The Facts of Life was a US sitcom that captured the heart of many fans throughout the ’80s. The hit show was first aired on NBC in 1979 and ran until 1988, making it one of the longest-running TV sitcoms ever produced. The prime-time series focused on Edna Garret, played by Charlotte Rea, who became a housemother for a fictional all-female boarding school, dubbed Eastland School in New York.
Created as a spin-off of another hit series Different Strokes, it was one of the first shows to feature a primarily all-female cast, which was a rare feat in the ’80s. Over time, the show actually helped revolutionize the way many characters were captured on TV and paved the way for the next generation of sitcoms.
We’re sure that for most fans, this 80’s show still holds a nostalgic place in their hearts, so let’s take a look at where some of our favorite stars are today.
Lisa Whelchel: Then
When Lisa Whelchel first strutted onto the set at just 14 years old, she played Blair Warner, who was a preppy, wealthy and pretty rebellious teen. As the series progressed though, Lisa slowly transitioned from a temperamental teenager into a beautiful and graceful young woman.
While Lisa first joined the show, she portrayed the role of a spoilt and often bratty teenager perfectly. Still, over the course of the sitcom, her character really blossomed and matured, and you could see the shift in direction from as early as Season 2.