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Actress Lisa Whelchel co-starred in the popular 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life.
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Actress Lisa Whelchel, best known for playing the role of Blair Warner, describes a storyline that was rejected on "The Facts of Life."
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Whelchel and Cauble divorced in 2012, after 24 years of marriage. "I still believe in marriage," she said in an interview with People magazine. "I never thought divorce would happen to me. But Steve is still my best friend. We just couldn't be married ... We still see each other every day; we go out to dinner and movies. At one point, [our daughter] Clancy said, 'Mom, I think you're going to have to let me know when you get divorced, because I won't be able to tell when it happens.'"
After getting married and becoming a mother, Whelchel stepped away from acting. She spent many years as a stay-at-home mom, and turned to writing to share some of her experiences. Her first book, Creative Correction, which offered advice on child discipline from a faith-based perspective, was published in 2000. So You're Thinking About Homeschooling (2009) was inspired by her own decision to teach her three children at home. Whelchel has penned several other books, including Friendship for Grown-Ups: What I Missed and Learned Along the Way (2010) and Busy Mom's Guide to Prayer (2011).
Whelchel decided to take on a new challenge in 2012. A longtime devotee of Survivor, she finally got a chance to see how she would fare on the competitive survival show when she was selected to be a contestant on Survivor: Philippines, season 25 of the popular series. Whelchel ultimately placed second on the show, tying with Rhinosoft Interactive co-founder Michael Skupin.
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Join Biography.com in a nostalgic look back at the popular 1980s sitcom set in an all-girls boarding school, The Facts of Life. Learn more about the cast of the series, including Lisa Whelchel, the face of Blair Warner; Kim Fields, who played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey; Mindy Cohn (Natalie Green); Charlotte Rae (Edna Garrett); Nancy McKeon (Jo Polniaczek); and George Clooney (George Burnett). Explore this collection for full biographies, photos, videos and more.
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