Actress Lisa Whelchel speaks at 2015 Women's Life Conference

Actress Lisa Whelchel speaks at 2015 Women's Life Conference

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A 1980s TV star and Christian author headlined a biennial forum on women's health issues in Jones County Saturday. Lisa Whelchel, who gained fame playing "Blair" on the series,

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, was keynote speaker Saturday for the 2015 Women's Life Conference at Jones County Junior College.

She spoke about the importance of friendship to overall health.

Whelchel almost didn't make it to the event, because her flight from Texas Friday night was cancelled due to bad weather. So, she and her manager drove all night from Dallas to Ellisville so she could speak.

"On so many levels, it's important that we have this women's event, because not only just what they're going to learn, but even the fact that they're taking time off to do something for themselves," said Whelchel. "The fact that they're even just taking the day away, doing something to refresh themselves and fill themselves up, that's going to make them healthier," she said.

"She was determined to provide this message to the women of South Mississippi and she made it happen," said Karen Vanderslice, community education coordinator for South Central Regional Medical Center. "She is here and we are excited and very honored that she felt enough about her commitment to this area to come here and provide us this information," Vanderslice said.

Two comedians who entertained folks at the event Saturday morning also had to drive in from Texas with Whelchel.