Actress Charlotte Rae of 'Facts of Life' Fame Dies at 92

Carla Harmon
August 6, 2018

The actress, best known as wise and lovable house mother Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life, died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles, representatives for the actress confirmed. While a cause of death wasn't made immediately clear, Rae recently announced she had been diagnosed with bone cancer in the spring of 2017.

Charlotte got her start in show biz through radio and theater, and broke into television acting on vehicle 53, Where Are You?

Initially set at a girls' boarding school, that NBC series ran for nine seasons.


Friends and fans have already taken to social media to pay their respects to the fallen star, including Mindy Cohn, who played one of Rae's students on The Facts of Life.

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".

'So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. The latter role earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy in 1982. I lost my hair, but I had handsome wigs. "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", Rae told People Magazine. So, I love it all. By 1986, she left the show, saying there was nothing left to pursue with her character.


Despite the health problems, Rae continued to guest star in her later years, appearing in TV shows including ER, Pretty Little Liars, Sisters, and The King of Queens.

In the early 1970s, Rae moved to Los Angeles with her then-husband, composer and music editor John Strauss, and their sons Andy and Larry.

"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.


In an interview with HuffPost in 2016, Rae said she never got exhausted of hearing people yell "Mrs. Garrett!" whenever they saw her.

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