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Mindy Cohn
Mindy Cohn
Born Melinda Heather Cohn
(1966-05-20) May 20, 1966 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, US
Residence Beverly Hills, California
Alma mater Loyola Marymount University
Occupation Actress, voice actress, comedian, singer
Years active 1979-present

Melinda Heather "Mindy" Cohn (born May 20, 1966) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian and singer. She is known for her role as Natalie Green, the student of Edna Garrett (played by Charlotte Rae) in the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life,[1] and for being the voice of Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 2002 to 2015. She resides in Beverly Hills.[2]

Early life and career

Cohn was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1966, and was raised Jewish.[3] She was discovered by actress Charlotte Rae when Rae and other producers of The Facts of Life visited Westlake School in Bel Air, California, while doing research for the show.[4] Cohn was cast as Natalie Green and portrayed the character for the series' entire run (1979-88), as well as in the reunion movie (2001).[5] Her work on The Facts of Life was honored when she was ranked 43rd on VH1's List of 100 Greatest Kid Stars.[6] She said in 2013 with Charlotte Rae falling in love with Mindy's character: "Mr. Reynolds calls me into his office. It seemed that Charlotte Rae had fallen madly in love with me, in part because I reminded her of her best childhood friend Natalie -- and I was irrepressible, charming, and hilarious. So she asked the producers to create a part for me in the show. Honestly, the whole thing seemed so fantastic I didn't know what to think."[7] After the show, she still remains friends with Rae. Just 2 months before her acting mentor's 90th Birthday in 2016, when Cohn was unavailable to attend The Facts of Life reunion interview, she even bestowed Rae a video message praising her decades-long friend for teaching Cohn the craft of acting.[8]

Education

Cohn has a degree in cultural anthropology from Loyola Marymount University[9] and is a founding member of the weSpark cancer support center.[10]

Later career

Cohn has continued her acting career outside of The Facts of Life. In 1984 she had a leading role as the daughter alongside Stockard Channing in RKO's video production of "Table Settings". In 1986, she appeared in The Boy Who Could Fly playing the part of Geneva. She also had guest appearances in other popular TV shows, including Charles in Charge (playing Buddy's sister Bunny, a young alcoholic, in the 1988 episode "Bottle Baby"), and two guest appearances in the second season of the cop drama 21 Jump Street (playing Rosa in the 1987 episode "Christmas In Saigon" and the 1988 episode "Chapel of Love"). In 2004 Cohn appeared in the WB comedy The Help. In 2010, Cohn played the role of Violet, the leading character in Casper Andreas's movie Violet Tendencies, and appeared on the Season 8 premiere of TLC's What Not to Wear on October 29, 2010. She appeared in an episode of Hot in Cleveland on July 13, 2011, on The Secret Life of the American Teenager on March 26, 2012, and in The Middle on May 21, 2014.

Cohn said that one of the reasons she did The Facts of Life Reunion in 2001 was that the actors in the long-running series have been wrongly denied a cut of the syndication and DVD profits from the series. "We all never got paid and still don't get paid for DVDs and reruns ... we felt we were owed."[11]

Cohn reprised her Velma Dinkley role in Lego Dimensions.[12]

Personal life

Cohn has never married and has no children.[13][14][15] She is also a strong supporter of the LGBT community and has stated that she is proud to be a "fag hag."[14][15]

Accolades

In 2003 Cohn was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on the TV show What's New, Scooby-Doo?, for which she provided the voice of Velma Dinkley.[16] She reprised her role of Velma on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and in several Scooby-Doo movies.

She received a positive notice from Variety for her role in the 2007 Daniel Waters' comedy film Sex and Death 101.[17]

Filmography

Actress

Year Title Role Notes
1979-1988 The Facts of Life Natalie Green Main cast (202 episodes)
1980 Diff'rent Strokes Natalie Green Episode: "The Slumber Party"
1981 Diff'rent Strokes Natalie Green Episode: "The Older Man"
1982 The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Natalie Green TV film
1985 Double Trouble Janie Blakemore Episode: "Funny Girl"
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly Geneva Goodman Feature film
1986 Friday Night Videos Herself (host) Episode dated September 19, 1986
1987 The Facts of Life Down Under Natalie Green TV film
1987 21 Jump Street Sal's Wife Episode: "Christmas in Saigon"
1988 21 Jump Street Rosa Banducci Episode: "Chapel of Love"
1988 Charles in Charge Bunny Lembeck Episode: "Bottle Baby"
1991 Dream On Marie Episode: "Toby or Not Toby"
1993-1994 The Second Half Maureen Tucker Main cast (13 episodes)
1999 Suddenly Susan Cindy Episode: "Revenge of the Gophers"
1999 The Chimp Channel Candy Yuponce (voice) Main cast (13 episodes)
2001 Alone with a Stranger Toni Feature film
2001 Virtually Casey Joanne Collins TV film
2001 The Facts of Life Reunion Natalie Green TV film (The Wonderful World of Disney)
2002 Under the Gun Gale Feature film
2003 One on One Ms. Sorel Episode: "Daddy, I Don't Need an Edumacation"
2003 Swing Martha Feature film
2004 The Help Maggie, the Cook Main cast (7 episodes)
2005 The Adventures of Tango McNorton: Licensed Hero Lunch Lady Short film
2005 The Third Wish Bridgette Feature film
2007 Sex and Death 101 Trixie Feature film
2010 Violet Tendencies Violet Feature film
2011 Hot in Cleveland Cassie Episode: "Love Thy Neighbor"
2012 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dylan's Mom Recurring role (8 episodes)
2013 Holiday Road Trip Artie TV film
2014 The Middle Kimberly Episode: "The Wonderful World of Hecks"
2014 Operation Marriage Kathy Short film
2014 Bones Valentina Episode: "The Puzzler in the Pit"
2014 FreakMe April TV pilot episode (unaired)
2015 You're Killing Me Karen Feature film
2016 Worst Cooks in America Herself (contestant) Season 9: Celebrity Edition 2 (8 episodes)
2016 A Cinderella Christmas Zelda TV film
2017 Hollywood Dirt Thelma Feature film (currently filming)

