Edna Garrett left Diff'rent Strokes to become a housemother to seven young girls at the Eastland Academy in Peekskill, New York. The rest, is Facts of Life history.
One of those seven girls was Molly Ringwald, but after season one, they trimmed the roster down to Natialie, Blair and Tootie and introduced a new girl, the street wise Jo. Here's the opening from that initial season.
Edna Garrett couldn't stick with one career. She went from Drummond housekeeper to Eastland Academy housemother to owner of Edna's Edibles and then Over Our Heads. Along the way, some guy named George Clooney joined the cast to give the girls something to look at. Here's an intro featuring Mr. Clooney.
Mindy Cohn's voice is in our house a lot these days. She's the voice of Velma on the new Scooby-Doo DVDs my kids devour like candy.