Charlotte Rae, Mrs. Garrett from The Facts of Life, Dies at 92


Charlotte Rae, who had a six decade career as an actress and was best known as the wise housemother on The Facts of Life, died Sunday in Los Angeles. "I'm not in any pain right now", she said at the time.

In April 2017, Rae revealed to EW she was diagnosed with bone cancer, although the cause of death was not immediately revealed. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the, The Actors Fund, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pan-Can) or the Clare Foundation.

"I had attractive wigs", Rae said.

Nobody ever knew. So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life, ' she continued. "I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening", she said past year.

Producer John Cohen wrote on Twitter: "I was thinking about Charlotte Rae the other day when they announced The Facts of Life reboot and how hard it's going to be to replace her memorable Mrs Garrett". I love life. I've had a wonderful one already. I'd like to choose life.

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She first appeared as Edna Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" in 1978 before earning her own spinoff, "The Facts of Life", the following year.

"The Facts of Life" debuted in 1979 and centered around Mrs. Garrett's relationship with a group of girls she met in the season 1 finale of "Diff'rent Strokes". (Jessica Biel and Leonardo DiCaprio are now eyeing a reboot of the series.) Rae earned an Emmy nomination in 1982 for her performance in the series but lost to Carol Kane for Taxi. They were very attached to Mrs. Garrett.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee on 22 April 1926, Rae studied drama at Northwestern University before moving to NY where she found work doing satirical sketches in Greenwich Village clubs.

Charlotte Rae, a gregarious actress with a prodigious career on stage, screen and TV, died on Sunday at the age of 92, her son Larry Strauss told CNN.

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