Former Lovers Kim Fields and Todd Bridges Reunite (Video)

Kim Fields and Todd Bridges

The Hallmark Channel reunited the cast of ‘The Facts of Life’, including Kim Fields (Tootie), Lisa Welchel (Blair Warner) and Charlotte Rae (Edna Garrett). The ladies caught up and reminisced about life behind the scenes on the set of the popular show which ran from 1979 to 1988.

Kim Fields Lisa Welchel Charlotte Rae

They reminded the audience that ‘The Facts of Life’ was a spin off from the 1980s sitcom ‘Diff’rent Strokes’.

Rae, 89, played the patient and understanding housekeeper on Different Strokes, which starred Todd Bridges, 50, and deceased cast members Gary Coleman, Dano Plato and Conrad Bain as the wealthy businessman who adopted Todd and Gary after their parents died. Kim Fields played Todd’s girlfriend on the show and off.

Kim Fields and Todd Bridges

According to ATLien from Straightfromthea.com, Bridges is currently working as a game show host on ‘Lovers or Losers’ in Las Vegas. He stopped by the set for a surprise visit with his former young love, Fields.

In the video, Rae, Welchel, 52, and Fields, 46, cook Mexican corn bread and Bridges shares how a random fan punched Fields in the face for “standing next to her boyfriend.”

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    TOOTIE! BLAIR! MRS. GARRETT! I used to love Facts of Life. I tried to roller skate around my house. Mama Soul promptly threw my azz outside to skate in the driveway. Glad to see Todd doing something productive now. They all look happy.

  • Yoni

    Kim coming thru with her housewive steez. :nun:

  • sunni_daze

    you take the good, you take the bad…you take them both and then you have the facts of life, the facts of life.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    LOL!

  • stav

    Mrs.Garrett looks fantastic ! They all do ! Glad they didn’t go the plastic surgery route.

  • Jennifer Hudson’s Knees

    Every time i think about Gary Coleman i think about that episode of the Parkers ” it’s time for Gary and company, Garyyyy”
    Happy Friday folks!

  • Mel

    Memories I tell ya

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    Did you know that Robin Thicke’s mom, Gloria Loring sung that?

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    That’s who that was?? I knew his dad sang the Different Strokes song. Wow. Interesting.

  • iWasteTime

    I still watch the Facts of Life on Logo… lol!
    The early ones though . . . Logo has 227 too

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I like Kim ….. sweetie

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Logo gets good old shows! I used to watch Designing Women on there. Yeah, the early FOL shows were the best.

  • Always me

    Facts of Life, 227, and the Golden Girls. I love the early episodes too. They dealt with lots of real topics.

  • Thatgirljd

    they all look good. Nice to see Todd got himself together

  • Yoni

    His deddy got the biggest, trianglest head known to man. LOL

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    WHAT?!?! Bwahahahahahaha!!!! So you just on 12 again this morning!

  • ChocolateBeauty

    Wow OK so nice to see them together again I was a huge fan of the show and I still am

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    I’m waiting on Kim Fields to read Kenya. Just verbally drag her azz. I don’t think RHOA is the right place for her. Nice to see them all together, I liked Blair’s stuck up azz, and mexican cornbread sounds good.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Designing Women and the Golden Girls…I could spend an entire day doing nothing but watching those two shows and be happy.

  • Yoni

    Nope. I’m going to do (a lil bit of) some work. My daughter is home. I’m TURNT! You hear me? Poverty Princess is home YALL! :woohoo: We hittin the ‘sino tonight! #imonlygoingforfoodandstarbuckstho #mightputfivedollasinthepennyslots #TURNUP

  • felinelurker

    I love that Kim Fields seems to be “down to earth/girl next door” even after fame. Despite what Kenya throws at her. Not everyone wants that “gone with the wind” crap.

  • soflystann

    Is it me or does Todd’s skin complexion look a little off? Hes giving a mean ole smoKers Grey!

  • sunni_daze

    NooOOOO. That’s cool I used to watch his dad on tv all the time.

  • felinelurker

    WHY does Feline9 have to watch Good Times every Sat morning on TVOne, lol

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    See you just told me something new…didn’t know that. Was always a Gloria fan. That was one of the reasons I never question Robin’s son blonde hair.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Yaaayyyy!!!! PP is home for the weekend? Enjoy your weekend together. It’s some good food in casinos, so I know you’ll enjoy that. (But you can do better than 5 dollars! At least play a $20.)

