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Actress Charlotte Rae, star of 'Facts of Life,' dead at 92

Actress Charlotte Rae, star of 'Facts of Life,' dead at 92”

She said in a statement at the time, 'Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer.

After Charlotte Rae's death was announced, many of her TV co-stars, including Facts Of Life stars Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn and Diff'rent Strokes' Todd Bridges, took to social media to pay tribute to their beloved Mrs. Garrett.

Actress Charlotte Rae attends Hallmark's Home and Family "Facts Of Life Reunion" at Universal Studios Backlot on February 12, 2016 in Universal City, California.

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

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Stage work was a passion for Rae, who in NY had appeared in a landmark production of Kurt Weill's "Threepenny Opera" and as Mammy Yokum in the hit musical "L'il Abner".

She added to People magazine: "So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind".

She is survived by a sister, her son Larry, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. As she wrote in her 2015 memoir, "The Facts of My Life", co-written with her son Larry, she struggled with alcoholism when her husband came out as bisexual and revealed he had been cheating on her with other men.

After college, she worked in Chicago on TV and radio before moving to New York City, where she developed a nightclub act and broke into Broadway.

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Rae played a wise and lovable woman on television, and based on the reactions to her death, her real-life character was just the same. The show was a spin-off that featured Mrs. Garrett as housemother to a group of private New York City boarding school girls.

She was known to give the children a helping hand through serious topics including dating, depression, alcohol and even AIDS. "If you saw it, you remember her reaching for Treat Williams".

In addition to playing Edna Garrett, Rae was a regular on the 60s sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?" and later appeared in films like "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" and "Ricki and the Flash". In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the, The Actors Fund, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pan-Can) or the Clare Foundation.

"Different Strokes would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae".

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Charlotte is survived by her two children, Larry and Andrew Strauss, from her marriage to U.S. film composer John Strauss.



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