Rae won a Prime Time Emmy Award nomination for the role in 1982. The actress had previously been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. "I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground", Rae told People Magazine.
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? She revealed her mother, sister and uncle died of pancreatic cancer and that she was cancer-free after six months of chemotherapy. I lost my hair, but I had lovely wigs. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.
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.
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In 1979, she was cast as the beloved Edna Garrett on the show The Facts of Life, and she stayed on until 1986 (the show was cancelled two years later).
In the years since, Charlotte continued to act, with roles on shows like Pretty Little Liars, ER and The King of Queens. The cast also celebrated the show's 35th anniversary with a reunion at PaleyFest in 2014. Her other son Andy Strauss died in 1999. That same year she released her autobiography "The Facts of My Life", co-written by her son Larry Strauss.
Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky on April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae attended Northwestern University, where she met many future stars, including Agnes Nixon, Charlton Heston, Paul Lynde, and Cloris Leachman, who would become a good friend.