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Mindy Cohn
Mindy Cohn by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cohn in October 2019
Born (1966-05-20) May 20, 1966 (age 56)
Alma materLoyola Marymount University
Years active1979–present

Mindy Cohn (born May 20, 1966) is an American actress, who appeared on VH1's List of "100 Greatest Kid Stars".[1] She starred as Natalie Green in the sitcom The Facts of Life from 1979 to 1988,[2] and is known for voicing Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 2002 to 2015, succeeding B. J. Ward.[3]

Early life

Cohn was born in Los Angeles and was raised Jewish.[4]


Cohn was discovered by actress Charlotte Rae when Rae and the producers of The Facts of Life visited Westlake School in Holmby Hills, California, while doing research for the show.[5] Cohn was cast as Natalie Green and portrayed the character for the series' nine-year run (1979–1988), as well as in the reunion movie (2001).[6] In 2013, she commented on Charlotte Rae's lobbying on her behalf: "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 remained friends with Rae. Two months before her acting mentor's 90th birthday in 2016, when Cohn was unavailable to attend The Facts of Life reunion interview, she sent Rae a video message praising her decades-long friend for teaching her the craft of acting.[8] Cohn said that one of the reasons she did The Facts of Life Reunion in 2001 was that the actresses in the long-running 1980s 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."[9]

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 as next-door neighbor 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, in Judson Theatre Company's Bell, Book and Candle in 2013,[10] and in The Middle on May 21, 2014. Cohn reprised her Velma Dinkley role in Lego Dimensions.[11]

Personal life

Mindy Cohn is a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with it in 2012 and was declared cancer-free in 2017.[12] Cohn is a strong supporter of the LGBT community and has stated that she is proud to be a "fag hag."[13][14] She has a degree in cultural anthropology from Loyola Marymount University[15] and is a founding member of the weSpark cancer support center.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1979–88 The Facts of Life Natalie Green, Frenchie Main cast (201 episodes)
1980–81 Diff'rent Strokes Natalie Green Episodes: "The Slumber Party", "The Older Man"
1982 The Facts of Life Goes to Paris TV film
1984 Rosie Cheryl Japan Episode: "The Interview Show"
1985 Double Trouble Janie Blakemore Episode: "Funny Girl"
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly Geneva Goodman Feature film
1987 The Facts of Life Down Under Natalie Green TV film
1987–88 21 Jump Street Rosa Banducci Episodes: "Christmas in Saigon", "Chapel of Love"
1988 Charles in Charge Bunny Lembeck Episode: "Bottle Baby"
1991 Dream On Marie Episode: "Toby or Not Toby"
1993–94 The Second Half Maureen Tucker Main cast (13 episodes)
1999 Suddenly Susan Cindy Episode: "Revenge of the Gophers"
The Chimp Channel Candy Yuponce (voice) Main cast (13 episodes)
2001 Alone with a Stranger Toni Feature film
Virtually Casey Joanne Collins TV film
The Facts of Life Reunion Natalie Green TV film
2002 Under the Gun Gale Feature film
2003 One on One Ms. Sorel Episode: "Daddy, I Don't Need an Edumacation"
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
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"
Operation Marriage Kathy Short film
Bones Valentina Episode: "The Puzzler in the Pit"
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)
A Cinderella Christmas Zelda TV film
2017 Hollywood Dirt Thelma Feature film
2018 Fly Air Traffic Controller Camille Fields Recurring role (8 episodes)
Long Island Medium Herself
2019 You Light Up My Christmas Rose TV Movie features surviving original cast of The Facts of Life.[17]
Not a "The Facts of Life" Christmas movie.
2020 A Nice Girl Like You Pricilla Blum Feature film
2021 Live in Front of a Studio Audience Herself Episode: "The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes"
TBA Mrs. American Pie Ann Upcoming miniseries

Voice work

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)[citation needed]
2003 Dexter's Laboratory Librarian Episode: "Voice Over/Blonde Leading the Blonde/Comic Stripper"
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
Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? Direct-to-video film
2006 Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! Direct-to-video film
Family Guy Natalie Green Episode: "Prick Up Your Ears"
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! Velma Dinkley Episodes: "Shags to Riches" and "Almost Ghosts"[citation needed]
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!"
Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Velma Dinkley Direct-to-video film
2012 Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire Direct-to-video film
Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games Direct-to-video short
Big Top Scooby-Doo! Direct-to-video film
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays Direct-to-video short
2013 Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon Direct-to-video film
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Direct-to-video film
Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow Direct-to-video short
Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace Direct-to-video short
2014 Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery Direct-to-video film
Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals Direct-to-video short
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy Direct-to-video film
2015 Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness Direct-to-video film
Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie Direct-to-video short
Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Direct-to-video film

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Scooby-Doo! The Glowing Bug Man Velma Dinkley Voice role
2003 Scooby-Doo! The Scary Stone Dragon Voice role
2003 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem Voice role
2005 Scooby-Doo! Unmasked Voice role
2006 Scooby-Doo! Who's Watching Who? Voice role
2006 Scooby-Doo! Frights Camera Mystery Voice role
2009 Scooby-Doo! First Frights Voice role
2010 Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp Voice role
2014 Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure Voice role
2015 Lego Dimensions Voice role


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.[18] She reprised her role of Velma on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and in several other Scooby-Doo movies.

She received a positive notice from Variety for her role in the 2007 Daniel Waters comedy film Sex and Death 101.[19]


  1. ^ "VH1 Names Gary Coleman the Greatest Kid Star". 2005-06-05.
  2. ^ "This Weeks Picks". The Washington Post. 2004-03-07. p. Y03.
  3. ^ "Mindy Cohn: From voice of Scooby-Doo's Velma to 'Worst Cooks in America'". October 7, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Cohn, Mindy (July 7, 2013). "Why Me? Why Now? Why Not?". HuffPost. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  5. ^ Molly Snyder Edler (11 December 2002). "Milwaukee Talks Charlotte Rae". Archived from the original on 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  6. ^ "Facts of Life remain the Same". Toronto Star. 2001-11-18. p. D02.
  7. ^ "Why Me? Why Now? Why Not". Huffington May 7, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Home & Family's "Facts of Life" Reunion". Hallmark February 15, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Greg Hernandez (2008-03-11). "Mindy Cohn: Greg catches up w/Natalie from "The Facts of Life"". Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  10. ^ "Bell, Book and Candle".
  11. ^ Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent.
  12. ^ "Facts of Life Star Mindy Cohn Reveals Secret Five-Year Breast Cancer Battle".
  13. ^ Voss, Brandon (July 8, 2010). "No Shrinking Violet". The Advocate. Here Media. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  14. ^ Paull, Anthony (March 3, 2011). "Mindy Cohn: Proud to be a 'fag hag'". Pride Source Media Group. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  15. ^ "ABC Presskit for "The Facts of Life Reunion" movie". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  16. ^ "Our Founders". Archived from the original on May 23, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007.
  17. ^ Jason Dietz, Metacritic Features Editor (August 12, 2019). "TV Premiere Dates (2019-20) - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved November 21, 2019. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  18. ^ "30th Daytime Emmy Awards". Washington Post. 2003-05-01. p. Y06.
  19. ^ Eisner, Ken (2007-06-20). "Sex and Death 101". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved 2007-06-23.

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Preceded by Voice of Velma Dinkley
2002–2015, 2017[citation needed]
Succeeded by
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