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Had to go look her up just now. Didn’t know his mama was the Friends & Lovers lady. I love that song!

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    I watched all those shows…

  • mela.reign77

    I absolutely loved both shows and did not know Kim and Todd actually dated. Mrs. Garret was the cutest and Blair is still pretty, heck all of the ladies look great! Glad to see a positive spin on things. GM everyone :)

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Ditto! I have told both my parents that I’m gonna send them to Shady Pines one day if they don’t act right. LOL!

  • Renee26

    They all look great!

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    It’s not you. He looks like a corpse. That greyish tint. But that’s drugs and hard living for you.

  • 1/8

    Right On! with Cynthia Horner! Wow! I used LOVE that magazine! I can remember budgeting my allowance to make sure I had enough money to purchase Right On!, Rollingstone, and Musician. The good old days. ?

  • Yoni

    Yes. Thanks. I am! I’m mad it’s steak night and not seafood night (trust greedy folks know the days – I’ve been before :facepalm: ) so I won’t eat much. And I’m not a gambler, so $5 is my allotted allowance. I MIGHT get frisky and raise it to $10. LOL

  • free

    she always threatening to drag but i think she keeps her professional profile in mind. you’re right she is not a good fit for the show; i wonder what they were thinking?

  • That’s Interesting

    They look good! Todd Bridges is looking like the picture of health! He does not look 50. He is proof that you can stay away from crack.

  • free

    blair looks good and kim’s head look like somebody put icing on a muffin.

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  • harley_quinn2.0

    Go head Mrs Garrett!

  • MzFutureLCSW

    I use to have the BIGGEST love crush on Todd Bridges.
    No more………………………………………..

  • hi-liter

    Todd Bridges was a cutie was when he was a youngster.

  • Tammie Reed

    Awh these photos bring back so many memories, they all look nice! Loved the Facts of Life and Different Strokes! Telling my age now lol

  • hi-liter

    I’ll watch a marathon of Golden Girls any Saturday I can catch one lol…..my favorite GG was Dorothy and Sofia coming in a close second.

  • Fendi

    YES!!! Now I’ll have that song stuck in my head all weekend. Lol

  • Sucker Free

    Did u know paula patton sang the hook and robin thicke produced ushers can you handle it

  • SummerBaby

    New post

  • hi-liter

    Word Up!, Fresh!…..those centerfold pictures of LL in his I’m Bad days…..excuse me, I’m showing my age LOL

  • That’s Interesting

    I think he looks nice. I looked like that yesterday because I wore too much foundation.

  • soflystann

    Damn, he needs to let his soul glow.. bwahahaha…. oh I didnt know he was on drugs tho…

  • jussaying

    Kim still is so gorgeous.. Regine was my favorite from Living Single. I think I am a lil too young for Tootie although I remember many references to her on Fresh Prince.

  • Renee Bee

    Wow. I can’t believe Mrs. Garrett is still here with us. I really liked her.

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    No, haven’t really been into Usher..

  • Renee Bee

    Anyone remember that George Clooney was on this show? He was so goofy. Who would believe he would be such a huge Hollywood star

  • Renee Bee

    I did not know that at all. Thanks. I will save that for a trivia night.

  • iWasteTime

    Yup for 2 seasons …loll. He was goofy but Fine and when he hit the Golden Girls he was fine too

  • dancemomtoo131

    awwwww…you just gave me life today …Mama Soul lol

  • smartchickfl

    My little sister loved the nick @ nite reruns of this show…..drove me crazy. Off topic…Hey Arnold and Gerald could get the biz lol

  • Renee Bee

    I don’t remember him on Golden Girls. I have to keep an eye out for him. My dad watches that show all the time.

  • 88

    They look fantastic. Black don’t crack

  • HelloToni

    Thanks for sharing this story. Growing up I wanted to be Blair. I knew I was far from it, maybe that was the appeal. Her and Tootie were my fav!

  • HelloToni

    Yes. Good for him. I’m happy for him.

  • HelloToni

    Ha Ha! You are funny. Maybe he doesn’t have a good make-up person.

  • Blue

    Right On magazine! Ha. I believe I had every one.

