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Actress Kim Fields is known for her roles as “Tootie” on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life, and as Regine on the Fox sitcom Living Single. It seems as though the beautiful 50-year-old has been acting since she was born, but even though she comes from a Hollywood family, she had a life outside of acting.

“I was never pushed into the industry. I was a very shy child. I was not one to perform for friends and family at every get-together. When my mom [actress Chip Fields] started going to acting classes out here in New York, we couldn’t afford a baby sitter. And so she took me to the acting classes just because, well, what else was she going to do with me? And there were other kids there whose parents couldn’t afford sitters either. We would keep ourselves entertained by imitating what we saw them doing, and that kind of birthed acting classes for the younger kids. In that crop was Danielle Spencer, who played Dee on ‘What’s Happening.’ Her father was a ridiculously tremendous actor named Tim Pelt who we lost some time ago in a horrible car crash.”

But the talented actress and director suffered from a surprising health tragedy that very few people knew about.

In 2014, Kim announced that she and husband Christopher Morgan are expecting their second son.  The couple, who married in July 2007, are already parents to a six-year-old son, Sebastian. But they had been trying for the past two years to conceive and nothing was happening. Like the thousands of couples who are affected by infertility, the couple was almost about to give up.

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