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Charlotte Rae, Housemother From ‘The Facts Of Life,' Dead At 92

Charlotte Rae, Housemother From ‘The Facts Of Life,' Dead At 92

In April 2017, Rae revealed to EW she was diagnosed with bone cancer, although the cause of death was not immediately revealed.

Mrs. Garrett began on the show "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-84.) She also briefly reprised the role on the shore-lived "Hello, Larry".

The Tony and Emmy-nominated actress was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee. She first charmed audiences as housekeeper Edna Garrett on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" before spinning off the role into a new sitcom, "The Facts of Life", which made her a star. She racked up over 90 credits across six decades, making her final appearance in the 2015 Meryl Streep movie Ricki and the Flash. Initially set at a girls' boarding school, that NBC series ran for nine seasons, though Rae left after its seventh year. There had been talks of a potential reboot announced.

"At the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground", Rae told People Magazine. "About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it's too late. I love life. I've had a wonderful one already." she continued. I lost my hair, but I had attractive wigs.

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Rae went on to guest star on TV shows like ER, Pretty Little Liars, Sisters, and The King of Queens, and appeared in movies such as Don't Mess with the Zohan and Tom and Jerry: The Movie.

In 2011, The Facts of Life cast reunited as part of the TV Land Awards, and Rae won the Pop Icon award, being honored by speeches from Facts co-stars Kim Fields and Nancy McKeon.

Rae is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten as well as son, Larry, his wife, Eleanor Strauss, grandchildren, Sean Strauss, Carly Fox and her husband Ethan Fox, and Nora Sidoti Magdol and her wife Katrina Sidoti Magdol and their daughter Louisa Sidoti Magdol.