Kim Victoria Fields (born May 12, 1969) is an American actress and television director. She is known for her roles as Tootie Ramsey on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life, and as Regine Hunter on the Fox sitcom Living Single. She is the daughter of actress/director Chip Fields and the older sister of actress Alexis Fields.
Before appearing on Facts of Life, Fields starred on a short-lived sitcom called Baby, I'm Back and appeared in a commercial for Mrs. Butterworth's pancake syrup.
She later appeared on Good Times as a friend of Penny Gordon Woods. Her real life mother, Chip Fields, starred on Good Times as the mother of Janet Jackson's character, Penny. Interestingly the two Fields women never starred in the same episodes. Kim's episodes on Good Times were "The Snow Storm" and "The Physical".
Fields' most notable role was that of Tootie on the sitcom The Facts of Life. From 1979 to 1988, she played Tootie Ramsey on the show. Even decades later, many still recognize her catchphrase, "We are in trou-ble!" She was also known for the braces she wore on the series for five seasons. When the show began filming, Fields was so short that the producers put her in roller skates during the first season so that they could avoid difficult camera angles. Ironically, however, she 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.
Her real life mother Chip Fields portrayed Diane Ramsey, Tootie's mother, on Facts of Life as well as playing Regine's mother on Living Single.
After taking time away from acting to attend Pepperdine University, she had a starring role in the hit Fox sitcom Living Single from 1993 to 1998 as Regine Hunter.
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.
Additionally, Fields also appeared in an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in which Will Smith pretended to marry her in order to seduce her.
With her degree from Pepperdine University she began directing. Fields directed the All That spinoff and a number of Kenan & Kel episodes. She also appeared in two episodes of the series. Fields is currently working as a director for the sitcoms Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry's House of Payne and BET's Let's Stay Together.
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".
After the cancellation of Living Single, Fields began performing rap music and R&B with a group called Impromp2.
As of 2000 she changed her look and style considerably, sporting either a large blonde afro or platinum blonde braids or dreadlocks. She performs under the stage name of "Blondielocks" and in 2003 she released a spoken word CD of poetry (that was available online only) called Smooth is Spoken Here.
Fields was born in New York, New York. She dated fellow Living Single cast member John Henton for one year, and was married to Johnathon Franklin Freeman from 1995 to 1998. Her sister is actress Alexis Fields from Sister, Sister.
She attended Burbank High School in California.
Fields gave birth to her first child, Sebastian Alexander Morgan, by her 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.
She is a born-again Christian, as is her "Facts of Life" co-star, Lisa Whelchel.
Voted "Most Talented", Burbank High School class of 1986.
Owns a production company, Victory Entertainment.
Raised in Los Angeles.
Daughter of actress Chip Fields.
Sister of Alexis Fields.
When starring as twelve-year-old Tootie on "The Facts of Life" (1979) she was actually nine years old.
Dated John Henton for a year.
Graduated from Pepperdine University in 1990 with a degree in telecommunications (broadcast journalism and TV production).
Graduated from Burbank High School in 1986. While there, she was a baseball manager and an office employee. She also acted in school plays.
Was arrested in 1999 while protesting against the police shooting of a black woman in Riverside, California.
While there were male child stars of color for years there was no successful female eqivalent until Fields came along in the mid 70s.
Has relatives who, on their side of the family, are related to a member of the legendary oldies jazz group The Cadillacs.
Recently learned that she is of Jamaican heritage and committed herself to helping Jamaican victims of Hurricane Ivan.
Ranked #23 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
In 1994, the producers of "Living Single" (1993) wrote her real-life breast reduction surgery into the script.
At age 37, she gave birth to her first child, a boy. Her son, Sebastian Alexander Morgan, was born on May 4, 2007; he weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Sebastian is nicknamed "Sam" after his initials. Sebastian's father is Kim's then-fiancé, now husband, actor Christopher Morgan.
Keeps in touch with her Facts of Life co-star Mindy Cohn.