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Former "Facts of Life" Star Lisa Whelchel Joins Cast of Tyler Perry's Movie

Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lisa Whelchel, the former Facts of Life star and recent Survivor contestant, will return to acting with a role in a new Tyler Perry movie.

The Hollywood Reporter says Whelchel, who played Blair Warner on The Facts of Life, has joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.  The movie will co-star Chad Michael Murray and Larry the Cable Guy.

The report says Whelchel, 49, will play a school principal in the film, which centers on Madea helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in a small town during Christmas.

Whelchel auditioned for the movie role in December.  It was her first audition since trying out for The Facts of Life when she was 16 years old.  Whelchel also has a recurring role on Survivor host Jeff Probst's daytime talk show.

The Facts of Life aired on NBC from 1979 to 1988.

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