Rae played housemother Edna Garrett, the character who tied the spinoff to Diff’rent Strokes, until season 8, when Cloris Leachman was cast as her character’s sister. Mrs. G mentored the girls and worked as the school’s dietician. Now 91, Rae is still working in Hollywood: Her recent credits include Girl Meets World, Ricki and the Flash and Pretty Little Liars, and in 2015, she published her autobiography, The Facts of My Life.
As student Natalie Green, Cohn was an early role model for body positivity. Now 51, she’s an LGBT rights advocate and is known by a whole new generation for voicing Velma in the Scooby-Doo cartoons. But she stepped away from show business for health reasons: In October 2017, she revealed exclusively to PEOPLE that she secrely battled breast cancer for five years. “I was frustrated and enraged. I couldn’t control any of this. I couldn’t fix it,” she said. Today, she’s ready to return to the spotlight, telling PEOPLE, “I think I’m a good actress, and I have a lot to offer. I’m excited to see what I get to do next!”
Playing Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey, Fields made braces cool — and got into plenty of trou-ble with her penchant for gossip. The 48-year-old actress appeared on Fox’s Living Single and gave reality TV a try during season 8 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She also competed on Dancing with the Stars. But her best role is as mom to sons Sebastian, 10, and Quincy, 4, with husand Christopher Morgan.
Whelchel portrayed the preppy and snobby Blair Warner. She was nominated for a Grammy back in 1984 for her Christian music album. Now 54, she works as a motivational speaker. Whelchel came in second place on Survivor: Philippines in 2012 and has three children.
A season 2 addition, Joanna Marie “Jo” Polniaczek made an unforgettable entrance aboard a motocycle and immediately clashed with Blair — but she became an irreplaceable part of the group. Disney Channel fans will recognize McKeon, 51, as Demi Lovato’s character’s mom on Sonny with a Chance. She has two daughters of her own with husband Marc Andrus.