Tony and Emmy Nominee Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

Charlotte Rae Dies: Mrs. Garrett from 'The Facts of Life' Dead at 92

The actress worked in TV and stage for decades but is perhaps best known for playing den mother Edna Garrett on TV's popular sitcom "The Facts of Life". Rae's death comes a year after the actress was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Rae first played Edna Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes in 1978 before starring on the spin-off The Facts of Life for seven seasons from 1979 to 1988.

Friends and fans have already taken to social media to pay their respects to the fallen star, including Mindy Cohn, who played one of Rae's students on The Facts of Life.

Her accolades include a TV Land Award and Looking Ahead Award; she was also nominated for two Tony awards and two Primetime Emmy Awards between 1966 and 1982.

Stage work was a passion for Rae, who in NY had appeared in a landmark production of Kurt Weill's "Threepenny Opera" and as Mammy Yokum in the hit musical "L'il Abner". She later did local theater, but broke into television as Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of Al Lewis' Officer Leo Schnauser on the classic comedy vehicle 54, Where Are You? I'm not in any pain right now.

Actress Charlotte Rae, born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, died Sunday at the age of 92, her representatives confirm. "I'm feeing so terrific and so glad to be above ground".

Donations may be made to the The Actors Fund, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pan-Can) or the Clare Foundation. A cause of death was not immediately provided. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life, ' she continued.

"I had handsome wigs", Rae said. By 1986, she left the show, saying there was nothing left to pursue with her character.

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

"She played "the Twitch" and other iconic comic television roles on the Phil Silver's Show and created the role of Sylvia Schnauzer on TV's classic, vehicle 54 Where Are You?" She was remembered fondly by her co-star Todd Bridges.

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.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Rae is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten, and her son, Larry.

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