Kim Fields

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Kim Fields
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Fields in 2019
Born
Kim Victoria Fields

New York City, U.S.
Other namesKim Fields Freeman
EducationPepperdine University (BA)
OccupationActress, director
Years active1977–present
Known forThe Facts of Life
Living Single
Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Upshaws
Spouse(s)
Johnathon Franklin Freeman
(m. 1995⁠–⁠2001)

Christopher Morgan
(m. 2007)
Children2
Parent(s)Chip Fields-Hurd (mother)

Kim Victoria Fields is an American actress and director. Fields is best known for her roles as Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life (1979–1988), and as Regine Hunter on the Fox sitcom Living Single (1993–1998). She currently stars in the Netflix original series The Upshaws.

Early life

Fields is the daughter of actress/director Chip Fields-Hurd, and the older sister of actress Alexis Fields, best known for her roles on Kenan & Kel, Moesha and Sister, Sister as well as Roc. Her mother Chip has been married to technical director Ervin Hurd since August 20, 1994. She is 1/8 Jamaican.

Career

Before appearing on The Facts of Life, Fields co-starred in a short-lived sitcom called Baby, I'm Back with Demond Wilson and Denise Nicholas, and she appeared in a television commercial for Mrs. Butterworth's syrup.[1][2] She later appeared on two episodes of Good Times as a friend of Penny Gordon Woods, played by Janet Jackson.[3] Kim's episodes on Good Times were "The Snow Storm" and "The Physical".

Fields played the role of Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life from 1979 to 1988. Even years 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. However, 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 The 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 No. 50).[4]

After taking time away from acting to attend Pepperdine University. Fields also appeared in a 1993 episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which Will Smith pretended to marry her in an attempt to seduce her.[5] Fields had a starring role in the hit Fox sitcom Living Single from 1993 to 1998 as Regina "Reginé" Hunter.[6]

After the cancellation of Living Single, Fields began performing rap music and R&B with a group called Impromp 2.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9][10][11]

Fields guest-starred on television shows such as UPN's One on One, The Golden Palace, and appeared as herself on HBO's The Comeback. On February 1, 2007, Fields was reunited with her co-star 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.

Fields in 2011

Fields has worked with her husband Christopher Morgan on projects. In 2010, she and Christopher produced and directed a Christmas television special called Holiday Love. They shot the entire show in three days. Holiday Love aired on TV One and a second episode aired for Christmas, 2011. In an interview that included background on Holiday Love, Fields described the Christmas special as restorative and transformative of her Christian faith.[12] Fields revived Holiday Love on the Internet in 2013.[13]

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 its eighth season.[14] On March 21, 2016, she announced that she would not return to the show 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.[15] On May 2, 2016, during a double elimination, Fields and Farber were eliminated and finished the competition in 8th place.

In 2017, Fields played the role of Theresa Newman in the Christian film A Question of Faith. The movie featured Fields' first co-starring appearance in a feature film and premiered in theaters on September 29, 2017.[16]

Currently, Fields stars on Netflix's The Upshaws.

Personal life

Fields was married to film producer Johnathon Franklin Freeman from 1995 to 2001.[17] Fields gave birth to her first child, Sebastian Alexander Morgan, by then-boyfriend, Broadway actor Christopher Morgan.[18] The couple introduced their son the following week in People magazine.[19] 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.[20] The couple welcomed their second son, Quincy Morgan, in Atlanta, Georgia.[21]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Have I Got a Christmas for You Sharon Hayes TV movie
1980 The Comeback Kid Molly TV Movie
Children of Divorce Denise Williams TV Movie
1982 The Kid with the Broken Halo Teri Desautel TV Movie
The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey TV Movie
1986 Stop the Madness Herself Video Short
1987 The Facts of Life Down Under Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey TV Movie
1989 The Boys: A Little Romance Herself Video Short
1995 For Better or For Worse, World's Wackiest Wedding Disasters Herself TV Movie
1999 Uninvited Guest Mecca
2000 Hidden Blessings Carrie McNichols TV Movie
Glow Miss Downey
2001 The Facts of Life Reunion Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey TV Movie
Me & Mrs. Jones Desiree
2005 Bow TV Movie
2010 Monster Mutt Valerie Williams TV Movie
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Renee Thompson
A Cross to Bear Joan TV Movie
2014 For Better or For Worse Roseanne TV Movie
2017 A Question of Faith Theresa Newman
Wrapped Up In Christmas Courtney Widmore TV Movie
2018 Merry Wish-Mas Celine TV Movie
2019 You Light Up My Christmas Emma Simmons TV Movie
2021 Adventures in Christmasing Parker Baldwin TV movie

