Tony and Emmy Nominee Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

Tanya Cunningham
August 6, 2018

Charlotte Rae, best known as the matriarch on "The Facts of Life", died Sunday in Los Angeles, according to several media reports.

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

Rae first played Edna Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes in 1978 before starring on the spin-off The Facts of Life for seven seasons from 1979 to 1988.

"I grew up watching Charlotte Rae teach us the facts of life", wrote one Twitter user. She was a two-time nominee for both the Tony and Emmy Awards.

The actress, whose career on screen and stage spanned more than six decades, charmed audiences as housemother Edna Garrett on the show, a spinoff of "Diff'rent Strokes".

In the early 1960s, she created the role of Sylvia Schnauzer on TV series vehicle 54 Where Are You? I'm not in any pain right now.


Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, she began her career on the radio and at the Wauwatosa Children's Theatre before attending Northwestern University. I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground.

Donations may be made to the The Actors Fund, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pan-Can) or the Clare Foundation.

The cause of death is unknown. Now I have to figure out if I want to go have treatment again or opt for life. I lost my hair, but I had lovely wigs. Before she left the show in 1986 due to health problems, she earned an Emmy nomination in 1982. "I'm grateful for the life I've already had".

Industry notables also expressed their appreciation for Rae and her role as the no-nonsense but gentle house mother on "The Facts of Life".

Rae also appeared in episodes of ER, Life, Pretty Little Liars, Girl Meets World, The King of Queens, The Brothers Flub and Diagnosis Murder. "If you saw it, you remember her reaching for Treat Williams". She also appeared in movies, including "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" with Adam Sandler and "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep.

Rae had survived a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2009, having caught the disease early following the deaths of her mother, uncle and sister to the disease.

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