Lisa Whelchel ends 24-year marriage

Sept. 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and TV personality Lisa Whelchel told Thursday she divorced her husband, Steve Cauble, in March after 24 years.

Whelchel, 49, is a former star of the sitcom "The Facts of Life" and current competitor on "Survivor: Philippines." She had worked in Christian ministry with Cauble, the father of her three children, since 1988.

"The divorce was final on March 1, and [I] went out to be on 'Survivor' on March 10," Whelchel told

"Going out to 'Survivor' was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss. I just never thought it would happen to me," she said. "It was painful to realize that it wasn't going to work out."

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