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

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

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

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 vehicle 54, Where Are You?

Rae died Sunday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles.

The actress, whose career on screen and stage spanned more than six decades, charmed audiences as housemother Edna Garrett on the show, a spinoff of "Diff'rent Strokes".

Charlotte Rae, who starred as Mrs. Garrett in "The Facts Of Life" has sadly died at the age of 92.

The actress released a memoir in 2015 called "The Facts of My Life" in which she recounted the challenges faced by her family.

"She was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live as a creative, along with your talent and gifts. i love you char", Cohn, who played Natalie, posted on Instagram.

"I love life. I've had a wonderful one already ..."

"Sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles".

The Milwaukee native, who attended but did not graduate from Northwestern University, was a Tony-nominated Broadway star and successful TV character actress when she was hired on "Diff'rent Strokes".

In the early 1970s, Rae moved to Los Angeles with her then-husband, composer and music editor John Strauss, and their sons Andy and Larry.

Rae dispensed wise and sage advice to four young women (played by Nancy McKeon, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn) whether they wanted it or not. "I have this decision to make".

Rae's big showbiz break came in 1978, when television producer Norman Lear cast her in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes.

She said in a statement at the time, 'Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer. 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.

She is survived by a sister, her son Larry, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services were pending, Boll said.