‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

06 August, 2018, 12:03 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Charlotte Rae in 2016 with fellow “Facts of Life” cast members Kim Fields left and Lisa Whelchel

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.

According to EW, reps for the Emmy nominated star confirmed she'd passed away Sunday, Aug. 5 in her L.A. -area home. While no cause of death was immediately available, in 2017 Rae had discussed being diagnosed with bone and pancreatic cancer.

She played Mrs Garrett in 1978 during the first season of the NBC comedy Diff'rent Strokes, and then took Mrs Garrett with her for the spinoff Facts of Life, which launched the following year.

While Rae was best known for her work on the small screen, she also managed to score two Tony noms for parts she played on Broadway.

She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery.

"I have to make up my mind".

Rae departed The Facts of Life after Season 7, at which point Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Ann, for the last two seasons.

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"I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground", she explained. I lost my hair, but I had handsome wigs. Now I have to figure out if I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.

The actress also appeared in 101 Dalmatians: The Series and starred alongside Hollywood actress Meryl Streep in the movie Ricki and the Flash. "I love life. I've had a wonderful one already." she continued.

The actress told Fox News last spring that she still stayed in touch with her family from "The Facts of Life", and that when Kim Fields, who played Tootie, was on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2016, Rae was in the studio cheering her on.

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

In the early 1970s, Rae moved to Los Angeles with her then-husband, composer and music editor John Strauss, and their sons Andy and Larry.

At the time of that interview, Rae was acting at Chicago's Briar Street Theatre in the role of Daisy Werthan, the irascible heroine of "Driving Miss Daisy".

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