Is The Facts of Life ever going to do a reunion show? We filmed āThe Facts of Lifeā reunion movie for āThe Wonderful World of Disneyā on ABC in September of 2001 and it aired the following November. We had a fabulous time working together but we missed Nancy McKeon, āJo,ā who was unable to join us due to a scheduling conflict with her weekly cable series, āThe Division.ā (āBlairā was only half the fun without āJo.ā)
Do you stay in touch with the other girls? Other than seeing each other at an occasional function, our paths rarely cross. Itās 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 Iām 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.
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 play. Nancy McKeon (Jo) is dividing her time between working in Hollywood and living on a ranch in Texas.. She was married in 2002 and has two beautiful daughters. Kim Fields (Tootie) is busy with a new career as a director as well as producing project for her own production company. She is married with an adorable son. 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, Tuckerās, 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 show business? Much to Clancyās chagrin, the answer is, āNo.ā 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, āYou are too short, too fat, too skinny, or just plain, not good enough.ā When Clancy was a child, I found outlets for her to exercise her gifts as an actress through homeschool plays, acting classes and church musicals. But itās too risky to introduce business into the equation. Now that sheās an adult, she plans to pursue her dream in show business.
Where can I get a copy of the album you recorded, āAll Because of Youā? Other than on Ebay occasionally, I donāt know. I have a few copies myself but Iām collecting them to pass down to my grandchildren. I guess I better start collecting a few turntables while Iām at it! You can download the mp3 through the link in the Showbiz section of this website.
Do you plan to do any more acting in the future? I left show business after I had three children within three years to be a stay-at-home wife and mother. I loved acting and Iām grateful for all the opportunities I had but nothing came close to the joy of being a mother. Although, I’ve learned to never say never. I didnāt plan on writing books, either. Now that my children are grown, Iāve decided to throw my acting hat back in the ring and go another round in Hollywood. Itāll be fun to see what happens.
Was it fun fulfilling your longtime desire to be a contestant on āSurvivor?ā I donāt think “fun” is the word I would use to describe my experience. Those days on the island were the hardest thing Iāve ever done in my life. It pushed me to my extreme limits physically, mentally, spiritually, and especially, emotionally. Iām so very grateful for the opportunity and Iām so glad I did it but I think itās like childbirthā¦I may need to put a few years behind me and some perspective in front of me before I would ever consider doing it again.