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

Danny Woods
August 6, 2018

In 2017 Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

"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?" Rae also had starring and supporting roles in "The Love Boat", "101 Dalmatians: The Series", "Sesame Street", "Car 54, Where Are You?".

Charlotte Rae, best known for her character Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life", has died at 92, her publicist announced. "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life".

That led to a long career on Broadway, where Rae earned Tony nominations for her roles in Pickwick, Morning Noon and Night, and later an Emmy nomination for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.

"I grew up watching Charlotte Rae teach us the facts of life", wrote one Twitter user.

Due to health reasons, Charlotte left the show in 1986 and actress Cloris Leachman stepped in as her character before the series was cancelled two years later.

"I love life. I've had a wonderful one already ..."

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During her first cancer battle, the actress went through gruelling chemotherapy and lost all her hair, but ended up beating the cancer.

The actress released a memoir in 2015 called "The Facts of My Life" in which she recounted the challenges faced by her family.

"You all already know my heart is heavy yet", tweeted actress Kim Fields, who played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on Facts of Life.

In addition to son Larry, she is survived by sister Miriam Guten and three grandchildren.

The star leaves behind her two sons Larry and Andrew Strauss.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, on April 22, 1926, she had studied drama at Northwestern University, then moved to NY where, despite early plans to be a "serious" actress, she quickly found work doing satirical sketches in Greenwich Village clubs.

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