‘The Facts Of Life’ Turns Forty: Where Are The Cast Members Now?


The Facts of Life was a powerful show in the ’70s and ’80s. It was a spin-off sitcom of the show Diff’rent Strokes. As The Facts of Life gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary, we are wondering what many of the cast members are up to now.

Unfortunately, Charlotte Rae, who played Edna Garrett on The Facts of Life has passed away. She died on August 5, 2018, at 92 years old. We miss her so much! The Facts of Life cast had a mini-reunion last August as they celebrated Charlotte’s life.


Is the main cast still close?

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Facts of Life Cast / NBC

The stars, mainly all girls since the show centered around an all-female boarding school, says that they were very close. They were so young, so they were more like best friends than co-workers! In fact, the four youngest cast members (Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, and Nancy McKeon) all remain close 40+ years later.


Charlotte Rae had previously stated how proud she was of the young cast before she passed. She said that none of them got into trouble. They all went on to have normal lives after the show ended and she was very proud to see them grow up. In a way, she was like a mother figure to the girls in real life!

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Facts of Life / NBC

The Facts of Life dealt with normal issues that teenagers face. It was interesting as the girls themselves were dealing with growing up as they played their characters onscreen. They said this was challenging at times. They had to deal with puberty and other awkward teenage changes. The cast says it was helpful to go through these things together and support one another.

According to The Life and Times of Hollywood, Kim Fields said, “I got to grow up with an amazing group of people, my castmates. And in hindsight, I found out I impacted generations across the globe.”

What have they been up to?

All of the main stars acted after Facts of Life, but Lisa and Nancy decided to become stay-at-home moms. Lisa is now a life coach because her kids are now all grown up. Mindy is well known for being the voice of Velma in the Scooby Doo cartoons and Kim has starred in several shows including Living Single and Living the Dream.

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#tbt 😃’my Eddie’(well… Jo’s😜!) #clarkbrandon I will always be grateful to Clark for his kindness 😊 it was my first year on FOL and this was a pretty big story line they entrusted us with…I was 14 and Clark in his early 20’s! He being talented and handsome while I felt awkward and quite a bit out of my depth, going through so many firsts for me… comedy, sit-com format, a relationship driven story line🥴! How lucky to have gotten such an amazing scene partner who was so patient… and fun!! Jo and Eddie shared a lot of laughs and tears over the years and in the end their ‘first true love story ‘ was a journey I treasure 💜#thanksfriend #gentleman #mynavyman

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Isn’t it great to know that all of The Facts of Life co-stars are still friends to this day? We miss Charlotte Rae so much, but it helps to know the other stars still act like family! If you enjoyed this article, please SHARE with your friends and family who loved The Facts of Life!

Do you remember The Facts of Life reunion movie in 2001? Watch it again below:

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