Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Charlotte Rae Dead: ‘The Facts Of Life’ Star Sadly Dies At 92

Charlotte Rae Dead: ‘The Facts Of Life’ Star Sadly Dies At 92

Charlotte Rae, best known for starring as the lovable house mother, Edna Garrett on the NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life, died Sunday in Los Angeles. Her cause of death has not been confirmed, but in 2017, she did reveal that she was suffering from pancreatic and bone cancer.

In an interview with HuffPost in 2016, Rae said she never got exhausted of hearing people yell "Mrs. Garrett!" whenever they saw her. I love life. I've had a wonderful one already. When she announced her diagnosis, she admitted that she was first diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer seven years earlier, but was able to go into remission after chemotherapy treatments without the public knowing. "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae got her start doing theater and radio. She broke into television playing Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of Al Lewis' Officer Leo Schnauser on auto 54, Where Are You?

During her long career, which spanned over six decades, Rae appeared in dozens of movies, TV shows and stage productions - which earned her two Tony Award nominations in 1966 and 1989 for her roles in Pickwick and Morning, Noon and Night respectively. 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. Before she left the show in 1986 due to health problems, she earned an Emmy nomination in 1982.

Rae's role as Mrs. Garrett made her a role model and counselor to many teen girls, as she guided her TV charges through teen issues ranging from dating to alcohol.

Rae went on to guest star on TV shows like ER, Pretty Little Liars, Sisters, and The King of Queens, and appeared in movies such as Don't Mess with the Zohan and Tom and Jerry: The Movie. Her final regular gig was voicing "Nanny" in the animated 101 Dalmations: The Series, which aired from 1997-98.

Rae dispensed wise and sage advice to four young women (played by Nancy McKeon, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn) whether they wanted it or not.

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