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Lisa Whelchel

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lisa_whelchel-blair-warner-facts-of-lifeFormer child actress, Lisa Diane Whelchel, who was born on May 29, 1963, was known for her great hair, preppy attitude, and role as Blair Warner on the television show The Facts of Life.

At a very young age, Whelchel had become a devout Christian which would prove to be, at one point, complicated for writers and producers of the hit sitcom series.Career

Whelchel received her start in 1977, as a Mouseketeer on The New Mickey Mouse Club.  The show ran in syndication from 1977-1978.

Whelchel began her stint on the NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life, on August 24, 1979. During the show’s run, Whelchel refused a storyline which involved her character to be the first among the four young women on the show to lose her virginity.

Since becoming a Christian at the age of 10, Whelchel refused The Facts of Life story line because of her religious convictions.  The storyline was rewritten for the character of “Natalie.”  Whelchel even refused to appear in the episode.

During her time on The Facts of Life, she was offered a role in the music video, “Meltdown (at Madame Tussaud’s),” for Steve Taylor, who was a Christina singer/songwriter.  She also appeared in an episode of ABC’s The Love Boat in 1983.

facts-of-life-Lisa Diane WhelchelThe Facts of Life ended after 9 seasons, on May 7, 1988.  Whelchel would return to the role of Blair in the made-for-television film, The Facts of Life Reunion, in 2001.

Music

Though she was offered small roles, Whelchel’s acting career ceased at the end of The Facts of Life era.

In 1984, she released a Christian pop album titled All Because of You. While the album was a meek success (#17 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian charts) and received a Grammy nomination for Best Inspirational Album, Whelchel did not record a follow-up. Among the songs featured on the album were “Good Girl,” “Just Obey,” and “Cover Me Lord.”

Life after The Facts of Life

Whelchel was reunited with Charlotte Rae to perform The Facts of Life theme song during the 2nd annual TV Land Awards ceremony, at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California on March 7, 2004.

In 2006, along with two of her Facts of Life cast members, she appeared on The Today Show to promote the show’s first and second seasons on DVD.  Former cast mate Kim Fields was unable to make the taping which Whelchel admitted being “bummed out” that Fields was unable to attend.

Whelchel would seize upon her chance to reunite with Fields on February 1, 2007, when the two met up on WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas. Fields was in Dallas to promote her appearance in the production Issues: We’ve All Got ‘Em’.  Whelchel was presented as a surprise guest.

On April 10, 2011, Whelchel and the cast of The Facts of Life: Charlotte Rae, Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, Geri Jewell and Cloris Leachman, were honored with the Pop Culture Award at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards in New York City, at the Javits Center.

Lisa Whelchel - Facts-of-Life-Blair-Warner-Christian MinistryChristian Ministry

Whelchel has devoted her life to her Christian faith. She has written books which provide guidance on various subject matters which, in Whelchel’s beliefs, are in line with the teachings of the Holy Bible.

The Christian-based topics include:  motherhood and raising children. Based on her faith, Whelchel is an avid believer in homeschooling. Because of her beliefs, Whelchel has been criticized by Christian and non-Christian parenting groups.

In 2007, Mary-Alice Cross, president of the Christian Parenting Association of America (CPAA), advised parents not to purchase Whelchel’s books or carry out any of her methods based on the organizations convictions that they are emotionally and physically abusive.

In 2000, she founded Momtime Ministries, a religious network of mothers’ groups who meet weekly to “equip and refresh and encourage” each other.

Whelchel has been seen touring with the Women of Faith group.

Family

Lisa Diane Whelchel-Adult-The-Facts-of-Life-Blair WarnerWhelchel is the daughter of Jenny French, a real estate agent, and Jimmy Whelchel, an electrician. She was born in Littlefield, Texas and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.  She is the oldest sibling to Cody and Casey.

Whelchel exchanged vows with Steven Cauble, an associate pastor at her church, on July 9, 1988.  They have three children: Tucker (b. 1990), Haven (b. 1991), and Clancy (b. 1992.)

Lisa Whelchel is rarely seen in thespian related projects.  Instead, she has devoted herself to life as a wife, in addition to raising and homeschooling her children.

Bibliography

  • Creative Correction
  • The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me
  • So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling
  • How to Start Your Own Mom Time
  • The ADVENTure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions
  • Taking Care of the Me in Mommy
  • The Busy Mom’s Guide to Prayer
  • The Busy Mom’s Guide to Wisdom
  • The Busy Grandma’s Guide to Prayer
  • Speaking Mom-ese: Moments of Peace & Inspiration in the Mother Tongue from One Mom’s Heart to Yours

Filmography

Film

Year

Film

Role

Other notes

1979 The Double McGuffin Jody
The Magician of Lublin Halina
1992 Where the Red Fern Grows: Part Two” Sara Coleman Direct-to-video release

Television

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1977 The New Mickey Mouse Club Herself
The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World Herself Television special
1978 Family Cathy Connelly Episode: All for Love
1979 Disney’s Wonderful World Robin Lapp Episode: Shadow of Fear (1)
Episode: Shadow of Fear (2)
1979, 1981 Diff’rent Strokes Blair Warner Episode: The Girls School
Episode: The Older Man
1979–1988 The Facts of Life Blair Warner 200 episodes
1980 Skyward Lisa Ward NBC Television movie/Television pilot
1981 Twirl Jill Moore NBC Television movie
1982 The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Blair Warner NBC Television movie
The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch Amy Cole ABC Television movie
1983, 1985 The Love Boat Caroline
Keley Barrett
Episode: Captain and the Kid…(1)
Episode: Captain and the Kid (2)
Episode: German Cruise – The Villa… (1)
Episode: German Cruise – The Villa… (2)
1987 The Facts of Life Down Under Blair Warner NBC Television movie
2001 The Facts of Life Reunion Blair Warner ABC Television movie

Awards and Nominations

Young Artist Awards

  • 1982: Nominated, “Best Young Comedienne in a Motion Picture or Television” – The Facts of Life
  • 1982: Nominated, “Best Young Actress in a Television Special” – Twirl
  • 1983: Nominated, “Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series” – The Facts of Life
  • 1984: Nominated, “Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series” – The Facts of Life