Charlotte Rae Dies: House Mother On ‘The Facts Of Life’ Was 92

Charlotte Rae Dies: House Mother On ‘The Facts Of Life’ Was 92

Charlotte Rae Dies: House Mother On ‘The Facts Of Life’ Was 92

Charlotte Rae, the actress best known as the matriarch of the NBC boarding school sitcom "The Facts of Life", was remembered Sunday by colleagues and fans as a warm, funny, and versatile pro.

Rae revealed previous year that she was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Charlotte Rae said it was a "miracle" they found the pancreatic cancer "because usually, it's too late".

Charlotte Rae originated the character of Mrs. Garrett in 1978 during the first season of NBC's comedy "Diff'rent Strokes", then took Mrs. Garrett with her for the spinoff "The Facts of Life", which premiered the following season.

Actress Kim Fields, who worked with Rae on "The Facts of Life", said on Twitter that "you all already know my heart is heavy yet. sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears. and yeah, smiles".

The Tony and Emmy-nominated actress was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee.

Her career spanned more than sixty years, beginning in the New York Cabaret scene of the early 50's. "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time.

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According to EW, a representative for the 92-year-old confirmed her passing in her L.A. home area, however, the cause of death has not been revealed.

She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery. "I'm feeing so terrific and so glad to be above ground". "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life". I lost my hair, but I had lovely wigs.

Her last feature film credit was "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep in 2015.

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.

She is survived by a sister, her son Larry, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was remembered fondly by her co-star Todd Bridges.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Sony Pictures Television is in the very early stages of developing a Facts of Life reboot.

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