|TV Guide Online - Whelchel Reveals 'Facts' Facts|
|Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2000.|
Former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel is happy to report that her role as snobby Blair Warner won't change much in an upcoming TV reunion movie based on the popular '80s sitcom. "I met with the writer and she wanted Blair to have grown up and matured and to have found herself and discovered all kinds of things," she tells TV Guide Online. "I said, 'Oh no, please don't make me do that. Let her be as lame and shallow as she ever was. It's a lot more fun.' So Blair will be back as we all knew her." Whelchel reports that not everyone is on board for the nostalgia trip. Nancy McKeon's tough girl character, Jo Polniaczek, one of Blair's classmates at the prestigious Eastland Academy, most likely won't be dropping in. "Nancy has a new series [City Lights] on Lifetime playing a female cop and I think she's trying to kind of distance herself from the Jo character just so people can see her in a new role," explains Whelchel. "There was a rumor that Nancy would be killed off if she didn't agree to do the show, but we're still keeping our fingers crossed that she'll make a quick cameo." Whelchel also confides that classmate Kim Fields (Tootie) may skip out on the reunion, hoping to break free from her cutesy image. But she says Facts fanatics can count on former class clown Natalie (Mindy Cohn) and headmistress Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) to join in on the fun.