Charlotte Rae the beloved actress and star of the hit 80’s sitcom, “The Facts of Life,” passed away on Sunday at her Los Angeles home after battling bone cancer.
She was 92.
The talented actress gained nationwide acclaim for her role as Edna Garrett, first on Diff’rent Strokes, and then on the beloved spinoff The Facts of Life.
In her role, Rae played the house mother at the Eastland School for Girls on The Facts of Life, in a role that earned her an Emmy nomination in 1982. She’d previously been nominated in 1975 for her role in Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.
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.
Rae starred on The Facts of Life from 1979 to 1986, and had recurring roles on beloved shows like The Love Boat, St. Elsewhere, 101 Dalmations: The Series and ER. Most recently, she appeared on Pretty Little Liars in 2011 and an episode of Girl Meets World in 2014, followed by a role in the Meryl Streep musical dramedy Ricki and the Flash in 2015.
Charlotte is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten, and her son, Larry. She is predeceased by her son, Andrew, who died of a heart attack.
Kim Fields took to social media to react to the news of Charlotte’s death.
— Kim Fields (@KimVFields) August 6, 2018
Mindy Cohn also took to social media to pay tribute to Charlotte.
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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 an actor’s life. 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
My condolences to Ms. Rae’s family and all who loved her.