Charlotte Rae, ‘The Facts of Life’ Actress, Has Passed Away at 92
Charlotte Rae, best known for her role as a housemother in “The Facts of Life,” has died at the age of 92.
The actress passed away at her home in Los Angeles on Aug. 5 surrounded by family, according to publicist Harlan Boll, reported Fox News.
Her publicist did not reveal the cause of death, however, Rae told People Magazine in April last year she was diagnosed with bone cancer after defeating pancreatic cancer.
“Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer,” Rae told the magazine.
“About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer—which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it’s too late. My mother, sister and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew.”
The actress, who was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a two-time Emmy nominated actress most famous for her role as Mrs. Garrett on the television series “Diff’rent Strokes” and its spinoff “The Facts of Life.” She played a number of other roles in various television shows, delighting television fans for generations and becoming a household name.
She also appeared in a number of Broadway musical performances such as “Three Wishes for Jamie,” “Threepenny Opera,” and “The Beauty Part.”
Many celebrities have paid tribute to the beloved actress.
Different Strokes would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae. You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you "My heart is full of Pain" Rest in peace my friend pic.twitter.com/8FbterNz3S
— Todd Bridges (@ToddBridges) August 6, 2018
She was so sweet, funny, wise, lovely, and brilliant. She will be so missed. Rest In Peace Sweet Charlotte Rae. pic.twitter.com/c7OrehPeb0
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) August 6, 2018
it’s with a heavy heart & lots of tears (but a smile as i think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being in it. she was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live as a creative, along with your talent and gifts. i love you char. i will continue to make you proud. and, as I send sympathies to larry and the rest of the family, I wish you the happiest of homecomings. #ripcharlotterae 💔 #ohwhatalife #mwah #tilwemeetagain #thankyou
Rae remained single after her divorce with John Strauss in 1976. She is survived by her son Larry Strauss, sister Miriam Guten and three grandchildren, according to The New York Times. Andy Strauss, her other son, died in 1999.