Charlotte Rae Dead: ‘The Facts Of Life’ Star Sadly Dies At 92

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Rae, whose full name was Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, began her path to stardom at 16 on the radio and at the Wauwatosa Children's Theatre.

In April 2017 Rae announced she had been diagnosed with bone cancer after having survived pancreatic cancer seven years earlier.

Although the role of Mrs. Garrett is what made her famous, Rae appeared as Woody Allen's mother in the film Bananas (1971).

After leaving Facts in 1986, replaced by Cloris Leachman for the last two years of the show's run, Rae took a variety of voice and acting roles on shows ranging from the animated 101 Damations: The Series to ER to Girl Meets World.

In her role, Rae played the house mother at the Eastland School for Girls on The Facts of Life, in a role that earned her an Emmy nomination in 1982. "I'm feeing so terrific and so glad to be above ground". "She was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live as a creative, along with your talent and gifts".

"Sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears. and yeah, smiles", tweeted Fields, who played Tootie.




Grammy Award winning comedian Kathy Griffin simply said: "Rest in peace Charlotte Rae".

She remained single after her marriage ended, but "I have wonderful friends", she told The Associated Press in 2015.

Her career in the theater included numerous roles on Broadway stage as well as Shakespeare in the Park and Summer Stock. She was Tony-nominated in 1966 for her work in the musical "Pickwick" and in 1969 for the play "Morning, Noon, and Night". You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you.

Rae wrote a 2015 memoir, "The Facts of My Life", in which she recounted husband John Strauss' disclosure that he was bisexual and described how she dealt with the death of her son Andy, who had autism and epilepsy.

Her big break into national notoriety came in 1978, when producer Norman Lear cast her in Diff'rent Strokes. She roomed with Cloris Leachman and also befriended Paul Lynde, then she began doing standup comedy in the NY cabaret scene in the early 1950s.

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