Frequently Asked Questions
Is The Facts of Life ever going to do a
We filmed “The Facts of Life” reunion
movie for “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC in
September of 2001 and it aired the following November. We had a
fabulous time working together but we missed Nancy McKeon, “Jo,” who
was unable to join us due to a scheduling conflict with her weekly
cable series, “The Division.” (“Blair” was
only half the fun without “Jo.”)
Do you stay in touch with the other girls?
than seeing each other at an occasional function, our paths
rarely cross. It’s kind of like high school. We
were best of friends, but then our lives all went in different
directions. We have fond memories and feelings but I’m rarely
at the studios and they are rarely at the Little League fields.
Nancy and I make an effort to stay in touch but
with our busy lives that consists mostly of exchanging answering
machine messages and promises to get together real soon.
Thankfully, she married a Texan so we will live
closer together during the summer months when she is not working
in Los Angeles.
What are the other girls doing?
Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett) is
living half the time in New York City, which she absolutely loves.
She is busy performing her one-woman show and the occasional Broadway
Nancy McKeon (Jo) is
dividing her time between working in Hollywood and living on a ranch
in Texas.. She was married in 2002 and had a beautiful baby girl
Kim Fields (Tootie) is busy with
a new career as a director as well as producing project for her
own production company.
Mindy Cohn (Natale) is living a
rich, full life while traveling abroad, doing voiceovers for cartoons,
volunteering for fundraising and charity work, as well as continuing
to work as an actress.
How was it working with George Clooney?
Working with George was very fun. He was like a big
brother to all of us and it was nice to have a guy around for a
change. Between you and me, if I had known that he was going to
turn out so well I might have worn makeup more often to rehearsals.
Do you have any advice for parents of
children with ADD?
Ever since I wrote about
my son, Tucker’s,
diagnosis of ADHD I have received numerous emails for advice from
other parents. I wish I could be of more help but all I can offer
is understanding and a few ideas that have worked for our family.
My book, Creative Correction, was written from my
own experiences as a mother desiring to train my son to be a happy,
healthy young man who obeys God and his parents. Perhaps you will
find a few tips that will prove effective for your family as well.
Would you let your children get into
Much to Clancy’s chagrin, the answer is, “No.” In
my opinion, it is a lose-lose situation. Either the child is very
successful at a young age and lacks the maturity to handle the
fame, stress, freedom and money, not to mention, where do you go
from being a millionaire at twelve?
Or, they are not successful and are rejected day
after day with the explanation, “You are too short, too fat,
too skinny, or just plain, not good enough.”
I plan to let Clancy exercise her gifts as an actress
through homeschool plays, acting classes and church musicals. But
it’s too risky to introduce business into the equation.
Where can I get a copy of the album
you recorded, “All
Because of You”?
Other than on Ebay
occasionally, I don’t know.
I have a few copies myself but I’m collecting them to pass
down to my grandchildren. I guess I better start collecting a few
turntables while I’m at it!
Do you plan to do any more acting in the
I don’t have any plans to. I loved acting and
I’m grateful for all the opportunities I had but nothing
comes close to the joy of being a stay-at-home mother. Although,
I should never say never. I didn’t plan on writing books,
either. The bottom line is, I will go wherever the Lord leads and
He doesn’t usually fill me in on where He’s headed – I
guess that’s why they call it faith.