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She Played Jo on 'The Facts of Life.' See Nancy McKeon Now at 56.

Best Life Logo By Joel Cunningham of Best Life | Slide 1 of 6: When The Facts of Life—a spinoff of Diff'rent Strokes focused on an all-girls boarding school—returned for its second season in 1980, it was without four of its original cast members (including a young, brunette Molly Ringwald, who played Molly Parker). In their place arrived a surprising addition to the cast in the form of a motorcycle-riding Bronx-born tomboy named Jo Polniaczek.During her seven seasons playing the rough-and-tumble Jo, Nancy McKeon would bring main characters Tootie (Kim Fields), Blair (Lisa Whelchel), and Natalie (Mindy Cohn) closer together (via the punishment the five received after stealing the school's van to drink at a local bar); bicker with Blair; and intimidate men with her mechanical aptitude. Neither her acting career nor her ties to her Facts of Life co-stars would end with the show in 1988, however. Read on to find out what happened to McKeon in the decades that followed and where she is now at age 56.READ THIS NEXT: She Played Natalie on The Facts of Life. See Mindy Cohn Now at 55.Read the original article on Best Life.

She Played Jo on 'The Facts of Life.' See Nancy McKeon Now at 56.

When The Facts of Life—a spinoff of Diff'rent Strokes focused on an all-girls boarding school—returned for its second season in 1980, it was without four of its original cast members (including a young, brunette Molly Ringwald, who played Molly Parker). In their place arrived a surprising addition to the cast in the form of a motorcycle-riding Bronx-born tomboy named Jo Polniaczek.

During her seven seasons playing the rough-and-tumble Jo, Nancy McKeon would bring main characters Tootie (Kim Fields), Blair (Lisa Whelchel), and Natalie (Mindy Cohn) closer together (via the punishment the five received after stealing the school's van to drink at a local bar); bicker with Blair; and intimidate men with her mechanical aptitude. Neither her acting career nor her ties to her Facts of Life co-stars would end with the show in 1988, however. Read on to find out what happened to McKeon in the decades that followed and where she is now at age 56.

READ THIS NEXT: She Played Natalie on The Facts of Life. See Mindy Cohn Now at 55.

Read the original article on Best Life.

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