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DWTS Alums Reunited for TV Legend’s 100th Anniversary: ​​PHOTO

Two “Dancing With the Stars” celebrities had a recent reunion.

Nancy McKeon, who competed in the 27e season of DWTS and collaborated with Val Chmerkovskiy. The 56-year-old actress is best known for her role on the long-running 1980s NBC sitcom, “The Facts of Life,” where she played rebellious high school student Jo Polniaczek, according to IMDb.

McKeon’s “Facts of Life” co-star Kim Fields is also a DWTS alum. Fields, 53, competed in the 22nd season of ABC’s celebrity ballroom competition, per Entertainment Tonight, where she teamed up with Sasha Farber. For the most memorable year’s week, she performed a foxtrot on the theme song “Facts of Life” and dressed up as her sitcom character Tootie Ramsey.

The show also starred Mindy Cohn, Lisa Whelchel and Charlotte Rae. Fast forward 34 years after the “Facts of Life” finale, and three of its stars reunited for a very special reason.

“The Facts of Life” was broadcast from 1979 to 1988 and was produced by the production company of the famous television producer Norman Lear. The sitcom followed a group of students who attended a private preschool, Eastland Academy.

In an Instagram post Cohn shared on September 9, 2022, McKeon and Fields were pictured posing with her at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. All three women, now in their fifties, were back together in honor of Lear’s 100e birthday. “Celebrating @thenormanlear’s 100th birthday with these brilliant, beautiful women who I proudly call my family. #iloveus,” Cohn wrote with the photo.

Rae died in 2018 at the age of 92, but Whelchel, who played wealthy girl Blair Warner on the series, was conspicuously missing from the reunion photo. But Whelchel was present at Lear’s celebration. She responded to Cohn’s photo with, “Beautiful! I’m disappointed I didn’t see you before you left.”

Lear turned 100 on July 27, 2022. According to Variety, his life will be celebrated with a two-hour TV special titled “Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter,” which airs on ABC on September 22 at 9 p.m. ET. It wouldn’t be surprising if the ‘Facts of Life’ stars make an appearance on the special, as Lear’s career is being honored.

In December 2021, three ‘Facts of Life’ co-stars reunited for the live TV special ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’, which remade a classic episode, ‘Kids Can Be Cruel’ by a cast including Jennifer Aniston and Gabrielle Union.

Whelchel wore an Eastland Academy uniform and performed the original theme song before being joined by Fields and Cohn, according to Entertainment Weekly. Whelchel later told Extra that she was disappointed that McKeon hadn’t joined the cast for the TV reunion.

“We missed Nancy McKeon,” she said. “It was sad that there were not four of us, but it’s always fun… Nancy was home and they just moved in and her kids just started school so it was hard for her to make the trip .”

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