Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

‘Facts of Life’ Star Charlotte Rae Remembered as ‘Funny, Wise, Lovely’

‘Facts of Life’ Star Charlotte Rae Remembered as ‘Funny, Wise, Lovely’

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, she began her career on the radio and at the Wauwatosa Children's Theatre before attending Northwestern University.

Charlotte Rae, 92, passed away in her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, surrounded my family, her publicist said.

Last year, Rae revealed that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer. Rae played housekeeper Edna Garrett on the show, and when her character proved popular, she proposed a spin-off that became The Facts of Life, a sitcom about a girls' boarding school and their house mother.

Both shows were wildly successful between the late '70s and mid-'80s - but they were just a small slice of her long career.

In the years since, Charlotte continued to act, with roles on shows like Pretty Little Liars, ER and The King of Queens. She has 93 acting credits to her name, according to TMZ.

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

Charlotte Rae (second from left) reunites with her "Facts of Life" castmates Kim Fields (from left), Lisa Whelchel and Mindy Cohn, for a 2001 TV movie.

'Nobody ever knew. So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time. "I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground", Rae told People Magazine.

"I had lovely wigs", Rae said.

Viewers quickly fell in love with Mrs. Garrett, who also served as a wise yet sharp-tongued mentor to the young women on "The Facts of Life".

The actress also appeared in 101 Dalmatians: The Series and starred alongside Hollywood actress Meryl Streep in the movie Ricki and the Flash.

She married composer John Strauss in 1951, and the couple had two sons, Larry and Andrew.

Actor Todd Bridges also paid his respects, writing: "Different Strokes would not have been the same without you Charlotte Rae".

Rae had survived a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2009, having caught the disease early following the deaths of her mother, uncle and sister to the disease.

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