Garrett on "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes" - died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles, according to her publicist. While no cause of death was immediately available, in 2017 Rae had discussed being diagnosed with bone and pancreatic cancer.
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 auto 54, Where Are You?
Rae starred in the series for seven seasons as a kooky mentor to the students at a fictional all-girls boarding school.
Industry notables also expressed their appreciation for Rae and her role as the no-nonsense but gentle house mother on "The Facts of Life". "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life".
Rae began her career in theater, earning Tony nominations for her performances in Morning Noon and Night and Pickwick on Broadway. I love life. I've had a wonderful one already.
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Rae's extensive screen credits also include appearances in Bananas, ER, Pretty Little Liars, Boy Meets World and most recently, Ricki and the Flash. As she wrote in her 2015 memoir, "The Facts of My Life", co-written with her son Larry, she struggled with alcoholism when her husband came out as bisexual and revealed he had been cheating on her with other men. The actress had previously been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
"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.
The star leaves behind her two sons Larry and Andrew Strauss.