Now You Know About The Facts Of Life


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The Facts of Life was a spinoff of the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. The spinoff focused on Charlotte Rae’s character, Edna Garrett, as she became housemother to seven young girls at the Eastland Academy in Peekskill, New York.

The show was originally meant to be a summer series in 1979, but the head of programming decided to bring it back in early 1980. After a thirteen-episode run, the show was retooled extensively. Four of the actresses, Felice Schachter, Julie Piekarski, Julie Anne Haddock, and Molly Ringwald, were written out of the show (although the four did make periodic appearances on the series when it still took place in Eastland Academy, and three returned in a later season for a “reunion of friends”, mentioning Molly’s character being unable to attend), and a new actress was hired. Now, in addition to being den mother to the girls – wealthy, spoiled Blair Warner (Lisa Whelchel), chubby, fun-loving Natalie Green (Mindy Cohn), nosy Tootie Ramsey (Kim Fields), and the new girl, street-wise Jo Polniaczek (Nancy McKeon) – Mrs. Garrett also became the school’s dietitian.

Source: Wikipedia contributors (2006). The Facts of Life (TV series). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

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The Facts of Life was probably my all-time favorite tv show. Yes, I am a child of the 80’s. I think the show lasted so long because each of the characters had such different personalities.
If you have ever studied personalities you will see that each character has a distinctly dominant trait. The four personalities are sanguine (Tootie), choleric (Blair), phlegmatic (Natalie), and melancholy (Jo). So my question of the week is…which character do you most identify with? Post your answer in the Girl Talk forums. (This is a great way to get to know your friends.)

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