Dorothy ‘Tootie’ Ramsey was a fictional character on "The Facts of Life." She was played by actress Kim Fields through the run of the series. Fields portrayed Tootie from the ages of 12 to 21.
Tootie and her family hailed from Washington, D.C. She attended Eastland Academy in Peekskill, New York and was most remembered for her penchant for roller skates, her gossipy nature and her braces. In real life, Kim Fields had to wear braces for three years, finally having them removed in 1984. A lot of Tootie gossip got her and her friends in trouble and she was noted for her catchphrase, "We're in trou-ble!" She once befriended a boy named Fred who insisted that she only associate with black people, in an attempt to realize "her true roots." In another episode, Tootie was chosen by a photographer to model for newspaper advertisements but was instead lured into a borderline kiddie porn operation and was saved by Mrs. Garrett at the last minute. During a trip to New York City, Tootie was almost strong-armed into prostitution before Mrs. Garrett found her and took her home. In another episode, she struggled with the race issue again when her best friend Natalie dated a relative of hers and Tootie intervened, causing conflict between Natalie and herself. Tootie’s favorite singer is Jermaine Jackson. Tootie helped Mrs. Garrett with her bakery, Edna's Edibles, after school and then worked full-time at the gift shop Over Our Heads after she graduated from high school in 1986.
Tootie later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London to pursue an acting career and later became a Hollywood-based talk show host. She later became the single mother of Tisha, a 10-year-old (fathered by her longtime boyfriend and later deceased husband, Jeff Williams). After her visit, Tootie (who now preferred to be called "Dorothy") decided to quit her talk show, "Wake Up With Dorothy" and move to New York to take up the theater but not before becoming the co-owner of the Peekskill Playhouse. Tootie Ramsey remained behind to attend Eastland Academy and continue the family tradition.
- Tootie's roller skates were used by The Facts of Life producers to mask Fields' short stature)
- Tootie was involved in every major storyline in the series