Nancy McKeon (Jo Polniaczek) brought an edge that none of the elite school's girls had before. When the show came to an end in 1988, McKeon couldn't seem to find a suitable new home. She did almost have another major TV hit. When producers were casting the part of Monica Geller on "Friends," it came down to McKeon and Courteney Cox. Ultimately, McKeon turned to drama for her next small-screen achievement, playing Inspector Jinny Exstead on "The Division" & directing a couple of episodes.
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You Take the Young, You Take the Old: The Facts of Life Cast, Then and Now| McKeon played Jo Polniaczek, prissy Blair's tomboyish nemesis, but the pair remain pals in real life. "She'll be a lifelong friend," Whelchel told PEOPLE of McKeon in 2012. Nancy McKeon in 2011 and 1981.