  • stav

    I know right! And looking really great.

  • yallcrazy

    Ctfu!?

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    CORRECTION! The beautiful,talented JANETJACKSON played Todd’s girlfriend on “Different Strokes” NOT Kim Fields! Although Todd did guest star on “Facts Of Life” with the late Gary Coleman. I was a huge fan and follower of all. So I know EVERYTHING about them..

    Btw thanks for finding that RightOn cover! I was a faithful reader back then.

  • DB

    Lol. My daugher s said those same words.

  • That’s Interesting

    I do think that’s it. Lol! I googled pictures and he looks nice on them. They were recent pictures too…

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Taco Juice

    Black Beat, YSB and Sepia went to magazine heaven a long time ago.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Janet was ONE OF Todd’s girlfriends on the show.

  • Vixen

    I swear when I see Kim and her sister all I can think about is their mother beating Penny’s behind on good times.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Me too. Kim Fields was a cutie back then and I just loved Different Strokes especially when Janet came on the scene. Edna G was one of my favs too.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Jo was my fav I like a tough chick. Reminds me of me lol. I still rock a leather moto Jacket with my black ensemble.

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    But Kim wasn’t….

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I was a fan of the show. Were you even born when Diff’rent Strokes was on?

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Taco Juice

    Here we go? That cover really brings back memories because I had that issue in grade school. For a long time, I saved mine but when I graduated, I just saved the issues with Prince inside. Broke my heart when my fake storage bin got jacked and all those mags and other memorabilia were history. But I still got the Prince vinyl (including the purple).

  • 1/8

    I think I’m older than you! My centerfolds were Todd Bridges, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Michael Jackson, Richard Lawson, and Prince!

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    I was obsessed with Different Strokes & Janet Jackson! Kim was one of the only black child actresses back then & never gets credit for it. Gary Coleman banked at the same bank as me and I ran into him there. But didn’t approach him. He looked like was having a bad day.

  • LaGrl562

    I did not want to say it but she’s the only surviving member of that cast and at the time I thought she was the oldest person on the show……………..go figure Mrs. G looks great

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    If U were a fan of the show then U should know that Kim didn’t play Todd’s girlfriend on Different Strokes”. Kim was a little younger than him.

  • JerseyMom

    I am gonna need Tootie to go to the OWN Network and never ever even look at Bravo TV or the Real Housewives of Atlanta again.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    I WAS HOPING LIKE HELL I’D SEE SOME FACTS OF LIFE FACES! NICK @ NITE WAS MY ISHT

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    PER IMDB: Kim Fields …

    Dorothy ‘Tootie’ Ramsey (5 episodes, 1979-1981)

    GOOGLE IS FREE.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks hun. These disrespectful kids today think they know everything.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    NO PROBLEM AT ALL. AS MANY RERUNS THAT I’VE SEEN – I KNOW SHE WAS IN EPISODES WITHOUT HAVING TO CHECK…

  • 1/8

    Black Beat was another favorite. I especially loved the interviews. Back then, you couldn’t hop on the internet and see your favorite celebrities. You had to wait for them to appear on TV or in a magazine.

    I’m not familiar with the other periodicals you mentioned.

  • Alisa

    Tootie had the sneaker skates. I use to love how much body are hair had when she had the mushroom. Don’t know what is going on with her hair now.

  • Alisa

    The show Nelly Carter was the nanny, father was a cop. Her daughter went to Hampton University. Saw Nelly Carter riding on a cart when I was in the Detroit airport on my way to Cyprus.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    He WAS on drugs. Way back when. A victim of that child star curse. But he seems to have his life together now which is great to see.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Bwahahahahaha!!!! Okay…

  • Alisa

    I was just thinking about that. Look at the world now. Back then you had to write a letter to the fanclub. And that was the only way you knew info it was really controlled then. And every issue had a poster WOW now I’m thinking about seventeen magazine Use to love getting the Back To School issues

  • Alisa

    Wasn’t he on Chicago Hope?

  • 80sChild

    Your description smh hahahahaha lol is on point!

  • Yoni

    I will NOT tell a lie. LOL

  • Alisa

    Remember Kim Fields was one of Penny’s friend. And Gary Coleman they were all in one episode. Gary Coleman was playing the sheep in the school play. Then Kim was with Florida in the snowstorm..

