THE FACTS OF LIFE

August 24, 1979 - May 7, 1988
NBC Situation Comedy - 209 Episodes

Cast:
Edna Garrett:   Charlotte Rae
Blair Warner:   Lisa Whelchel
Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey:   Kim Fields
Natalie Green:   Mindy Cohn
Jo Polniaczek:   Nancy McKeon
Nancy Olson:   Felice Schachter
Sue Ann Weaver:   Julie Piekarski
Steven Bradley, Headmaster:   John Lawlor
Molly Parker:   Molly Ringwald
George Burnett:   George Clooney
Mr. Charles Parker:   Roger Perry
Geri Warner:   Geri Jewell
Andy Moffet:   MacKenzie Astin
Charlie Polniaczek:   Alex Rocco
Beverly Ann Stickle:   Cloris Leachman

This spin-off from the popular NBC comedy Diff'rent
Strokes originally focused on Mrs. Garrett, who had
been the Drummonds' housekeeper prior to taking a job
as housemother at the prestigious Eastland school for
young women. Mrs. Garrett was kind and understanding,
serving as both confidante and surrogate parent to
the girls in her charge, who at the start of the
series ranged in age from 11 to 15. Blair, 15, was
wealthy, attractive, and spoiled; Nancy, 14, was
well-rounded; Sue Ann, 14, was cute and boy-crazy;
Tootie, 11, was the resident gossip; and Natalie, the
other principal student, was plump and impressionable.
The headmaster at Eastland was Mr. Bradley.

As the seasons passed, the series evolved. In 1980 Jo,
a 16-year-old street kid from the Bronx joined the
cast. In 1983 Mrs. Garrett left Eastland and opened
her own gourmet food shop in nearby Peekskill, New
York, called "Edna's Edibles". Blair and Jo (who were
now attending college) and Tootie and Natalie (still
at Eastland) moved in with her. In 1985 fire destroyed
the shop and Mrs. Garrett and the girls rebuilt it
into a completely new business, an updated version
of a 1950s malt shop called "Over Our Heads."
It was the perfect hangout for students at Langley,
and the girls were all partners. Young Andy was the
errand boy, and George the good-looking young carpenter
who helped with the rebuilding. The following year Mrs.
Garrett remarried and tearfully moved away; she was
replaced by her chatterbox sister, Beverly Ann, who
became the new "housemother" and stepmother to Andy.

By 1987-1988 the "girls" had become young women.
It was announced that this would be The Facts of Life's
last season, and each of the regulars was seen embarking
on adult life, each in her own way. Natalie, the aspiring
author, got her first taste of a writer's life in New
York City, and was also the first to lose her virginity
when she spent the night with her boyfriend Snake.
Shortly thereafter Jo, who was headed for a business
career, was married to freewheeling musician Rick.
Tootie, who was engaged to Jeff, planned to become an
actress, and enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy
of Dramatic Arts in London. But the most surprising was
wealthy Blair, by now enrolled at Langley Law School.
Watching in despair as her alma mater Eastland went
steadily downhill, she decided to do something about it.
Putting all her assets on the line, she bought the
school and assumed the position of headmistress,
planning major changes--including a coed student
body--to put Eastland back on the map.


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