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‘Facts of Life’ Star Charlotte Rae Remembered as ‘Funny, Wise, Lovely’

‘Facts of Life’ Star Charlotte Rae Remembered as ‘Funny, Wise, Lovely’

Actress Charlotte Rae, popular for her character Mrs. Garrett on the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life, has died at the age of 92.

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

'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 played Mrs Garrett in 1978 during the first season of the NBC comedy Diff'rent Strokes, and then took Mrs Garrett with her for the spinoff Facts of Life, which launched the following year.

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Actress Charlotte Rae attends Hallmark's Home and Family "Facts Of Life Reunion" at Universal Studios Backlot on February 12, 2016 in Universal City, California.

Rae earned an Emmy Award nomination in 1982 for her role as Edna Garrett on "The Facts of Life", a series built around young actresses Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn but held together by show business veteran Rae.

Rae gave her final TV performance on "Girl Meets World" in 2015 and appeared in her final movie, the Meryl Streep vehicle "Ricki and the Flash", a year later.

She is survived by her sons Larry and Andrew Strauss. "I want to tell everybody to celebrate every day, to savor the day, and be good to yourself, love yourself, and then you can be good to others and be of service to others". So, I love it all.

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Tributes came flooding in after the sad news of her death emerged.

In 2015, Rae opened up about her career in a memoir, The Facts of My Life.

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. The show was a spin-off that featured Mrs. Garrett as housemother to a group of private New York City boarding school girls.

Donations may be made to the The Actors Fund, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pan-Can) or the Clare Foundation. She was remembered fondly by her co-star Todd Bridges. "'My heart is full of Pain.' Rest in peace my friend". In it, she wrote plainly about her struggles with alcoholism, raising an autistic son, and on her husband, John Strauss, coming out as bi-sexual.

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