a regular reoccurring character, was limited to one or two appearances, to fit in with the comedy heavy format. She was told that every time she appears it becomes a " very special episode," and they were trying to be less serious. It was at this point that she quit, because she did not want to be on only one or two episodes.
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Geri Jewell, George Clooney and Molly Ringwald all played characters named after them.
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Dan Frischman made an appearance in the "Kids Can Be So Cruel" episode. He also played Arvid for several seasons on "Head of the Class".
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Judy Garland's little sister in "Meet Me in St. Louis" was also named Tootie; she was played by Margaret O'Brien.
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Mr. Bradley's first name was Steven. For some reason there was always a male head administrator at Eastland. Maybe that was the tradition at girl's schools back in the late 70s and early 80s. Or maybe that was just a dose of patriarchy to counterbalance the burgeoning feminism and girl power on the show.
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Kim Fields starred on the sitcom "Baby I'm Back" in 1978 with "Sanford and Son" alumns Desmond Wilson and Helen Martin.
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It would have been funny if Jo and Roy wound up becoming boyfriend/girlfriend at some point, after Jo cruelly rejected Roy for so many years! She does in fact date him at one point in the "Cupid's Revenge" episode; they go to a Peekskill dance together.
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If you watch the episode "Dope" you can hear clapping in the audience after Sue Anne decides to try smoking marijuana.
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The Facts of Life episode "Legacy", where Blair learns her grandfather Carlton Blair was in the Ku Klux Klan, and has to decide if money from his estate should go to build a library at Eastland, is very similar to the Different Strokes episode "The Ancestor" where Phillip learns one of his ancestors was a slave trader, and has to decide if money from his estate should be used to build a community center.
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After all of Mr. Bradley's unprofessional and subpar teaching methods displayed in Emily Dickinson,. IQ and Running, it's no wonder he was replaced after only a year! Although the next two headmasters, Mr. Harris and Mr. Parker, weren't much better!
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Advanced Placement was the first episode Mrs. Garrett referred to Mr. Parker as Charles.
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The Facts of Life was honored at the TV Land Awards. In a speech to the audience Charlotte Rae praised the girls from the cast for "turning out straight.". Little did she realize Geri Jewell was a lesbian.
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It was nicknamed "The Fats of Life" by Joan Rivers.
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Kim Fields is actually younger than Gary Coleman even though Tootie is supposed to be older than Arnold.
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Felice Schacter was the first girl cast. The Tandem producers promised her a role after she was turned down for the Kimberly Drummond role on Different Strokes. She was also the first girl who was fired when the show was rebooted the second season.
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It's ironic that Lisa Welchel boycotted the "First Time" episode when Natalie lost her virginity, fearing this would send a bad message to the young girl audience of the show, when she did appear in episodes where Blair helped hotwire and steal the school van; where Blair engaged in underage drinking and even attended a pot party where everyone was stoned!
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Lisa Welchel appeared on the PTL Club with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in 1984 when she was still on The Facts of Life.
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At the end of "Cupid's Revenge" Natalie, after waiting all episode for her date Snake to appear, and when he finally beeps her in his car off screen at the tail end, breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience. She says "You'll just have to trust me!" to the audience that suspects that she might have made up Snake like Blair accused her of; ala Jan Brady's George Glass; or like Tootie did in the "Dear Me" episode. This is the only time someone breaks the fourth wall in the series.
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Charlotte Rae was 53 years old when the show started.
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If Mr. Bradley is this big poetry aficionado why didn't he recognize that Blair plagiarized her poem in the Emily Dickinson episode? Since Emily Dickinson is one of the most celebrated poets ever? And shouldn't the judges in the poetry have picked up on this also, before Blair and Mrs. Garret spilled the beans?
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In a recent E.T. interview Charlotte Rae said there was a scale on the set of The Facts of Life and all the girls had to weigh in every week.
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In the Rerun Show's spoof of the Facts of Life episode Shoplifting, Gary Coleman played the security guard.
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Tootie calls Blair a gem in Emily Dickinson, she says Blair's been a gem of a maid after she's blackmailed Blair into doing personal chores for her after learning Blair plagiarized her poem. Blair calls Tootie a gem in the Who am I episode when Tootie makes a dress for her.
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