Charlotte Rae, best known for her role as the loveable Mrs Garrett on The Facts of Life, has passed away at the age of 92. "About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it's too late". The character got her own spinoff, The Facts of Life, in 1979, which found Mrs. Garrett serving as house mother at a girls' boarding school.
Her longtime publicist, B. Harlan Boll, said Rae had a 25-year marriage to legendary composer and music editor and supervisor, John Strauss, They 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. After appearing on shows like vehicle 54, Where Are You?
Charlotte was a part of the Northwestern University's renaissance of theater and music and comedy along with many great creators and performers of her generation; she spent many insane days-and nights-in Evanston and NY cavorting with roommate, Cloris Leachman, comedy partner, Paul Lynde, and other rising stars of the late 40's and early 50's.
She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery. I lost my hair, but I had lovely wigs.
"I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground", she explained.
The cause of death is unknown.
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Due to health reasons, Charlotte left the show in 1986 and actress Cloris Leachman stepped in as her character before the series was cancelled two years later.
Her last feature film credit was "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep in 2015. "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".
In the years since, Charlotte continued to act, with roles on shows like Pretty Little Liars, ER and The King of Queens.
Some of her former co-stars took to Twitter on Sunday night to pay their respects.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Rae is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten, and her son, Larry.
The actress told Fox News last spring that she still stayed in touch with her family from "The Facts of Life", and that when Kim Fields, who played Tootie, was on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2016, Rae was in the studio cheering her on.