She was first seen in the fall of 1986 after Mrs. Garrett married and moved to Africa to serve in the Peace Corps. (In reality, actress Charlotte Rae's contract had expired and she did not want to continue with the series.)
At the time, "The Facts of Life" was still lucrative for NBC, and then-NBC president Brandon Tartikoff chose to renew, but only with a new mother figure at the helm.
Beverly Ann moved in with the girls as Mrs. Garrett wanted someone to keep an eye on them as she had. She became the property owner for Mrs. Garrett's house and the boutique store "Over Our Heads."