The Facts of Life
“I base all my decisions in spirit. I pray on all things big and small and I know that I will follow the right path set forth for me. Faith has brought me through the best and the worst of times.” Kim Fields
African American actress, director and the owner of a production company called Victory Entertainment, Kim Fields is best known to TV audiences for her roles of Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey on the NBC long running sitcom “The Facts of Life” (1979-1988), from which she won two Young Artist Awards, and Regina Hunter on the hit Fox sitcom “Living Single” (1993-1998), where she received a 1996 Image nomination. She also directed the docudrama “Silent Bomb” (1994), the miniseries “A Royal Birthday” (2006, also co-wrote) and appeared in and directed several TV episodes. She will soon appear in Todd Tucker’s “Monster Mutt” (2010) and provide the voice of Sonya in the animated movie “Stork” (2010).
Fields was married to Johnathon Franklin Freeman from 1995 to 2001. She is currently the wife of actor Christopher Morgan and the mother of a young son named Sam. One of VH1's “100 Greatest Kid Stars,” she dated fellow “Living Single” cast member John Henton for a year. In 1999, Fields was arrested while protesting the police shooting of a black woman in Riverside, California.
Childhood and Family:
Kim Victoria Fields was born on May 12, 1969, in New York, New York. Her mother is actress Chip Fields (born on August 5, 1951) from the sitcom “Good Times.” Kim is the older sister of actress Alexis Fields (born on March 3, 1979), who portrayed Diavian Johnson in “Sister, Sister.” She also has a sister named Jere Fields who was the voice of Misty Magic in the 1981 series “Kid Superpower Hour with Shazam!”
Raised in Los Angeles, Kim attended Burbank High School where she became a baseball manager and worked in the office. She also acted in school plays and was selected “Most Talented” by her school peers. She graduated high school in 1986. Kim later received a degree in broadcast journalism and TV production from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Kim Fields, whose nicknames are Ruth, Kimmy and The Vet, was married to Johnathon Franklin Freeman from 1995 to 2001. On May 4, 2007, she gave birth to a son they named Sebastian Alexander Morgan (Sam) with her fiancé, actor Christopher Morgan. The couple married on July 23, 2007, in a private ceremony. Kim is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Coming from a show business family, Kim Fields began her career at age 3 when she made her acting debut in “Come Back, Charleston Blue” (1972). In 1974, she received a role in the film “The Taking Of Pelham 1-2-3.” She broke into the small screen four years later when she landed the role of Angie Ellis on the short lived sitcom “Baby, I'm Back” (1978). She next appeared as Janet Jackson's friend in two episodes of “Good Times” (1978-79) and took the role of Lydia Haley in the miniseries “Roots: The Second Generation” (1978).
Fields did not hit the big time until she won the role of Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey on the NBC sitcom “The Facts of Life,” which ran from 1979 to 1988, after being spotted in a commercial for pancake syrup, Fields picked up Young Artists awards in 1981 and 1982 in the category of Best Young Comedienne for her performance. Her mother, Chip Fields, also appeared in two episodes of the sitcom.
While working on the long running show, Fields appeared with John Ritter in the baseball TV movie “The Comeback Kid” (1980), portrayed Denise in the television movie “Children of Divorce” (1980) and supported Gary Coleman in the comedy TV film “The Kid with the Broken Halo” (1982). She also appeared in several episodes of the comedy series “Diff'rent Strokes” (1979-1981) and in the TV films “The Facts of Life Goes to Paris” (1982) and “The Facts of Life Down Under” (1987).
When “The Facts of Life” ended in 1988, Fields decided to go to college but remained active in acting by appearing in school plays and directing music videos. She returned to television in 1992 with guest spots on such series as “The Golden Palace,” “Roc” and “Martin.” After appearing as Monique in an episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Fields made the switch to adult roles when she portrayed the reoccurring role of Regina Hunter on the popular Fox sitcom “Living Single” (1993-1998), opposite Queen Latifah. She was nominated for an Image in 1996 in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Fields also directed the episodes “Glass Ceiling” (1996) and “Living Single Undercover” (1997). In between, she directing, produced and co-wrote the docudrama “Silent Bomb” (1994), which was about a female police officer whose life is turned upside down after she discovers she is infected with HIV.
Fields next teamed up with Mekhi Phifer, Mari Morrow, Malinda Williams and Mel Jackson in the award winning, festival screened “An Invented Guest” (1999), starred as Miss Downey in the independent film “Glow” (2000) and supported Cynda Williams and Marc Gomes in the TV film “Hidden Blessings” (2000), which was based on a novel by Jacquelin Thomas. In 2001, she was reunited with “The Facts of Life” costars for the TV film “The Facts of Life Reunion.” The same year, she also returned to the director's chair to helm several episodes of the short lived comedy series “Taina” (2001-2002) and costarred with Wanda Christine and Brian J. White in the romantic comedy “Me & Mrs. Jones.”
In 2002, Fields starred as Dr. Cheryl Drake on the TV series “The Residents of Washington Heights” and served as a director and associate producer of the talk show “Teen Talk” (2002). Two years later, she executive produced the 2004 drama film “Tall, Dark & Handsome.” Also in 2004, she appeared in episodes of “The Division” and “One on One.” She next acted in the TV film “Bow” (2005), portrayed herself in a TV pilot for HBO called “The Comeback” (2005) and guest starred in an episode of “Eve” (2006). Fields then co-wrote and directed the miniseries “A Royal Birthday” (2006) and directed an episode of “Just Jordan” in 2007 called “Krumpshakers.” She will soon appear in Todd Tucker’s “Monster Mutt” (2010) and provide the voice of Sonya in the animated movie “Stork” (2010).
In addition to acting, writing, directing and producing, Fields is a singer. As a child, she released a single titled “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” and recorded a cover of “Dear Michael” as a tribute to Michael Jackson. After the cancellation of “Living Single,” Fields emerged as an R&B and rap artist with the group Impromp2. In 2006, she changed her look and style and performed under the stage name “Blondielocks.” She also released a CD called “Smooth is Spoken Here.”
Young Artist: Best Young Comedienne - Motion Picture or Television, “The Facts of Life,” 1982
Young Artist: Best Young Comedienne, “The Facts of Life,” 1981