Animation

Year Title Voice role Notes
1999-2001 The Kids from Room 402 Nancy Francis TV series (34 episodes)
2002-2006 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Velma Dinkley TV series (41 episodes)
2003 Dexter's Laboratory Librarian Episode: "Voice Over/Blonde Leading the Blonde/Comic Stripper"
2003 Kim Possible Ms. Whisp Episode: "Naked Genius"
2004 Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster Velma Dinkley Direct-to-video film
2005 Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Direct-to-video film
2005 Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? Direct-to-video film
2006 Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! Direct-to-video film
2006 Family Guy Natalie Green Episode: "Prick Up Your Ears"
2006 Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! Velma Dinkley Episodes: "Shags to Riches" and "Almost Ghosts"
2007 Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Direct-to-video film
2008 Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King Direct-to-video film
2009 Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword Direct-to-video film
2010 Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Direct-to-video film
2010-13 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated TV series (52 episodes)
2010 Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare Direct-to-video film
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Velma Dinkley / Ticket Girl Episode: "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!"
2011 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Velma Dinkley Direct-to-video film
2012 Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire Direct-to-video film
2012 Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games Direct-to-video short
2012 Big Top Scooby-Doo! Direct-to-video film
2012 Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays Direct-to-video short
2013 Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon Direct-to-video film
2013 Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Direct-to-video film
2013 Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow Direct-to-video short
2013 Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace Direct-to-video short
2014 Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery Direct-to-video film
2014 Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals Direct-to-video short
2014 Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy Direct-to-video film
2015 Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness Direct-to-video film
2015 Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie Direct-to-video short
2015 Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Direct-to-video film

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem Velma Dinkley Voice role
2005 Scooby-Doo! Unmasked Voice role
2006 Scooby-Doo! Who's Watching Who? Voice role
2009 Scooby-Doo! First Frights Voice role
2010 Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp Voice role
2015 Lego Dimensions Voice role

References

  1. ^ "This Weeks Picks". The Washington Post. 2004-03-07. p. Y03. 
  2. ^ "The Today Show". http://web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/document?_m=8b7e68709164dfca48918b4151f55928&_docnum=1&wchp=dGLbVlz-zSkVA&_md5=242abeb042c84b4e97bb63620a09eaf5. 2006-05-09.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  3. ^ Cohn, Mindy (2013-05-07). "How I Completely Accidentally Serendipitously Became A Teenage Sitcom Star". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ Molly Snyder Edler. "Milwaukee Talks Charlotte Rae". www.onmilwaukee.com. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Facts of Life remain the Same". Toronto Star. 2001-11-18. p. D02. 
  6. ^ "VH1 Names Gary Coleman the Greatest Kid Star". prnewswire.com. 2005-06-05. 
  7. ^ "Why Me? Why Now? Why Not". Huffington Post.com. May 7, 2013. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ "Home & Family's "Facts of Life" Reunion". Hallmark Channel.com. February 15, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ "ABC Presskit for "The Facts of Life Reunion" movie". Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Our Founders". Retrieved . 
  11. ^ Greg Hernandez (2008-03-11). "Mindy Cohn: Greg catches up w/Natalie from "The Facts of Life"". dailynews.com. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent. 
  13. ^ Cohn, Mindy (July 7, 2013). "Why Me? Why Now? Why Not? | Mindy Cohn". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Voss, Brandon (July 8, 2010). "No Shrinking Violet | Advocate.com". The Advocate. Here Media. Retrieved 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Paull, Anthony (March 3, 2011). "PrideSource -". PrideSource. Pride Source Media Group. Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "30th Daytime Emmy Awards". Washington Post. 2003-05-01. p. Y06. 
  17. ^ Eisner, Ken (2007-06-20). "Sex and Death 101". www.variety.com. Retrieved . 

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Preceded by
Nicole Jaffe
Voice of Velma Dinkley
2002-2015
Succeeded by
Kate Micucci

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