The Facts of Life Star Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

06 August, 2018, 12:03 | Author: Kenneth Collins
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She is best known for her role as housekeeper Edna Garrett, first on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" and then the spinoff "The Facts of Life", with both shows launching in the 1970s and running several years into the '80s.

The lovable actress who played the much-loved Mrs. Garrett on the hit TV show Facts Of Life did however reveal last April that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer.

Charlotte Rae said it was a "miracle" they found the pancreatic cancer "because usually, it's too late".

Rae won an Emmy nomination for her performance in the 1975 TV drama "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom", according to IMDb.

Rae appeared in a number of hit shows, including "The Partridge Family" and "The Defenders", before landing her most popular role in 1978. After appearing on shows like vehicle 54, Where Are You?

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee in 2926, she aspired to be a dramatic actress.

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

The actress passed away in her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, according to the publicist, who did not provide a cause of death. I lost my hair, but I had attractive wigs.

Industry notables also expressed their appreciation for Rae and her role as the no-nonsense but gentle house mother on "The Facts of Life". In 1979, she was cast as the beloved Edna Garrett on the show The Facts of Life, and she stayed on until 1986 (the show was cancelled two years later).

Rae's extensive screen credits also include appearances in Bananas, ER, Pretty Little Liars, Boy Meets World and most recently, Ricki and the Flash. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life".

She is survived by her son, Larry, her sister and three grandchildren. She was remembered fondly by her co-star Todd Bridges.

A reboot of The Facts of Life is in the early stages at Sony Pictures TV with production companies run by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel circling the project.

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