Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

‘Facts of Life’ actress Charlotte Rae dies at 92

‘Facts of Life’ actress Charlotte Rae dies at 92

Rae a year ago told People Magazine that she learned she had been diagnosed bone cancer.

Rae's other television work included a year on Sesame Street, and a recurring role on Hot L Baltimore, then a season on Diff'rent Strokes, where her character Mrs. Garrett was born before spinning off on The Facts of Life, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. Initially set at a girls' boarding school, that NBC series ran for nine seasons, though Rae left after its seventh year.

'I love life. I've had a wonderful one already ...

Charlotte Rae, who starred as Mrs. Garrett in "The Facts Of Life" has sadly died at the age of 92. You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you.

"Sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles", tweeted Fields, who portrayed Tootie. "Rest In Peace Sweet Charlotte Rae".

Rae issued a memoir, titled The Facts of My Life, in 2015. "No, no, no! If people had a positive experience with Mrs. Garrett, that makes me so happy!"

Her own life was marked by tragedy, Rae told the AP in a 2015 interview. "I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening". Andy died in his mid-40s of a heart attack in 1999.

In an April 2017 statement, Rae said, "At 91, every day is a birthday".

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 continued making guest appearances on TV and taking small roles in films. The actress got recognized for the 1966 musical "Pickwick" and 1969 play "Morning, Noon and Night".

She is survived by her sons Larry and Andrew Strauss.

In 1978, Rae was cast as Diff'rent Strokes housekeeper Edna Garrett, a role which would go on to define her career. She said he disclosed to her he was bisexual and wanted an open marriage. Her ex-husband, composer John Strauss, died in 2011 after a battle with Parkinson's.

Services were pending, Boll said.

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