Charlotte Rae, housemother on 'The Facts of Life,' dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, housemother on 'The Facts of Life,' dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, housemother on 'The Facts of Life,' dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, the actress best known for roles on "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Facts of Life", reportedly died Sunday. Her cause of death has not been confirmed, but in 2017, she did reveal that she was suffering from pancreatic and bone cancer.

Charlotte shot to fame in the 1970s with her portrayal of loveable Mrs Edna Garrett in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and its spin-off series The Facts of Life.

Rae published her autobiography, The Facts of My Life, the same year, co-written with her son, Larry Strauss. She earned an Emmy nomination for the part, and she was a two-time Tony nominee for her work on Broadway.

Rae's role as Mrs. Garrett made her a role model and counselor to many teen girls, as she guided her TV charges through teen issues ranging from dating to alcohol. Rae also had starring and supporting roles in "The Love Boat", "101 Dalmatians: The Series", "Sesame Street", "Car 54, Where Are You?".

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Rae was born in Milwaukee in 1926 as Charlotte Rae Lubotsky but dropped her last name as she moved into acting and performing on the radio. I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground. I lost my hair, but I had lovely wigs. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life, ' she continued. By 1986, she left the show, saying there was nothing left to pursue with her character.

Industry notables also expressed their appreciation for Rae and her role as the no-nonsense but gentle house mother on "The Facts of Life".

"She played "the Twitch" and other iconic comic television roles on the Phil Silver's Show and created the role of Sylvia Schnauzer on TV's classic, vehicle 54 Where Are You?" "You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you "My heart is full of Pain" Rest in peace my friend". She was remembered fondly by her co-star Todd Bridges. Her last TV credit was a 2015 episode of Girl Meets World.

In addition to Rae's son Larry and his wife, Eleanor, survivors include her sister Miriam, and grandchildren Sean, Carly, and Nora.

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