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Baby, I'm Back Angie Ellis Main Cast
1978-79 Good Times Kim Supporting Cast: Season 6
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Lydia Haley Episode: "Part VI (1939-1950)"
Mork & Mindy Patti Episode: "Mork's Health Hints"
1979-81 Diff'rent Strokes Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey Supporting Cast: Season 1-4
1979-88 The Facts of Life Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey Main Cast
1980 The Righteous Apples LaShawn Episode: "A Dream Fulfilled"
1984 Pryor's Place Rita Episode: "Cousin Rita"
1985 Family Feud Herself Teen Celebrity Special Week
1988 227 Donna Dalton Episode: "The Roommate"
1992 The Golden Palace Trisha Episode: "Can't Stand Losing You"
Martin Monica Hurd Episode: "Radio Days"
1993 Roc Ruth Episode: "Second Time Around"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Monique Episode: "The Best Laid Plans"
1993-98 Living Single Regina "Regine" Hunter Main Cast
1995 The Crew Regina "Regine" Hunter Episode: "The Mating Season"
1996 C Bear and Jamal Maya (voice) Main Cast
1997-99 Kenan & Kel Miss Eliza Horn Episode: "The Crush" & "The Graduates"
1998 Cupid Theresa Episode: "Hung Jury"
2000 Strong Medicine Lottie Episode: "Side Effects"
2001 The Drew Carey Show Kate's Double Episode: "What's Wrong with This Episode IV"
The Steve Harvey Show Cousin Corrine Greer Episode: "Dissin' Cousins"
2002 The Residents of Washington Heights Dr. Cheryl Drake TV Series
2003 Miss Match Elizabeth Greene Episode: "Matchmaker, Matchmaker
2004 The Division Principal Theresa Ogden Episode: "Zero Tolerance: Part 1 & 2"
One on One Ms. Dana Swain Episode: "No More Wire Hangers" & "You Don't Have to Go Home..."
2005 The Comeback Herself Episode: Pilot
2006 Eve Rochelle Episode: "Banishing Acts"
2008 The Cleaner Carla Anders Episode: "Lie with Me"
2010 Meet the Browns Director Episode: "Meet the Neelys"
2015-16 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Main Cast: Season 8
2016 Dancing with the Stars Herself Season 22
2017 Living the Dream Rhoda Main Cast: Season 1
2019 Cobra Kai Sandra Episode: "The Moment of Truth"
2020 Insecure Mabel Episode: "Lowkey Trippin"
2021 The Upshaws Regina Upshaw Main Cast
Live in Front of a Studio Audience Herself Episode: "The Facts of Life" & "Diff'rent Strokes" [22]

Directing

Year Title Notes
1996–1997 Living Single 2 episodes
1996–2000 Kenan & Kel 27 episodes
2000 Noah Knows Best Episode: "Lost Night"
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Episode: "April Fools"
2001–2002 Taina 5 episodes
2002 Teen Talk
2005 Discoverin Monk and Trane: One Night at Carnegie Hall Short
Eve Episode: "Break Up to Make-Up"
2006 A Royal Birthday Miniseries
2007 Just Jordan Episode: "Krumpshakers"
2007 Anguilla Tranquility Fest Short
2009–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne 39 episodes
2011 Let's Stay Together 3 episodes
2012 The Rickey Smiley Show 3 episodes
2015 By Any Means 2 episodes
2019 Raven's Home Episode: "Bah Humbugged"
2020 Tyler Perry's Young Dylan 5 episodes
2021 All The Queen's Men
That Girl Lay Lay 2 episodes

References

  1. ^ Cedrone, Lou (October 21, 1977). "Special For Kids, Gag Show, Pilot, Bing Film, Nostalgia Due". The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland). p. B1.
  2. ^ "Kim Fields: Following in Mother's Footsteps". The Los Angeles Times. May 13, 1979.
  3. ^ "NBC: The Facts of Life". The Odessa American (Odessa, Texas). July 20, 1980.
  4. ^ "Disc Dedicated to Michael Jackson". The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee). February 22, 1984.
  5. ^ "Fields Remembers Worst Moment on 'Fresh Prince'". Chicago Tribune. The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). p. 9L.
  6. ^ Smith, Stacy (August 18, 1993). "New Fox Show 'Living Single' Offers Laughs". The Daily Utah Chronicle (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. 9.
  7. ^ Metason, Impromp2 Featuring Kim Fields - Mocha Soul, retrieved May 19, 2021
  8. ^ Connors, Claire (July 14, 1997). "All That and a Side of Fries". The South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Indiana).
  9. ^ "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns". Philadelphia Daily News. December 8, 2010.
  10. ^ "Tyler Perry's House of Payne". The Atlanta Constitution. November 9, 2009. p. D3.
  11. ^ Brett, Jennifer (March 15, 2012). "A Chat With Cast of 'Let's Stay Together'". The Atlanta Constitution. p. D2.
  12. ^ "Dr. Duru interviews Kim Fields". December 23, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  13. ^ "Catching Up with Kim Fields for the Holidays". ABC News. November 29, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  14. ^ "Real Housewives of Atlanta Starts Filming With Transgender Model Amiyah Scott and Kim Fields (Tootie!)". E! News. August 18, 2015.
  15. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' 2016: Season 22 Celebrity Cast Revealed Live on 'GMA'". ABC News. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  16. ^ Jason Dietz, Metacritic Features Editor (August 12, 2019). "TV Premiere Dates (2019-20) - Metacritic". Retrieved November 21, 2019. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  17. ^ Brown, L.T. (July 18, 1995). "Actress Is Married". The Indianapolis News. p. C2.
  18. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (May 6, 2007). "Actress Kim Fields Welcomes a Baby Boy". People. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  19. ^ Introducing Sebastian Alexander Morgan Celebrity Babies blog; People Magazine. May 11, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  20. ^ "Kim Fields Pregnant, Expecting Second Child, Boy Quincy Xavier". Archived from the original on July 26, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  21. ^ "Kim Fields gives birth to second son". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  22. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (December 7, 2021). "ABC's Facts of Life Live Begins With OG Cast Reunion — Grade Reenactment". TVLine. Retrieved December 7, 2021.

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