Charlotte Rae Dies: House Mother On ‘The Facts Of Life’ Was 92

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Charlotte Rae and Kim Fields on The Facts of Life

Charlotte Rae - the actress who played the beloved Mrs. Garrett in "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life" - has reportedly died, according to TMZ.

The Diff'rent Strokes actress had been diagnosed with bone cancer last April, just seven years after successfully battling pancreatic cancer. 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?

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

Charlotte Rae, best known for her character Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life", has died at 92, her publicist announced.

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'So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. I'm not in any pain right now. "I'm feeing so terrific and so glad to be above ground". "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for 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. She earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 1982.

Rae also appeared in episodes of ER, Life, Pretty Little Liars, Girl Meets World, The King of Queens, The Brothers Flub and Diagnosis Murder.

Mindy Cohn, who played Natalie Green on The Facts of Life, wrote a tribute to the late actress on Instagram.

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

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.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, on April 22, 1926, she had studied drama at Northwestern University, then moved to NY where, despite early plans to be a "serious" actress, she quickly found work doing satirical sketches in Greenwich Village clubs.

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