Charlotte Rae, who had a six decade career as an actress and was best known as the wise housemother on The Facts of Life, died Sunday in Los Angeles. Rae's death comes a year after the actress was diagnosed with bone cancer.
Her big break into national notoriety came in 1978, when producer Norman Lear cast her in Diff'rent Strokes. "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".
Charlotte Rae said it was a "miracle" they found the pancreatic cancer "because usually, it's too late".
She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery. 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.
After taking some time away from the spotlight, the actress went on to appear as a guest in many other movies and television series including ER, Don't Mess With The Zohan, The King Of Queens and even Pretty Little Liars.
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. "If you saw it, you remember her reaching for Treat Williams".
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Charlotte is survived by her two children, Larry and Andrew Strauss, from her marriage to U.S. film composer John Strauss. "You were loved by everyone on our show", Bridges wrote on Twitter.
In an April 2017 statement, Rae said, "At 91, every day is a birthday".
Charlotte Rae (second from left) reunites with her "Facts of Life" castmates Kim Fields (from left), Lisa Whelchel and Mindy Cohn, for a 2001 TV movie.
Rae made numerous TV appearances in 1950s drama anthologies including "The U.S. Steel Hour", "Playhouse 90" and "Armstrong Circle Theater", sharing the black-and-white screen with such actors as Zero Mostel, Art Carney and Gertrude Berg.
Sony Pictures Television now controls the distribution rights to the NBC show which ran from 1979-1988 show.