The Facts of Life sitcom debuts – Spinoff of Diff’rent Strokes (1979)
Charlotte Rae, the lovable and comical housekeeper on NBC-TV’s “Diff’rent Strokes,” brings the same characterization to “The Facts of Life” as she stars in the role of Mrs Garrett, housemother to five teenage girls at Eastlake, a college preparatory school.
In her job, colorful Edna Garrett believes all problems can be handled with common sense solutions, warmth and good-natured humor. With this philosophy in mind, she helps her charges cope with the dilemmas of growing up.
Byron Bradley (John Lawlor) is the stern headmaster of Eastlake. His philosophy is to follow the rules and there must be rules to cover every situation. Attractive Miss Mahoney (Jenny O’Hara) is a young teacher who sees the world romantically, and believes everything will come out right in the end. Due to their divergent attitudes, Mrs Garrett, Mr Bradley and Miss Mahoney seldom agree.
The five girls under their care are Blair, Sue Ann, Nancy, Molly and Tootie. Blair (Lisa Whelchel), 15, is beautiful, rich, spoiled and snobbish, but likable since she is totally naive about her attitude. Sue Ann (Julie Piekarski), 14, is blonde, cute, typical all-American girl always preoccupied with boys, clothes and diets. Molly (Molly Ringwald), 13, is the opionated “liberated woman” of the group. Nancy (Felice Schacter), 14, is the most all-around girl in the dorm; she’s good at sports, in studies, and moderately interested in dating. Tootie (Kim Fields), 11, is constantly vying for attention, she’s extremely inquisitive, and can’t keep a secret.
When books are what you’re there about and looks are what you care about the time is right to learn the Facts of Life
When the world never seems to be living up to your dreams it’s time you started finding out what everything is all about
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The Facts of Life cast members
Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner Kim Fields as Tootie Ramsey Mindy Cohn as Natalie Green Nancy McKeon as Jo Polniaczek John Lawlor as Steven Bradley Jenny O’Hara as Emily Mahoney Felice Schachter as Nancy Olsen Julie Piekarski as Sue Ann Weaver Julie Anne Haddock as Cindy Webster Molly Ringwald as Molly Parker Pamela Segall as Kelly Affinado Mackenzie Astin as Andy Moffett George Clooney as George Burnett Cloris Leachman as Beverly Ann Stickle Sherrie Krenn as Pippa McKenna