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Actress on The Facts of Life & Breast Cancer Survivor
Mindy Cohn made her acting debut as the witty, precious Eastland Academy student Natalie Green in the hit comedy series The Facts of Life. She was discovered while attending Westlake School for Girls in Bel Air, California, when actress Charlotte Rae and producer Norman Lear came to the school to authenticate scripts for their new show. They were so taken with the vivacious eighth grader that they created a role just for her. Ms. Cohn remained on the show for all nine seasons, also traveling to Paris and Australia with her co-stars to produce two successful television movies based on the series. Read More >
Concurrently, with her role in Facts, Ms. Cohn played “Rose Jenko” in Fox’s 21 Jump Street. In 1983, Ms. Cohn appeared in her first professional stage performance in “Table Settings,” written and directed by James Lapine and filmed for HBO Television. The illustrious cast included Eileen Heckart, Stockard Channing, Robert Klein, Peter Riegart, and Dinah Manoff. She went on to make her feature film debut in The Boy Who Could Fly, which co-starred Colleen Dewhurst, Fred Gwynne and Fred Savage.
Ms. Cohn took a hiatus from her career to attend university, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters in Education. During this time, she studied improvisation and scene work with Gary Austin and Larry Moss. She continues to study at the BGB Studio with Steve Braun.
In 1993, Ms. Cohn received a Dramalogue Award for her performance in a production of “Catholic School Girls” at the Globe Playhouse in Los Angeles. She returned to television as “Mo Tucker” in the NBC series, The Second Half, starring John Mendoza, Wayne Knight and Jessica Lundy.
Ms. Cohn starred on the WB sitcom The Help alongside Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Tori Spelling. She also starred in the pilot Virtually Casey for the Disney Channel and continues her long standing gig with Warner Brothers as the voice of "Velma” for all animated projects in the Scooby Doo franchise, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award. While continuing to have a successful voice over career, she has starred in the feature films Under the Gun, Alone with a Stranger, Swing, I Heart Huckabees, the independent feature Third Wish working alongside Betty White and the Daniel Waters, and the feature Sex & Death 101 opposite Simon Baker and Winona Ryder. She was the lead in the indie feature Violet Tendencies and had a reoccurring role in ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager.
One morning in 2012, Cohn’s life changed forever. She was walking around her neighborhood and suddenly got so tired. She knew something was wrong and went to see her doctor. A scan showed something in her breast and before she knew it, Cohn was being biopsied and soon diagnosed with breast cancer. Cohn kept her diagnosis secret for a long time, ultimately underwent a double mastectomy, and stepped away from Hollywood to recuperate. Today, Cohn is cancer free and feeling great! She has been on stage with the show “Celebrity Autobiography,” shot the web series “No Hooks Up Please” and had a guest spot on Bones. She is thrilled and tickled to have a co-starring role in the feature A Nice Girl Like You and excited to see what comes next! Ms. Cohn lives in New York & Los Angeles. Read Less ^
on GMA: Cancer Survivorship
Live Comedy Storytelling: What Happens in Vancouver
at the Today Show
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