Charlotte Rae, housemother on 'The Facts of Life,' dies at 92

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae, housemother on 'The Facts of Life,' dies at 92

Rae famously played the housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes, and after becoming a popular character on the series, she was given a spin-off series in the form of The Facts of Life, where she worked as a house mother at a girl's bordering school.

"I wanted to be a serious actress and do all the classics", Rae told the Sun-Times in 1989.

The Tony and Emmy-nominated actress was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee.

Charlotte Rae, 92, passed away in her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, surrounded my family, her publicist said.

Todd Bridges, who was on "Diff'rent Strokes", said on Twitter that she was beloved by all her colleagues and that the show "would not have been the same without you". "I have this decision to make".

In her April 2017 statement, Rae also said, "At 91, every day is a birthday".

It was there that Broadway producers, who frequented such bistros, discovered her, leading to her first Broadway musical, called "Three Wishes for Jamie", in 1952.

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Rae gained fame on TV but she made her name as a thespian in the 1950s in such stage in roles ranging from "The Threepenny Opera" to "Li'l Abner".

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae started out in local theatre and radio before landing her big TV break as Sylvia Schnauser on the classic comedy auto 54, Where Are You?

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

Rae stayed busy with film and stage appearances, including 1971's "Bananas" from Woody Allen and 1979's "Hair".

In 2005, at age 79, she appeared in a new comedy, "Leading Ladies", at Ford's Theater in Washington.

In addition to Rae's son Larry and his wife, Eleanor, survivors include her sister Miriam, and grandchildren Sean, Carly, and Nora. The couple divorced in 1976 but remained friends, and she supported him through his long battle with Parkinson's disease, which ended with his death in 2011.

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