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

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

She passed away peacefully at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Strauss said, and was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.

Charlotte Rae said it was a "miracle" they found the pancreatic cancer "because usually, it's too late". "I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening", she said previous year. "I'm grateful for the life I've already had", she added about her decision to go through treatment for the cancer. She garnered two Tony nominations and an Emmy nod, had guest roles on dozens of television shows and was featured in films like Woody Allen's "Bananas" and the 1979 adaptation of "Hair".

She 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 "Facts", which premiered the following season.

Rae played the beloved TV character until 1986, when health reasons forced her to step down.

The actress also appeared in 101 Dalmatians: The Series and starred alongside Hollywood actress Meryl Streep in the movie Ricki and the Flash.

In the years since, Charlotte continued to act, with roles on shows like Pretty Little Liars, ER and The King of Queens.

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Comedians Kathy Griffin and Gilbert Gottfried, as well as Broadway star Audra McDonald, also paid their respects via social media.

Grammy Award winning comedian Kathy Griffin simply said: "Rest in peace Charlotte Rae".

Rae is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten as well as her son Larry, whom she shared with ex-husband John Strauss. Rae's Mrs. Garrett (or Mrs. G, as Nancy McKeon's Jo liked to call her) helped guide the girls through every very special episode theme imaginable, from depression to dating, AIDS to alcohol.

Speaking out on her 91st birthday in April 2017, the veteran star proved that she was living her life to the fullest.

Rae made numerous TV appearances in 1950s drama anthologies including "The U.S. Steel Hour", "Playhouse 90" and "Armstrong Circle Theater", sharing the black-and-white screen with such actors as Zero Mostel, Art Carney and Gertrude Berg.

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