Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Charlotte Rae, Housemother From ‘The Facts Of Life,' Dead At 92

Charlotte Rae, Housemother From ‘The Facts Of Life,' Dead At 92

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. However, her representatives did not give a cause of death.

Rae dispensed wise and sage advice to four young women (played by Nancy McKeon, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn) whether they wanted it or not.

According to EW, reps for the Emmy nominated star confirmed she'd passed away Sunday, Aug. 5 in her L.A. -area home. "I love life. I've had a wonderful one already." she continued.

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". (Jessica Biel and Leonardo DiCaprio are now eyeing a reboot of the series.) Rae earned an Emmy nomination in 1982 for her performance in the series but lost to Carol Kane for Taxi. "No, no, no! If people had a positive experience with Mrs. Garrett, that makes me so happy!" I'd like to choose life. Andy died in his mid-40s of a heart attack in 1999.

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In her April 2017 statement, Rae also said, "At 91, every day is a birthday".

Rae gained fame on TV but she made her name as a thespian in the 1950s in such stage in roles ranging from "The Threepenny Opera" to "Li'l Abner".

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

The actress started her career on the radio and in theater as a teenager. The actress got recognized for the 1966 musical "Pickwick" and 1969 play "Morning, Noon and Night". There she was cast in the short-lived Norman Lear sitcom "Hot L Baltimore" and a similarly unsuccessful variety show hosted by Rich Little before scoring "Diff'rent Strokes", on which Mrs. Garrett was the family's housekeeper. 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. Strauss died in 2011.

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