'The Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae dead at 92

Irene MckinneyAug 06, 2018

Charlotte Rae, whose role as lovable house mother Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life charmed a TV generation, has died. She disclosed previous year that she was battling bone cancer. She made her television debut in 1954, guest-starring on a number of shows before landing a role in 1979 on "Diff'rent Strokes". Initially set at a girls' boarding school, that NBC series ran for nine seasons, though Rae left after its seventh year.

Reports have revealed on Sunday that Facts Of Life and Diff'rent Strokes star Charlotte Rae has past away.

The actress played Mrs. Garrett on the beloved 1980s series, a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes. "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life".

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, the actress grew up in Milwaukee and later attended Northwestern University - studying alongside a slew of acting greats, such as Charlton Heston and Paul Lynde.

During her long career, which spanned over six decades, Rae appeared in dozens of movies, TV shows and stage productions - which earned her two Tony Award nominations in 1966 and 1989 for her roles in Pickwick and Morning, Noon and Night respectively.

Viewers quickly fell in love with Mrs. Garrett, who also served as a wise yet sharp-tongued mentor to the young women on "The Facts of Life".

Her publicist confirmed the actress' death to CBS2/KCAL9. She was replaced by Cloris Leachman.

"She was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live as a creative, along with your talent and gifts. i love you char", Cohn, who played Natalie, posted on Instagram.

She is survived by a sister, her son Larry, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

"I love life. 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. "No, no, no! If people had a positive experience with Mrs. Garrett, that makes me so happy!"

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