FACTS ABOUT THE CHARACTER JOANNA MARIE POLNIACZEK
Joanna, mostly known as Jo, is a streetwise kid from the Bronx who joins the Eastland family in 1980. Jo is brash and headstrong. Don't be fooled, though. Her tough exterior hides a first-class intellect and a soft heart. Jo, often the voice of reason in a crisis, learns to navigate the privileged world of a private girls' school without losing her street smarts. Rich kid Blair is a favorite target for Jo's sarcasm, but if anybody else picks on Blair, Jo will likely rush to her defense. In 1980 her father Charlie, is in prison for attempted theft and gets paroled later that year. Her mother, Rose, lives in a small apartment in the Bronx and works as a cocktail waitress. Rose divorced Charlie upon finding out he was in prison for attempting to steal office equiptment.
In 1983, Jo graduated Eastland Academy with honors and later Langley College in 1987 (both as valedicorian). In 1987 she met Rick Bonner was married. Incidently she caught the bouquet from Edna Garretts wedding and was the first one of the four girls to get married.
In 2001, Jo is still married to Rick (song producer) and is head of her division on the police force. They both have a daughter named Jamie.
AFTER 'FACTS'..... WHERE IS SHE TODAY?
After The Facts of Life Nancy starred in her own series, Canít Hurry Love, (Charlotte Rae had a guest appearance in the show). In 1998 she stared in the CBS sitcom, Style and Substance with Designing Womenís Jean Smart. In 2001 she returned to television in Lifetime Televisions hit drama The Division.
Nancy McKeon found a niche in made for TV movies. She has been in more than a dozen ranging from A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story to CBSís four-hour mini series, Category 6: Day of Destruction.
In August 2003 Nancy married producer, Marc Andrus and had a baby girl, Aurora the following year. In 2006 the couple welcomed a second daughter, Harlow into their lives.
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