Kim Fields is finest identified to many who grew up within the Seventies and ’80s as Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey, her character on The Information Of Life. (She additionally confirmed up as Tootie within the present The Information of Life was spun-off from, Diff’hire Strokes.) Whereas Tootie was 12 within the first season of The Information of Life, Fields was simply 9 years previous, which means that she actually was rising up onscreen. In 2021, the actor advised Folks that being a baby star is surreal, particularly being on such a beloved collection. “You do not understand, ‘This present is groundbreaking,'” she mentioned. “You are simply grateful to point out as much as a job. I definitely did not suppose that it was as monumental as it might go on to develop into. It was a special sort of coming-of-age. And to do this in that atmosphere was simply actually spectacular.” It was a such a spectacular expertise that Fields stored performing, happening to extra iconic roles. Learn on to study extra.
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After The Information of Life, Fields continued to work steadily, together with taking over visitor roles in hit collection like Martin, 227, and The Recent Prince of Bel-Air. She discovered sitcom success once more as an grownup in 1993, when she joined the primary solid of Dwelling Single, taking part in the useless, boy-crazy Regine Hunter. She additionally reprised the function in an episode of the short-lived collection, The Crew.
And her profession did not cease there. Fields has appeared in episodes of exhibits together with Kenan & Kel, The Drew Carey Present, The Comeback, and different standard primetime collection within the late ’90s and early ’00s. In 2016, she was a part of the primary solid of The Actual Housewives of Atlanta Season 8 however left after a tough combat with Kenya Moore. She competed on Season 22 of Dancing With the Stars. She’s been in dozens of TV motion pictures all through her profession and appeared as herself within the Information of Life and Diff’hire Strokes episode of the particular, Reside in Entrance of a Studio Viewers. She at the moment stars as Regina within the Netflix comedy, The Upshaws, which returns for a second season this 12 months.
Along with performing, Fields has additionally distinguished herself as a TV director. Her first behind-the-camera credit come from Dwelling Single, however she additionally directed 27 episodes of Kenan & Kel and 39 episodes of Tyler Perry’s Home of Payne, amongst different exhibits.
Fields grew to become mates with Janet Jackson when she performed Charlene on Diff’hire Strokes, they usually stay friends immediately. This month, Fields posted a video to Instagram of the 2 assembly up and embracing at this 12 months’s Essence Pageant in New Orleans with the caption, “as if no time had handed.” Her Dwelling Single costar Erika Alexander and RHOA alum Cynthia Bailey had been among the many celebrities who commented on the submit, cheering the lifelong friendship alongside.
Though many iconic ’90s exhibits have been rebooted, Fields would not suppose that Dwelling Single needs to be one in all them. She advised Leisure Tonight in 2020 that she and the solid have their very own textual content thread and one which additionally consists of present creator Yvette Lee Bowser the place they discuss in regards to the chance. “We hold saying the [text] thread actually simply must be the reboot,” she advised the outlet. However in all seriousness, she would not suppose a revival would in the end honor the characters correctly. “We acknowledge how valued the present is—not was, however is,” she added. “You may’t simply run up and say, ‘Properly, let’s simply present the place they might be now 20 years later, no matter it’s, you already know. It truly is strategic and in creatively scientific phrases of what these characters could be now and who they might be and what they might be. And what have they been by way of, and, you already know, all of that.”
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Folks additionally usually ask Fields if she’d ever make a return to RHOA given how drama-packed her season was. Alas, that is not within the playing cards, in accordance with her. It has nothing to do along with her former co-stars, although. Fields advised ET in 2021, “You already know, it was a kind of issues the place I celebrated my fortieth anniversary in present enterprise, and I believed, ‘At this level, the mandate is, and continues to be, [asking myself] what have not I carried out? I want new and uncharted waters. And I did that, so there is no want to do this once more.”
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Fields has been married twice. Her first marriage was to producer Jonathan Freeman, from 1995 till 2001. And in 2007, she married stage actor Christopher Morgan, with whom she’s nonetheless collectively. The couple share two sons: Sebastian, born in 2007, and Quincy, born in 2013.