Lisa Whelchel

Lisa Whelchel was born in Littlefield, Texas, USA on Wednesday, May 29, 1963. She is the daughter of James “Jimmy” and Virginia “Genny” Whelchel. Her parents divorced in 1981 and her mother married Roy Coleman in 1983. She has a younger brother, James (Cody) Whelchel, and a younger half-brother, Casey Coleman. Raised in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, she is an American actress, singer-songwriter, author, and speaker. She discovered acting at age 8 and performed in musical theater for the next four years. At 10 she became a born-again Christian and devoted her life to her Christian faith. When she was 12 she wrote to the Disney Studios asking for an audition as a Mouseketeer on The New Mickey Mouse Club (1977). She moved to California the next year and appeared in syndication from 1977-1978. In 1979, she began her starring role as wealthy, preppy, private-school girl “Blair Warner” on The Facts of Life (1979). The show lasted nine years and she filmed the last regular episode, The Facts of Life: Big Apple Blues (1988) televised on Saturday, March 19th, 1988. 6 and 7 weeks later came two larger-cast specials, The Facts of Life: The Beginning of the End (1988), televised on Saturday, April 30, 1988, and the series finale, The Facts of Life: The Beginning of the Beginning (1988) televised on Saturday, May 7, 1988. On Saturday, July 9, 1988, she married Steven Cauble, who was an associate pastor at Whelchel’s church, “The Church On the Way” in Van Nuys, California. On Saturday, January 17, 1990, she gave birth to son Tucker Stephenson Cauble (aka Tucker Cauble). Her second child and first daughter, Haven Katherine Hill Cauble, was born on Thursday, September 26, 1991, followed by third child and second daughter, Clancy Elizabeth Cauble (aka Clancy Cauble), who was born on Thursday, November 12, 1992. She released a Christian pop album, “All Because of You,” in 1984. The next year she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance. She has written many books including “Creative Correction”, “So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling”, “The Facts of Life (and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me)”, “Friendships for Grown-Ups”, “Taking Care of the Me in Mommy”, and “Speaking Mom-Ese”. In 2001, she reprized her role of “Blair Warner” for the made-for-television movie, The Wonderful World of Disney: The Facts of Life Reunion (2001), on the ABC Network. On Sunday, March 7, 2004, she and Charlotte Rae performed “The Facts of Life” theme song at the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards. On Thursday, April 10, 2011, Whelchel and the cast of The Facts of Life (1979), including Charlotte Rae, Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, Geri Jewell & Cloris Leachman were honored with the Pop Culture Award at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center in New York City. She officially divorced her husband, Steven Cauble, on Thursday, March 1, 2012, after 23 years of marriage. She appeared on the 25th season of Survivor (2000), located in the Philippine Islands, as part of the Tandang tribe. The first episode aired on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. She appeared on the CBS talk show, The Talk (2010), to promote her appearance on “Survivor” on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Whelchel appeared on “The Jeff Probst Show” (2012) on Monday, October 29, 2012, on the episode, “Teen Star Lisa Whelchel: Surviving ‘Survivor’ and Divorce”. She also appeared on a second episode titled “Survivor Finalists” along with fellow ‘Survivor: Philippines’ contestants, Abi-Maria Gomes, Michael Skupin, Denise Stapley and Malcolm Freberg for being in the final five. On Wednesday, December 16, 2012, during the 25th Season Reunion Show on CBS, “America’s Sweetheart” won the fan-voted Sprint Player of the Season by 0.7% over Malcolm which is the closest margin of victory in Survivor history. The prize money that Lisa Whelchel won was $100,000 U.S. Lisa began to co-host on The Jeff Probst Show (2012) with filming, that started televising in January of 2013.

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