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Lisa Whelchel Reunites With 'Facts of Life' Pal Kim Fields for TV Movie

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Lisa Welchel, left, and Kim Fields. (Francis Specker/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 03:37 PM

Lisa Welchel and Kim Fields, stars of the 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life,” have reunited in a Hallmark Channel movie “For Better or For Worse.”

Welchel plays a widowed wedding coordinator, and Fields plays her best friend and co-worker on “For Better or For Worse,” which premiered Saturday.

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“I am pitched a lot of scripts that are family-friendly, and I hate to say it, but a lot of them are really, really cheesy,” Welchel told People. “Either that or they're just trying to hit you over the head with a message. So when I got this one, I thought it was a great script, a delightful comedy that happened to have a nice message. I was enamored by it, so I signed on.”

Welchel, who played Blair on “The Facts of Life,” has kept in touch with Fields, who played Tootie, and other members of the cast.

“We see each other, and we see each other's families. My children call her ‘Aunt Kim’ and her children call me ‘Aunty Lisa,’" Welchel told People.

Welchel, 51, took a break from TV after the series ended in 1988 but returned in 2012, tying for second place on “Survivor.” She also has worked as a Christian author and speaker.

Fields, 45, continued her television career, starring on “Living Single” and working as a producer and director.

Fields told "Good Morning America" that working together was very comfortable.

“Lisa’s just a wonderfully talented woman, plain and simple,” she said.

Welchel told Us Weekly about working with George Clooney, who appeared on “The Facts of Life” in the mid-1980s.

"The truth is, he was kind of in his twenties, he was young, he was gawky, he was so much fun," she said. "I don't know, maybe I was just not smart, or not thinking ahead, because I did not anticipate what he would grow into. I think if I had, I would've worn makeup to rehearsal a little bit more often."

Fans on Twitter were happy about the reunion.






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