Kim Fields

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Kim Fields
Kim Fields 2011.jpg
Fields in 2011
Born Kim Victoria Fields
(1969-05-12) May 12, 1969 (age 47)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Kim Fields Freeman, Kim Fields Franklin
Education Pepperdine University
Occupation Actress, singer, director
Years active 1977–present
Known for The Facts of Life, Living Single
Spouse(s) Johnathon Franklin Freeman (m. 1995–2001)
Christopher Morgan (m. 2007)
Children 2
Parent(s) Chip Fields (mother)
Family Alexis Fields (sister)

Kim Victoria Fields (born May 12, 1969) is an American actress, singer, and television director. Fields is known for her roles as Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life (1979–88), and as Regina "Regine" Hunter on the Fox sitcom Living Single (1993–98). Fields is the daughter of actress/director Chip Fields and older sister of actress Alexis Fields.

Career[edit]

1977–79: Early career[edit]

Before appearing on Facts of Life, Fields co-starred in a short-lived sitcom called Baby, I'm Back with Demond Wilson and Denise Nicholas, and appeared in a television commercial for Mrs. Butterworth's pancake syrup. She later appeared on Good Times as a friend of Penny Gordon Woods, played by Janet Jackson. Her real-life mother, Chip Fields, guest-starred on Good Times as the mother of Penny. Chip and Kim never appeared in the same episodes. Kim's episodes on Good Times were "The Snow Storm" and "The Physical."

1979–88: The Facts of Life and music career[edit]

Fields played the role of Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the sitcom The Facts of Life from 1979 to 1988. Even decades later, many still recognize her catchphrase, "We're in troouu-ble!" When the show began production, Fields was so short that the producers put her on roller skates during the first season so that they could avoid difficult camera angles. Ironically, she later lost a role as Arnold Jackson's girlfriend on The Facts of Life's parent show Diff'rent Strokes because she was taller than Gary Coleman, who played Arnold. In 1984, during the run of Facts of Life, Fields released two singles on the Critique Records label: the disco/Hi-NRG "He Loves Me He Loves Me Not" (which became a minor club hit), and "Dear Michael" (which became a minor R&B hit, reaching #50).

1989–2009: Education, Living Single and directing[edit]

After taking time away from acting to attend Pepperdine University. Fields also appeared in an 1993 episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which Will Smith pretended to marry her in an attempt to seduce her. Fields had a starring role in the hit Fox sitcom Living Single from 1993 to 1998 as Regina "Regine" Hunter. After the cancellation of Living Single, Fields began performing rap music and R&B with a group called Impromp 2.[citation needed]With her degree from Pepperdine University, Fields began directing. Fields directed a number of episodes of the All That! spin-off Kenan & Kel, in which she also appeared in two episodes. She has worked as a director on the sitcoms Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry's House of Payne and BET's Let's Stay Together. Fields guest-starred on television series such as One on One, The Golden Palace, and appeared as herself on HBO's The Comeback. On February 1, 2007, Fields was reunited with Lisa Whelchel on WFAA-TV's Good Morning Texas. Fields was in Dallas to promote her appearance in the production Issues: We've All Got 'Em when Whelchel was introduced as a surprise guest. It marked the first time in six years (since The Facts of Life Reunion movie) that Fields and Whelchel had seen each other.

2010–present[edit]

On August 18, 2015, it was announced that she would be joining the cast of Bravo reality television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta for season eight.[1] On March 21, 2016 she announced that she will not return to the Atlanta Housewives for another season. On March 8, 2016, Fields was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with professional dancer Sasha Farber.[2] On May 2, 2016, during a double elimination, Fields and Farber were eliminated and finished the competition in 8th place.

Personal life[edit]

Fields was married to film producer Jonathon Freeman from 1995-2001. Fields gave birth to her first child, Sebastian Alexander Morgan, by then-boyfriend, Broadway actor Christopher Morgan on May 4, 2007.[3] The couple introduced their son the following week in People magazine.[4] On July 23, 2007, they were married in a private ceremony officiated by Pastor Donnie McClurkin. On July 24, 2013, she announced on the talk show, The Real, that she and her husband were expecting another child, a boy.[5] The couple welcomed their second son, Quincy Morgan, on December 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Acting[edit]

TV and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Have I Got a Christmas for You Sharon Hayes TV movie
1978 Baby, I'm Back Angie Ellis 13 episodes
1978–1979 Good Times Kim 2 episodes
1979–1981 Diff'rent Strokes Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey 5 episodes
1979 Mork & Mindy Patti Episode: "Mork's Health Hints"
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Lydia Haley Episode 6
1979–1988 The Facts of Life Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey 202 episodes
1980 Children of Divorce Denise Williams TV movie
1980 The Comeback Kid Molly TV movie
1982 The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey TV movie
1982 The Kid with the Broken Halo Teri Desautel TV movie
1984 Pryor's Place Rita Episode: "Cousin Rita "
1987 The Facts of Life Down Under Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey TV movie
1988 227 Donna Dalton Episode: "The Roommate"
1992 Martin Monica Hurd Episode: "Radio Days"
1992 The Golden Palace Trisha Episode: "Can't Stand Losing You"
1993–1998 Living Single Regine Hunter 118 episodes
1993 Roc Ruth Episode: "Second Time Around"
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Monique Episode: "The Best Laid Plans"
1995 The Crew Regine Hunter Episode: "The Mating Season"
1996 C Bear and Jamal Maya Voice role
1997/1999 Kenan & Kel Miss Horn 2 episodes
1998 Cupid Theresa Episode: "Hung Jury"
1999 Uninvited Guest Mecca
2000 Glow Miss Downey
2000 Hidden Blessings Carrie McNichols TV movie
2000 Strong Medicine Lottie Episode: "Side Effects"
2001 Me & Mrs. Jones Desiree
2001 The Drew Carey Show Kate's Double Episode: "What's Wrong with This Episode IV"
2001 The Facts of Life Reunion Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey TV movie
2001 The Steve Harvey Show Corrine Episode: "Dissin' Cousins"
2003 Miss Match LA Weekly Reporter Episode: "Matchmaker, Matchmaker"
2004 One on One Ms. Swain 2 episodes
2004 The Division Principal Ogden Episode(s): "Zero Tolerance" (parts 1 & 2)
2005 The Comeback Herself Episode: Pilot
2006 Eve Rochelle Episode: "Banishing Acts"
2008 The Cleaner Carla Anders Episode: "Lie with Me"
2010 Monster Mutt Valerie Williams
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Social Worker
2014 For Better or For Worse Roseanne TV movie
2015–2016 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Season 8
2016 Dancing with the Stars Herself Season 22

Directing[edit]

Year Title Notes
1996, 1997 Living Single 2 episodes
1996–2000 Kenan & Kel 27 episodes
2009–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne 8 episodes
2011 Let's Stay Together 3 episodes

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