Charlotte Rae, Beloved Mrs. Garrett On ‘Facts Of Life,’ Dead At 92

Aug 06, 2018, 09:22
Charlotte Rae, Beloved Mrs. Garrett On ‘Facts Of Life,’ Dead At 92

Celebrated stage and screen actress Charlotte Rae died on Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. The actress had been diagnosed with bone cancer in April 2017, and pancreatic cancer about seven years earlier. After appearing on shows like auto 54, Where Are You?

Initially set at a girls' boarding school, that NBC series ran for nine seasons.

Rae played the beloved TV character until 1986, when health reasons forced her to step down. "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life". (Jessica Biel and Leonardo DiCaprio are now eyeing a reboot of the series.) Rae earned an Emmy nomination in 1982 for her performance in the series but lost to Carol Kane for Taxi.

The Tony and Emmy nominated actress appeared on the popular 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life for almost 10 years, sharing her personal struggles with the writers for the show to keep things realistic.

Viewers quickly fell in love with Mrs. Garrett, who also served as a wise yet sharp-tongued mentor to the young women on "The Facts of Life".

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky on April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae attended Northwestern University, where she met many future stars, including Agnes Nixon, Charlton Heston, Paul Lynde, and Cloris Leachman, who would become a good friend.

Her career spanned more than half a century and Rae appeared in dozens of TV shows, movies and stage productions.

"You all already know my heart is heavy yet", tweeted actress Kim Fields, who played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on Facts of Life.

She married composer John Strauss in 1951, and the couple had two sons, Larry and Andrew.

In addition to Rae's son Larry and his wife, Eleanor, survivors include her sister Miriam, and grandchildren Sean, Carly, and Nora.

"I love life. I've had a wonderful one already ..."

In an interview with HuffPost in 2016, Rae said she never got exhausted of hearing people yell "Mrs. Garrett!" whenever they saw her.

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