The Facts of Life Cast Members Reunite for the Show's 35th Anniversary

Thirty-five years after The Facts of Life made its TV debut, the stars are still taking the good and taking the bad – though they admit there’s been a whole lot more of the former.

Facts of Life's Kim Fields and Lisa Whelchel Reunite in New TV Movie: 'It's Like Old Times'

When Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields landed starring roles on The Facts of Life in 1979, they had no idea that their characters would become ’80s icons – or that they’d become such close friends.

The Facts of Life's Lisa Whelchel Is Queen of the Throwback Selfie

Over the course of nine seasons on The Facts of Life, Lisa Whelchel was an expert at taking the good with the bad.

Now, she’s an expert at taking selfies.

At a recent lunch with Charlotte Rae, who played den mother Mrs. Garrett on the long-running ’80s sitcom, Whelchel shared a touching self-portrait of the two former costars.

Lisa Whelchel Sounds Off on Exercise and Dating at 50

Lisa Whelchel has tried every exercise in the book – and she’s suffered the injuries to prove it.

“I hurt my shoulder playing racquetball, I have a lower back injury from an aerobics class and I messed up my feet while training to climb Mount Whitney,” she tells PEOPLE. “Even on Survivor, when I did the mud challenge, I developed sciatica that has continued to give me trouble.”

Lisa Whelchel Returns to Acting in a Tyler Perry Movie

Prepare to see more of Lisa Whelchel.

Almost 25 years after The Facts of Life went off the air, Whelchel, 49, has joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.

But instead of playing a spoiled prep school student, she’ll be someone in charge. “I play the role of Nancy Porter, the country school principal,” Whelchel tells PEOPLE. “I’m having fun!”

Lisa Whelchel Shares Her Post-Survivor Plans

Denise Stapley Wins Survivor: Philippines

The latest season of Survivor was volatile, cutthroat and ultimately satisfying with the crowning of the show’s newest winner on Sunday night.

Stephen Fishbach Blogs About Lisa Whelchel's End-Game Survivor Strategy

“You’re going to want to show that either you were the top villain or the top hero or the top something. You’re going to want to show you had the gameplay to get you there, and you even turned on your own to get you there. That is the game.”
– Rupert Boneham, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Oh, Lisa. I don’t know why week to week I let you toy with my heart the way you do.

Lisa Whelchel 'Hit Rock Bottom' on Survivor, Says Brother

They’re hungry. They’re tired. They’re uncomfortable. But by day 31, Survivor contestants can often struggle with crippling homesickness.

Stephen Fishbach Blogs: Abi-Maria Gomes Has 'Subtlety of a Wounded Walrus' on Survivor

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

“You need to pick one side or the other. You can’t keep flipping.”
– Amanda Kimmel, Survivor: Micronesia