Fields in 2011
Kim Victoria Fields|
May 12, 1969
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Kim Fields Freeman, Kim Fields Franklin|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, director|
|Known for||The Facts of Life, Living Single|
Johnathon Franklin Freeman (m. 1995–2001)|
Christopher Morgan (m. 2007)
|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.
1977–79: Early career
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
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
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.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.
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. 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. On May 2, 2016, during a double elimination, Fields and Farber were eliminated and finished the competition in 8th place.
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. The couple introduced their son the following week in People magazine. 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. The couple welcomed their second son, Quincy Morgan, on December 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
|TV and film roles|
|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"|
|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|
|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|
- "'Dancing With the Stars' 2016: Season 22 Celebrity Cast Revealed Live on 'GMA'". ABC News. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
- Silverman, Stephen M. (6 May 2007). Actress Kim Fields Welcomes a Baby Boy People Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- Introducing Sebastian Alexander Morgan Celebrity Babies blog; People Magazine. 11 May 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2010.