Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

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

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

She passed away peacefully at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Strauss said, and was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. Even while appearing on The Facts of Life, she also appeared on The Love Boat, playing three different roles in four episodes between 1982 and 1985.

Charlotte Rae said it was a "miracle" they found the pancreatic cancer "because usually, it's too late". I'd like to choose life. "I'm grateful for the life I've already had", she added about her decision to go through treatment for the cancer.

Charlotte initially got her break as the kooky housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes. Mrs. Garrett was the house mother at an all-girls' boarding school, and helped the students through some of the toughest moments of their lives.

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Former "Facts of Life" co-stars Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn expressed their sadness at Rae's passing on Twitter. She earned an Emmy nomination for the part, and she was a two-time Tony nominee for her work on Broadway. By 1986, she left the show, saying there was nothing left to pursue with her character. She also appeared in movies, including "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" with Adam Sandler and "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep.

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.

Edna Garrett provided kind if sometimes wry counsel to her Facts of Life charges on a series that was praised for dealing with sensitive teenage issues such as sex, drug use, eating disorders and peer pressure.

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A 1958 publicity photo heralds Charlotte Rae's appearance in a variety show at Chicago's Empire Room.

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

The Hollywood Reporter revealed the actor's were pushing a series return to the small screen through their respective production companies: Appian Way and Ocean Films.

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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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