'Survivor: Philippines' Lisa Whelchel: 'Facts of Life's' Blair Says, 'I Wasn't Recruited...I'm a Survivor Superfan!'


Get your facts straight: "Facts of Life" star Lisa Whelchel isn't competing on "Survivor: Philippines" to revive her acting career. "I'm a superfan of 'Survivor,'" Whelchel told Zap2it in the Philippines the day before the start of the game she said she was "born to play." When we gushed about meeting TV's original Queen B, Whelchel said, "How you feel about 'Facts of Life' is how I feel about 'Survivor.'" "I wasn't recruited," she insists. "I was going after it." So why now? Would you believe "stereotypical empty nest"? "I left showbiz to be a stay-at-home wife and mother and just cherished every moment," says Whelchel, a devout Christian who home-schooled her kids. But when her youngest child left for college last fall, Whelchel said she "went on a vision quest" to answer the question of what to do with her life. First stop: "Survivor." In addition to the adventure and chance to win a...



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