Charlotte Rae, The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ star, dead 92

Charlotte Rae, best known for her character Mrs. Garrett on “Diff’rent Strokes” and ” The Facts of Life,” has died at 92, her publisher announced.


Charlotte Rae, the Emmy and Tony-nominated actress who entertained TV audiences as Mrs. Garrett on “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Sunday at age 92, her publisher announced.

The actress died in her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, according to the publicist, that is not a cause of death.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, she is best known for her role as the beloved housemother Edna Garrett, who first appeared on “Diff’rent Strokes” in 1978 to earn her own spin-off, “The Facts of Life,” the following year.

Viewers quickly fell in love with Mrs. Garrett, who also served as a wise yet sharp-tongued mentor of the young women on “The Facts of Life.” In 1986, she left the show, saying: there was nothing more to pursue with her character.

The actress began her career on the radio and in the theatre as a teenager.

They announced in April 2017, that she was diagnosed with bone cancer, and seven years earlier was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


Charlotte Rae said that it was a “miracle”, they found the pancreatic cancer “, because usually it is too late.” She revealed her mother, sister and uncle died of pancreatic cancer, and that she was cancer-free after six months of chemotherapy.

The actress told Fox News last spring that they still remained in contact with her family of “The Facts of Life,” and that, when Kim Fields, who played the role of A, was on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2016, Rae was in the studio cheering her on.

Charlotte Rae, 92, died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, surrounded my family, her publicist said.

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Rae added that she was not surprised about the tone continued to be adored by fans.

“The show covers the problems that could bring parents and children together,” she explained. “And the people enjoyed. When I have a book signing at Barnes and Noble, I saw that there are a lot of people who stood in line and they told me that I meant so much for them… They were very attached to Mrs. Garrett. And they all wanted a hug from me! And I gave it to them. All of them.”

Fox News’ Leora Arnowitz, Stephanie Nolasco, and Mike Arroyo contributed to this report.

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