Tony and Emmy Nominee Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

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Charlotte Rae and Kim Fields on The Facts of Life

07 August, 2018

Charlotte Rae, who had a six decade career as an actress and was best known as the wise housemother on The Facts of Life, died Sunday in Los Angeles.

In an April 2017 statement, Rae said, "At 91, every day is a birthday". The actress had previously been diagnosed with 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.

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.

Rae won an Emmy nomination for her performance in the 1975 TV drama "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom", according to IMDb.

Rae was a familiar face to TV viewers from her appearances on a variety of shows, including the 1960s police sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?". "I have this decision to make".

Rae is survived by her two sons and sister, Miriam Guten, along with three grandchildren.

"When I walk down the street or I'm in the market or I'm in my auto and there's a truck driver next to me and they give me the thumbs-up sign and they say, 'We love you, ' it's so lovely".

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Edna Garrett provided kind if sometimes wry counsel to her "Facts of Life" charges (which, besides Cohn and Fields, included Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon and Molly Ringwald) on a series that was praised for dealing with such sensitive issues of teenhood as sex, drug use, eating disorders and peer pressure.

Rae's fans and former co-stars were among those mourning her death.

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.

While Rae's earliest TV work included roles on the sitcom auto 54, Where Are You? You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you.

After becoming a popular breakout character on the show, she got her own spin-off - The Facts Of Life.

Actor Todd Bridges said on Twitter: "Different Strokes would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae".

The star leaves behind her two sons Larry and Andrew Strauss.

Charlotte Rae remained on the hit series for seven seasons.

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