Charlotte Rae, best known for playing Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life, has died at the age of 92, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While no cause of death was immediately available, in 2017 Rae had discussed being diagnosed with bone and pancreatic cancer. She first charmed audiences as housekeeper Edna Garrett on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" before spinning off the role into a new sitcom, "The Facts of Life", which made her a star.
Charlotte Rae and Kim Fields on The Facts of Life.
Tony and Emmy nominated actress, comedienne and singer, Charlotte Rae passed away in her Los Angeles home, surrounded by family, on August 5th, 2018.
On the way up, Rae rubbed elbows with all the up-and-coming talents of the time, she even roomed with actress Cloris Leachman who would also later play the den mother role on "Facts" after Rae left the show in 1986. She played "the Twitch" and other iconic comic television roles on the Phil Silver's Show and created the role of Sylvia Schnauzer on TV's classic, vehicle 54 Where Are You? "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time.
Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee on 22 April 1926, Rae studied drama at Northwestern University before moving to NY where she found work doing satirical sketches in Greenwich Village clubs. "I'm feeing so terrific and so glad to be above ground". She revealed her mother, sister and uncle died of pancreatic cancer and that she was cancer-free after six months of chemotherapy. "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life". Her death was confirmed by Fox News. I love life. I've had a wonderful one already. I lost my hair, but I had handsome wigs.More news: Missing Iowa Jogger Mollie Tibbetts: Police Rule Out Possible Sighting
"The Facts of Life" debuted in 1979 and centered around Mrs. Garrett's relationship with a group of girls she met in the season 1 finale of "Diff'rent Strokes".
"She played "the Twitch" and other iconic comic television roles on the Phil Silver's Show and created the role of Sylvia Schnauzer on TV's classic, auto 54 Where Are You?" "If you saw it, you remember her reaching for Treat Williams".
She is survived by her son, Larry, her sister and three grandchildren.
"Comedian Larry Wilmore said", My first tv gig a millennium of moons ago was on The Facts of Life.