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This was a radio program hosted by Lew Irwin that featured a popular entertainer every day.
On Sunday, April 22 of 1984 he interviewed Mindy Cohn.
She talked about how she thought that Natalie needed to grow up on the show

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Irwin:

Mindy Cohn is a seventeen-year old who has been growing up on the tv show "The Facts of Life" for nearly five years. She's become kind of a role model for teenagers during that time at least that's what the network apparently thinks she is. Mindy says she doesn't know many kids her age who even watch her.

Mindy Cohn has been growing up on "The Facts of Life". She is now seventeen and she started with the show nearly five years ago playing the character Natalie. Now enormous personality changes occurred during those teenage years and they occur at such a pace that the adult writers on the series often have difficulty keeping up with them, says Mindy.

Mindy:

Natalie needs to grow up a little. And so does Tootie. The two younger ones. Their kinda staying the same and in reality they should be maturing a little because their in to that age where you start maturing. So we have talks with a lot saying, "well Natalie really won't say this because she would have said this about two years ago." Ya know, and it's hard for someone sitting at a desk and write for five different characters, and remember "oh my goodness, wait, this girl is fifteen. Oh she's not fifteen anymore she's seventeen now." I mean, ya know it's very hard for the writers and producers to keep that in mind.

Irwin:

Which maybe one reason why, according to Mindy, few of her friends watch "The Facts of Life". Or why she gets few letters from people her own age about the show. Sitting in a dressing room covered with pictures of Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, David Bowie, and the like, Mindy told me ...

Mindy

I thinks it because their more in to the dynasties and the, not even into tv basically.

Irwin:

I think kids are into all of the characters you go at the studio, here. Yea! Yea!

Mindy:

Well, .... these are movies and we're television.

Irwin:

Well isn't that a big difference then.

Mindy:

Yes it is. More teenagers go to movies or rent a tape of a movie than sit down and watch sitcoms on television.

Irwin:

And plus, the reason might be, these actors kinda represent reality more than those on television.

Mindy:

I think so. Like in the Tom Cruise movies. If a young actor smokes a cigarette. It's not, "oh he's so bad." But let's say if Natalie were to smoke a cigarette. It would be, "What is that little girl doing?"

Irwin:

Mindy has become kind of a role model which in itself limits her. She may have been appearing on television every week for a quarter of her life but no producers has asked her to do movie roles. And I suppose they probably won't until Natalie, finally grows up.