Kim Fields, born Kim Victoria Fields, was born on May 12, 1969 in New York City, New York. This former child actress is still acting today and she’s also a singer and television director. She is best known for her role as the loveable and sweet “Tootie” Ramsey on the 1980s NBC hit sitcom The Facts of Life.
Even decades later, many still remember her catchphrase, “We are in trou-ble!” She was also known for the braces she wore on the series for five seasons. When the show began filming, Fields was so short that the producers put her in roller skates during the first season so that they could avoid difficult camera angles. Ironically, she had lost a role as Arnold Jackson’s girlfriend on The Facts of Life’s parent show, Diff’rent Strokes, because she was taller than Gary Coleman, who played Arnold.
Kim is also remembered as Regine Hunter on the 1990s Fox sitcom Living Single. Kim is the daughter of actress and director Chip Fields and the older sister of actress Alexis Fields.
Before Kim appeared on The Facts of Life, she starred on a short-lived 1978 CBS sitcom Baby, I’m Back and she also appeared in a memorable commercial spot for Mrs. Butterworth’s pancake syrup.
Kim also later appeared on the hit CBS sitcom Good Times as a friend of Penny Gordon Woods. Her real life mother, Chip Fields, starred on Good Times as the mother of Janet Jackson’s character, Penny. Yet mother and daughter Fields never starred in the same episodes. Kim’s episodes on Good Times were “The Snow Storm” and “The Physical”.
Her real life mother Chip Fields portrayed Diane Ramsey, Tootie’s mother, on The Facts of Life as well as playing Regine’s mother on Living Single.
Kim has guest-starred on television shows such as One on One, The Golden Palace, and appeared as herself on HBO’s The Comeback.
Additionally, Kim has also appeared in an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in which Will Smith pretended to marry her in an attempt to seduce her.
With her degree from Pepperdine University, Kim began directing. She directed the All That spinoff and a number of Kenan & Kel episodes. She also appeared in two episodes of the series. As of this writing, Kim is currently working as a director for the sitcoms Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and BET’s Let’s Stay Together.
In 1984, during the run of Facts of Life, Kim released two singles on the Critique Records label: the disco/Hi-NRG “He Loves Me He Loves Me Not” (which became a minor club hit), and “Dear Michael”.
After the cancellation of Living Single, Fields began performing rap music and R&B with a group called Impromp2.
As of 2000 she changed her look and style considerably, sporting either a large blonde afro or platinum blonde braids or dreadlocks. She performs under the stage name of “Blondielocks” and in 2003 she released a spoken word CD of poetry (that was available online only) called Smooth is Spoken Here.
Kim was born in New York, New York. She dated fellow Living Single cast member John Henton for one year, and was married to Johnathon Franklin Freeman from 1995 to 1998. Her sister is actress Alexis Fields from Sister, Sister and actress Jere Fields.
She attended Burbank High School in California.
Kim gave birth to her first child, Sebastian Alexander Morgan, by her then boyfriend, Broadway actor Christopher Morgan, on May 4, 2007.The couple introduced their son the following week in People magazine.On July 23, 2007, they were married in a private ceremony officiated by Pastor Donnie McClurkin.
Kim is a born-again Christian.