‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

Charlotte Rae

Her work on the small screen included a year with the Muppets on Sesame Street, as well as seasons on the ground-breaking Hot L Baltimore, Rich Little's variety show and then a season on Different Strokes on which she created Mrs. Garrett who spun off into the iconic house mother on The Facts of Life-a hit show that earned her an Emmy nomination and launched the careers of writer/director Paul Haggis and worldwide star George Clooney.

Charlotte Rae originated the character of Mrs. Garrett in 1978 during the first season of NBC's comedy "Diff'rent Strokes", then took Mrs. Garrett with her for the spinoff "The Facts of Life", which premiered the following season.

Rae departed The Facts of Life after Season 7, at which point Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Ann, for the last two seasons.

That led to a long career on Broadway, where Rae earned Tony nominations for her roles in Pickwick, Morning Noon and Night, and later an Emmy nomination for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.

Charlotte Rae, a gregarious actress with a prodigious career on stage, screen and TV, died on Sunday at the age of 92, her son Larry Strauss told CNN. After appearing on shows like auto 54, Where Are You? I'm not in any pain right now.

Rae, whose full name was Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, began her path to stardom at 16 on the radio and at the Wauwatosa Children's Theatre.

She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery. A cause of death was not provided.

"I had lovely wigs", Rae said. Before she left the show in 1986 due to health problems, she earned an Emmy nomination in 1982.

Her new sitcom was focused around a girl's boarding school and their loving housekeeper Mrs. Garrett. "I love you Char", Cohn, who played Natalie, posted on Instagram. Her last TV credit was a 2015 episode of Girl Meets World.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Rae is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten, and her son, Larry. "If you saw it, you remember her reaching for Treat Williams".

According to Deadline, a reboot of "The Facts of Life" is in early stages at Sony Pictures TV.

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