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Also Known As: Lisa Diane Whelchel Died:
Born: May 29, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Littlefield, Texas, USA Profession:

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A confident, charismatic actress, Lisa Whelchel went from "The New Mickey Mouse Club" (syndicated, 1977-79) to teen stardom on "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988). Playing the conceited but ultimately kind-hearted rich girl Blair Warner, Whelchel struck sparks with classmate Jo (Nancy McKeon) as well as with the younger Natalie (Mindy Cohn) and Tootie (Kim Fields) under the wry, watchful eye of Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae). A low-key, long-running sitcom hit that proved immensely popular with young audiences of multiple generations, the series became a fondly remembered pop cultural reference point and lived on in reruns as well as in "The Facts of Life Reunion" (ABC, 2001). Grammy-nominated for her 1984 Christian music album All Because of You, Whelchel left the business after the show ended, marrying a pastor and focusing on being a stay-at-home mom who also became an in-demand inspirational speaker and author of religiously-themed books on parenting and homeschooling. Still much loved by nostalgic fans, the actress earned considerable publicity when chose to compete on the 2012 Philippines-set season of "Survivor" (CBS, 2000- ). Thoroughly at peace with her unique slice of 1980s pop cultural...

A confident, charismatic actress, Lisa Whelchel went from "The New Mickey Mouse Club" (syndicated, 1977-79) to teen stardom on "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988). Playing the conceited but ultimately kind-hearted rich girl Blair Warner, Whelchel struck sparks with classmate Jo (Nancy McKeon) as well as with the younger Natalie (Mindy Cohn) and Tootie (Kim Fields) under the wry, watchful eye of Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae). A low-key, long-running sitcom hit that proved immensely popular with young audiences of multiple generations, the series became a fondly remembered pop cultural reference point and lived on in reruns as well as in "The Facts of Life Reunion" (ABC, 2001). Grammy-nominated for her 1984 Christian music album All Because of You, Whelchel left the business after the show ended, marrying a pastor and focusing on being a stay-at-home mom who also became an in-demand inspirational speaker and author of religiously-themed books on parenting and homeschooling. Still much loved by nostalgic fans, the actress earned considerable publicity when chose to compete on the 2012 Philippines-set season of "Survivor" (CBS, 2000- ). Thoroughly at peace with her unique slice of 1980s pop cultural immortality, Lisa Whelchel displayed a refreshingly grounded perspective on showbiz and built an enviable balance between life and work.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Facts of Life Reunion, The (2001) Blaire Warner
4.
 Facts of Life Down Under, The (1987) Blair Warner
5.
 Facts of Life Goes to Paris, The (1982) Blair Warner
6.
7.
 Twirl (1981) Jill Moore
8.
 Skyward (1980) Lisa Ward
9.
 Magician of Lublin, The (1979) Halina
10.
 Double Mcguffin, The (1979) Jody
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Raised in Fort Worth, TX
1977:
Made TV debut as a Mouseketeer on syndicated "The New Mickey Mouse Club"
1979:
Feature film debut, "The Double McGuffin" with Ernest Borgnine and "The Magician of Lublin" with Alan Arkin
1979:
Landed breakthrough role of spoiled rich girl Blair Warner on comedy series "The Facts of Life" (NBC)
1980:
Co-starred with Bette Davis in NBC movie "Skyward"
1984:
Released Christian pop album <i>All Because of You</i>; earned Grammy nomination for Best Inspirational Performance
1992:
Appeared in the family drama "Where the Red Fern Grows: Part Two"
2000:
Published the child-rearing book <i>Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline</i>
2001:
Reprised Blair Warner role in "The Facts of Life Reunion" (ABC)
2001:
Released memoir <i>The Facts of Life: And Other Lessons My Father Taught Me</i>
2004:
Published the illustrated children's book <i>The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions</i>
2012:
Competed on the CBS reality series "Survivor: Philippines"
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