  • 1/8

    Cynthia Horner did an interview a few years ago. I believe it’s on YouTube. She talked about how Michael Jackson convinced her to run a story on Prince, because she wasn’t really impressed with him!

  • 1/8

    By the way, I used to live for the posters! My cousins and I used to have poster trading parties.

  • HelloToni

    She was always fixing things. Joe reminded me too much of my older sister…I didn’t like her too much lol.

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    Kim did appear on Different Strokes as part of the eastland girls.But she still never played his girlfriend. I stopped watching it when it moved to another network in the last few seasons…

  • HelloToni

    Good. I want to see him win.

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    I was wrong about Kim not appearing on Different Strokes. But she still never played Todd’s girlfriend though.She was on there as part of the eastland girls from “Facts Of Life”. She audition to play Gary Coleman’s girlfriend. But was too tall & didn’t get it.

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    Kim still didn’t play Todd’s girlfriend on Different Strokes! Which is what the disagreement was about.

  • Meme81

    See, this is a good look for you, Kim. RHOA is definitely NOT!

  • Meme81

    I sooo feel Kim’s pain. But she really needs to leave the show. The only reason she should’ve come anywhere near them is to baptize them in holy water.

  • Meme81

    Yeah, no shade to Clorice Leachman, but the Garrett years are better.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Awww it’s good to see Ms. Charlotte as I used to love both shows as a kid. They look nice.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    THE ONLY POINT AUNTIE IS MAKING IS ONE: THIS HER BLAWG AND TWO: IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE TO FACT CHECK.

  • Renee Bee

    He sure was on Chicago Hope. Your memory is great.

  • Vixen

    Girl, you taking back. Lol.

  • kgirl33

    Oh Goodness, stop being an a** kisser

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Mama Soul promptly threw my azz outside to skate in the driveway………………… I stopped and passed out right here. Mama Soul said you not scuffing up her floors , with your damn roller skates.????

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    No, she really did though! LOL!!!!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    They look like kin!

  • Mister Fantastic

    That’s what’s up

  • LuLu

    He was also on Roseanne!

  • ihatethesebitches

    Tootie was not his girlfriend on the show! Charlene (Janet Jackson) was!! Get it straight!

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Taco Juice

    Young Sisters and Brothers (YSB) was sometimes hard to find and wasn’t around nearly as long as the other teen mags. Most people born after 1982 (?) wouldn’t remember Sepia because they went out of business around this time. Here’s one of the last with Eddie Murphy on the cover.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf407099112a0fc854b892eaf9f4beee98027e0e5e61321e7dbf94b7edd09816.jpg

  • ihatethesebitches

    She also play Demond Wilson’s (” Sanford and Son’s Lamont) daughter on a short lived show called, “Baby, I’m back,” with Denise Nichols. Now, I’m telling my age. Lol.

  • TheRealLee

    These two are the survivors. I hope they keep doing well.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    This must have been before Todd started dating Janet Jackson. He confirmed he got the cookies. I remember reading his allowance was $200 a week and Janet’s allowance was $500 a week. This was like an 81-82 Ebony mag I read, so that was great money for teenagers.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I remember that. It was funny!!

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    When your reporting entertainment news EVERYTHING is suppose to be ACCURATE! She was wrong in reporting that Kim played Todd’s girlfriend on “Different Strokes. Everything else is irrelevant .I’ve had to correct her more than once before..

  • 1/8

    Thanks for the clarification. I believe my mom still has some of my old magazines tucked away somewhere.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    LIKE I SAID…IT’S HER BLOG. REPLY TO HER OR KEEP IT MOVING.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    I WASN’T AWARE THAT INTERACTION IN A CERTAIN TONE WAS ASS KISSING…ESPECIALLY WHEN I HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN.

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    U the one butted in! When it had NOTHING TO DO WITH U!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Can’t we all get along?

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    YOU’RE RIGHT… NEXT TIME CONTINUE TO BE WRONG AND LOOK FOOLISH.

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    NEVER that! It’s obvious U working for her..

  • S. Williams

    got the golden girls on dvd 5yrs ago. all se’um seasons

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    OK…TROLL ON TROLLETTE

  • kco0l;s ChocolateBox

    ALL MALE HERE!!!

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    ALL THE MORE REASON TO QUIT WHILE AHEAD.