Survivor’s Lisa Whelchel Returned to Acting After a 21-Year Hiatus in Which Tyler Perry Movie?
Depending on your age, Lisa Whelchel probably has a widely differing pop cultural significance to you. Fans of CBS’s Survivor that are under the age of 30 will remember her as the runner-up from the Phillipines-set 25th cycle of the reality hit. But if you are older than that, you will likely identify Lisa as preppy teen Blair Warner on the classic show, The Facts of Life.
Lisa was a successful child star throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, before leaving the industry in the early ‘90s to focus on raising a family. Only in 2012 did she return to our television screens, as a contestant on Survivor: Philippines, which she nearly won. But since then, she’s finally return to acting, and she even snagged a role in one of in-demand director Tyler Perry’s movies not too long ago.
So during last night’s March 12 episode of Survivor: Cagayan,Wetpaint Entertainment quizzed Viggle LIVE! users to see if they knew which recent film presented by Tyler Perry featured the former ‘80s icon.
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Looks like we stumped you all! Only 38 percent of users knew that Lisa made her grand return to the craft in 2013’s A Madea Christmas. Meanwhile, 44 percent (not surprisingly) believed she was in the upcoming The Single Moms Club, and 18 percent guessed she was in 2012’s Good Deeds.
In the holiday film, Lisa appeared as Nancy Porter, a school principal and boss to Tika Sumpter’s teacher character. Of working with the famous director, she told People, "Tyler Perry is such a brilliant man. He's a nice guy, and so funny when he gets in his Madea garb."
It’s nice to have you back, girl!
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