Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

‘Facts of Life’ actress Charlotte Rae dies at 92

‘Facts of Life’ actress Charlotte Rae dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life" during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it's too late. She later did local theater, but broke into television as Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of Al Lewis' Officer Leo Schnauser on the classic comedy vehicle 54, Where Are You?

Reports have revealed on Sunday that Facts Of Life and Diff'rent Strokes star Charlotte Rae has past away.

Mrs. Garrett began on the show "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-84.) She also briefly reprised the role on the shore-lived "Hello, Larry". Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.

During her Northwestern years, she performed in the school's annual musical comedy revue known as the Waa-Mu Show and moonlighted on the Chicago-based radio soap opera "Pepper Young's Family". (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.

In addition to acting, Rae was an accomplished singer and dancer.

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She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery. You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you. "I love life. I've had a wonderful one already." she continued.

"Sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles", tweeted Fields, who portrayed Tootie.

She received Tony nominations in 1966 for "Pickwick" and in 1969 for "Morning, Noon and Night".

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

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