'Facts of Life' Star Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae, who starred as Mrs. Garrett on "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes", died Sunday, her publicist announced. A cause of death was not immediately available, but Rae was diagnosed previous year with bone cancer after beating pancreatic cancer, Boll said.

Charlotte Rae said it was a "miracle" they found the pancreatic cancer "because usually, it's too late".

Charlotte shot to fame in the 1970s with her portrayal of loveable Mrs Edna Garrett in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and its spin-off series The Facts of Life.

Off-stage and off-screen, Charlotte's life was a rich mixture of joy and heartbreak that included a 25 year marriage to and creative partnership with legendary composer and music editor and supervisor, John Strausswith whom she had two sons, Andy Strauss (who died in 1999) and Larry Strauss with whom she wrote her memoir, The Facts of My Life, in 2015.

Rae appeared in a number of hit shows, including "The Partridge Family" and "The Defenders", before landing her most popular role in 1978. 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?

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 revealed her mother, sister and uncle died of pancreatic cancer and that she was cancer-free after six months of chemotherapy. "I'm feeing so terrific and so glad to be above ground".

The cause of death is unknown.

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"I had lovely wigs", Rae said. "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life".

She played the mother of Woody Allen's character in the movie "Bananas".

Despite the health problems, Rae continued to guest star in her later years, appearing in TV shows including ER, Pretty Little Liars, Sisters, and The King of Queens. "You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you "My heart is full of Pain" Rest in peace my friend".

Some of her former co-stars took to Twitter on Sunday night to pay their respects.

She is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten, and her son, Larry.

After starring in "The Facts of Life" from 1979 to 1986, she left the show to return to the stage.

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