You Take the Young, You Take the Old: The 'Facts of Life' Cast, Then and Now

Happy birthday, Kim Fields!

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Happy birthday, Kim Fields!

The actress celebrated the big 4-5 on Monday, but we’ll always know her as little Tootie, the pigtailed, roller-skating youngest member of the Facts of Life crew.

Nearly 35 years after The Facts of Life premiered in 1979, PEOPLE presents the Eastland ladies posing with their younger selves. As one of TV’s most memorable theme songs goes, there’s a time you got to go and show you’re growin’.

All illustrations by Linzi Silverman and Tiffany Hagler-Geard for

Kim Fields

Fields is now a grown mom of two, but as a mischievous preteen, Tootie Ramsey often uttered the catchphrase “We’re in trou-ble.”

Lisa Whelchel

Like Blair Warner, the Survivor contestant is still full of “brilliant ideas.”

Nancy McKeon

McKeon played Jo Polniaczek, prissy Blair’s tomboyish nemesis, but the pair remain pals in real life. “She’ll be a lifelong friend,” Whelchel told PEOPLE of McKeon in 2012.

Mindy Cohn

Levelheaded aspiring writer Natalie Green would likely approve of adult Cohn, who admitted to being “freakishly well-adjusted” in a recent Huffington Post blog.

Charlotte Rae

Rae, who played Eastland’s beloved den mother Edna Garrett, recently celebrated her 88th birthday.

George Clooney

Clooney’s stint as handyman George Burnett lasted only a couple seasons, but fortunately things turned out OK for the A-list actor.

Cloris Leachman

Leachman, who replaced Rae as the series’ maternal figure in its last two seasons, has remained in the spotlight, competing on Dancing with the Starsat the age of 82 in 2008.

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