Known as the chubby girl at Eastland, Natalie was bold, confident, and proud of her curvy figure. In real life, Charlotte Rae and the producers discovered Mindy Cohn when they visited an all-girls school doing research. They fell in love with Cohn's personality and wrote the part of Natalie for her. After "Facts," Cohn made numerous appearances on TV shows like "Dream On," "Suddenly Susan," and "Hot in Cleveland." She was also a regular on two short-lived series, "The Second Half" (1993) and "The Help" (2004).
It is in the voice-over world where Cohn really hit her stride. Starting with a guest spot on "The Kids From Room 402" in 1999, she has parlayed her recognizable nasally voice into an Emmy-nominated career. She has done turns on "Kim Possible," "Dexter's Laboratory," and "Family Guy." Since 2004, she's been the voice of Velma in the Scooby-Doo franchise, working on dozens of TV series and video games.
Cohn has graced the small screen recently, playing Dylan's mom on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," once again teaming up with her "Facts of Life" co-star Molly Ringwald. Cohn has also not shied away from reality TV, opening herself up to reliving scary experiences on "Celebrity Ghost Stories," being torn apart by fashion divas on "What Not to Wear," and most recently contributing her interior decorating expertise on a very special episode of "HGTV Design Star All-Stars."
'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