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. A cause of death has not been released, but past year, Rae revealed she was battling cancer. The show was a spinoff after her character became a breakout role on "Diff'rent Strokes". In the popular NBC comedy, Rae played a housemother at an all-girls boarding school. Rae also had starring and supporting roles in "The Love Boat", "101 Dalmatians: The Series", "Sesame Street", "Car 54, Where Are You?".
Todd Bridges, who was on "Diff'rent Strokes", said on Twitter that she was beloved by all her colleagues and that the show "would not have been the same without you". "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time. I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground. When she announced her diagnosis, she admitted that she was first diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer seven years earlier, but was able to go into remission after chemotherapy treatments without the public knowing.
Due to health reasons, Charlotte left the show in 1986 and actress Cloris Leachman stepped in as her character before the series was cancelled two years later. I've had a wonderful one already... She had two sons, Larry and Andrew, with her ex-husband, John Strauss, who she divorced in 1976 after he came out as bi-sexual.
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Mindy Cohn, who played Natalie Green on The Facts of Life, wrote a tribute to the late actress on Instagram.
In addition to Rae's son Larry and his wife, Eleanor, survivors include her sister Miriam, and grandchildren Sean, Carly, and Nora. "No, no, no! If people had a positive experience with Mrs. Garrett, that makes me so happy!"
Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, on April 22, 1926, she had studied drama at Northwestern University, then moved to NY where, despite early plans to be a "serious" actress, she quickly found work doing satirical sketches in Greenwich Village clubs.