Partway through "The Facts of Life," Charlotte Rae moved on from the series, leaving the girls without a den mother. In came Cloris Leachman to the rescue. At the beginning of Season 8, Mrs. Garrett left her sister Beverly Ann to care for the girls when she went off to Africa. Beverly Ann ran the local malt shop and adopted a young boy in the ultimate "Facts" jump-the-shark storyline.
And while many fans didn't accept her replacing the beloved Mrs. Garrett, it didn't seem to affect Leachman's now six-decade long career all that much. Since the series ended, she has had regular roles in six other series, including "The Nutt House," "The Ellen Show," and "Malcolm in the Middle." She currently runs around sometimes shirtless and often witless in the Fox comedy "Raising Hope," playing the not-often-lucid, but always hilarious, grandmother Maw Maw. Leachman has been nominated for 10 Emmys since "The Facts of Life" ended and has won three of them. In all, since the start of her career, Leachman has won eight Emmy Awards, more than any other actress.
On the big screen, she will be voicing a character in the upcoming animated film "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure," and she has four movies scheduled for release in 2013, including a part in the "Raging Bull" sequel-turned-not-a-sequel "The Bronx Bull."
'The Facts of Life': Where Are They Now?
Here's a rundown of what the "Facts of Life" cast has been up to. — Amy and Nancy Harrington, Yahoo! Contributor Network