Fast Facts

  • Was put in an acting class at age 8 to overcome shyness, and then performed in musical theater for the next four years.
  • At 12 she was chosen from a nationwide talent search to be a Mouseketeer on The New Mickey Mouse Club.
  • Rose to stardom by playing spoiled, rich Blair Warner on the hit sitcom The Facts of Life from 1979 to '88.
  • Recorded the contemporary Christian album All Because of You in 1984; was nominated for a Grammy for Best Inspirational Performance, but lost to Donna Summer.
  • Left acting in 1990 to be a stay-at-home mom; later wrote a series of books on motherhood, including Creative Correction and her autobiography, The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me.
  • Founded MomTime Ministries in 2000.
  • Briefly returned to acting in 2001 to appear in The Facts of Life Reunion.
  • Is an inspirational speaker at Women of Faith conferences.
  • Returned to TV in 2012 to appear on Survivor: Philippines.


  • Cody Whelchel — Brother
  • James Whelchel — Father
  • Roy Coleman — Stepfather
  • Tucker Cauble — Son
  • Justice Coleman — Half Brother
  • Steve Cauble — Ex-husband
  • Haven Cauble — Daughter
  • Clancy Cauble — Daughter
  • Virginia Whelchel — Mother


  • Birth Name: Lisa Diane Whelchel
  • Birth Place: Littlefield, TX
  • Profession: Actor, Author, Inspirational speaker

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