Frames for vintage television series The facts of life used disturbing methods of body shame to deal with the “changing bodies” of two of its lead actors during the production of the 1980s television series. The plots focused on young women who were students at a school in elite located in New York State. Although socially different in many ways, this group of girls formed their family unit. However, when the bodies of several actors began to change, the show’s executives resorted to dishonorable methods to correct what they believed was wrong with their appearance.
Who starred in the original series?
The backstory of The facts of life can be divided into two segments. During the show’s first season, the cast was pretty big. Young actors included Felice Schachter, Mindy Cohn, Lisa Welchel, Kim Fields, Julie Piekarski, Molly Ringwald and Julie Ann Haddock.
In the second season of the series, the series focused on three original characters. They brought a fourth as foil for the popular Blair Warner, played by Welchel. Nancy McKeon was hired as Jo Polniaczek, a tough girl from the Bronx. The rest of the cast have been fired.
The main cast has changed only once from season 2 to its final season. Charlotte Rae, who played Ms Garrett, was replaced by Chloris Leachman after Rae decided not to renew her contract.
What disturbing methods of bodily humiliation did the “Facts of Life” executives employ for two of the actors after their bodies had changed?
Welchel and Cohn once told People Magazine that they treat body shame in different ways by show producers.
Cohen explained that it was difficult to go through his entire puberty onscreen, to say the least.
Welchel said the weight issue is “an everyday battle. Our bodies were a topic of conversation. We knew what people were saying.
She revealed that Facts of life the producers sent it to “quite a few big farms!”
“I would say, ‘I’m going to Texas on my break. They were like, “Oh, no, you’re not. We bought you a ticket to the big farm!
“They were trying to cope with our changing bodies,” Welchel concluded.
As for Cohn, after losing weight around the age of 17, the producers were reportedly angry. They told Cohn she needed to put on the weight.
She told People, “I came home saying, ‘I must gain 40 pounds.’ My mom said, ‘It doesn’t happen.’ She told the producers to go to a school to see what normal girls look like our age.
“Live Before a Studio Audience” will represent an iconic episode of “The Facts of Life”
This last part of Live in front of a studio audience will be the third time that classic TV episodes have been played with some of today’s favorite actors.
In this one-night-only event, Jennifer Aniston is just one actor among a range of renowned talent to tackle roles first performed in The facts of life.
She will play the role of rich girl Blair Warner, created by Lisa Welchel. Joining Aniston are Gabrielle Union as Tootie, Allison Tolman as Natalie and Kathryn Hahn as Jo.
Live in front of a studio audience Airs Tuesday, December 7 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
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