Lisa Whelchel

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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1963 in Littlefield, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

For Better or For Worse 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

Nancy Porter (Actor)

Survivor 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Kid Stars 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 5 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Red Fern Grows, Part Two 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVI 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Double McGuffin 1978 (Movie)

Jody (Actor)

The Magician of Lublin 1978 (Movie)

Halina (Actor)

The New Mickey Mouse Club 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Skyward (TV Show)

Actor

The Facts of Life Reunion (TV Show)

Actor

Twirl (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Cody

Brother

Steven Cauble

Husband
Married July 9, 1988 Divorced March 1, 2012; Whelchel announced the divorce Sept. 20, 2012

Tucker Cauble

Son
Born Jan. 17, 1990; father, Steven Cauble

Haven Cauble

Daughter
Born Sept. 26, 1991; father, Steven Cauble

Clancy Cauble

Daughter
Born Nov. 12, 1992; father, Steven Cauble

Milestones

2012

Competed on the CBS reality series "Survivor: Philippines"

2004

Published the illustrated children's book The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions

2001

Released memoir The Facts of Life: And Other Lessons My Father Taught Me

2001

Reprised Blair Warner role in "The Facts of Life Reunion" (ABC)

2000

Published the child-rearing book Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline

1992

Appeared in the family drama "Where the Red Fern Grows: Part Two"

1984

Released Christian pop album All Because of You; earned Grammy nomination for Best Inspirational Performance

1980

Co-starred with Bette Davis in NBC movie "Skyward"

1979

Landed breakthrough role of spoiled rich girl Blair Warner on comedy series "The Facts of Life" (NBC)

1979

Feature film debut, "The Double McGuffin" with Ernest Borgnine and "The Magician of Lublin" with Alan Arkin

1977

Made TV debut as a Mouseketeer on syndicated "The New Mickey Mouse Club"

Raised in Fort Worth, TX

Bonus Trivia

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Whelchel announced on Nov. 15, 2012 that she had the West Nile Virus. It was unclear whether or not the former teen star contracted it while competing on "Survivor: Philippines" (CBS).

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