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

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

Rae was born in Milwaukee in 1926 as Charlotte Rae Lubotsky but dropped her last name as she moved into acting and performing on the radio.

'About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it's too late.

As Edna Garrett, the witty housekeeper from "Diff'rent Strokes", Rae managed to steal the hearts of millions - so much, in fact, that she later earned her own spinoff.

Charlotte Rae, who brought wisdom and wackiness in equal measure as the matriarch in the 80's sitcom "The Facts of Life", has died.

The actress was nominated for two Tony awards and received an an Emmy nomination in 1975 and again in 1982.

Rae gave her final TV performance on "Girl Meets World" in 2015 and appeared in her final movie, the Meryl Streep vehicle "Ricki and the Flash", a year later.

She went on to say, "So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind".

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She is survived by her sons Larry and Andrew Strauss.

"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. i love you char", Cohn, who played Natalie, posted on Instagram. "I'm grateful for the life I've already had".

Comedians Kathy Griffin and Gilbert Gottfried, as well as Broadway star Audra McDonald, also paid their respects via social media. The series, set at an all-girls boarding school in Peekskill, N.Y., followed housemother Mrs. Garrett and her teen charges, played by Lisa Whelchel, Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, and Nancy McKeon.

During her long career, Rae had a recurring role on "Car 54, Where Are You?".

Rae was a survivor - after losing her mother and her sister to pancreatic cancer, she opted to be screened early and beat cancer. "Nobody ever knew", she told People in April 2017. Along with co-starring in Bananas with Woody Allen, she was featured in Hello Down There (1969), Jenny (1970), The Hot Rock (1972) and Hair (1979). "You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you "My heart is full of Pain" Rest in peace my friend".

Rae's death comes on the heels of reports that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel are looking to produce a reboot of The Facts of Life. Rae divorced her husband in 1976 after having two sons.