Facts of Life star Charlotte Rae dies at 92


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 the age of 92, her publicist announced. The actress had been diagnosed with bone cancer in April 2017, and pancreatic cancer about seven years earlier. She later did local theater, but broke into television as Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of Al Lewis' Officer Leo Schnauser on the classic comedy auto 54, Where Are You? Rae also had starring and supporting roles in "The Love Boat", "101 Dalmatians: The Series", "Sesame Street", "Car 54, Where Are You?". Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life, ' she continued.

Rae won an Emmy nomination for her performance in the 1975 TV drama "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom", according to IMDb.

"At 91, every day is a birthday", Rae said in a statement after revealing her most recent diagnosis.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, she began her career on the radio and at the Wauwatosa Children's Theatre before attending Northwestern University.

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"I grew up watching Charlotte Rae teach us the facts of life", wrote one Twitter user. Before she was tapped to anchor the show, Rae was a fan favorite on the first two seasons of another Embassy comedy, NBC's "Diff'rent Strokes". Andy Strauss died in 1999, and she wrote her memoir The Facts of My Life, with Larry Strauss.

"You all already know my heart is heavy yet", tweeted actress Kim Fields, who played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on Facts of Life. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life". "I have this decision to make".

Rae is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten as well as son, Larry, his wife, Eleanor Strauss, grandchildren, Sean Strauss, Carly Fox and her husband Ethan Fox, and Nora Sidoti Magdol and her wife Katrina Sidoti Magdol and their daughter Louisa Sidoti Magdol.