Charlotte Rae, best known for her role as the loveable Mrs Garrett on The Facts of Life, has passed away at the age of 92. "Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer", she told fans. This came seven years after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
She later gained national attention for her supporting role on "Diff'rent Strokes" before pitching Garrett as the centerpiece of a spinoff series that would become "The Facts of Life".
With her son, Larry, Rae wrote an autobiography entitled, "The Fact of My Life", and in 2016, noted she had remained close with many of her co-stars.
She also starred in several Broadway musicals in the 50s and 60s and received two Tony nominations, first in 1966 as best actress in Pickwick and again in 1969 for best actress in Morning, Noon and Night.
Her acting credits spanned theater, film, and TV, and included appearances in auto 54, Where Are You?, All in the Family, Sesame Street, and, more recently, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Pretty Little Liars, and Girl Meets World. Nobody ever knew. So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. So, I love it all.
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Industry notables also expressed their appreciation for Rae and her role as the no-nonsense but gentle house mother on "The Facts of Life".
Rae made a name for herself on the "Phil Silvers Show" and "Car 54, Where are You?".
For almost a decade, she was the wise housemother of four girls at a boarding school, and to millions more watching their televisions, on the hit series, The Facts of Life. Two years ago, she even supported Kim Fields in the audience when the actress competed on Dancing with the Stars.
She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery.
A 1958 publicity photo heralds Charlotte Rae's appearance in a variety show at Chicago's Empire Room.
"You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on The Facts of Life".