The Facts of Life Star Charlotte Rae Dead at 92

Charlotte Rae Getty

She was 92 years old.

Rae died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon surrounded by her family, her manager Paul Hilepo wrote in an email.

Rae stayed busy with film and stage appearances, including 1971's "Bananas" from Woody Allen and 1979's "Hair". 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?

In the 1970s, Rae finally made a public account of her divorce from Strauss, two years after his death in 2011, disclosing her former husband's complicated sexuality and desire for an open marriage. The actress had previously been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

"I love life. I've had a wonderful one already", she said after her second cancer diagnosis.

'So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. "Sometimes they'd come right over and hug me". "I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground", Charlotte told People at the time. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.

"When I walk down the street or I'm in the market or I'm in my vehicle and there's a truck driver next to me and they give me the thumbs-up sign and they say, 'We love you, ' it's so lovely". I'd like to choose life. So, I love it all.

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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Rae, who resurfaced in 2001's The Facts of Life Reunion, was also an Emmy-nominated performer thanks to 1975's Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.

It was there that Broadway producers discovered her, leading to her first Broadway musical, Three Wishes for Jamie, in 1952. She then starred as Mrs. Peachum in the 1954 revival of The Threepenny Opera.

In 2005, at age 79, she appeared in a new comedy, "Leading Ladies", at Ford's Theater in Washington.

Todd Bridges, who is now the only living star of Diff'rent Strokes (in addition to Rae, the actor's co-stars Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, and Conrad Bain have all passed away), posted a photo of his late co-star to Twitter with a sweet caption. "The Phil Silvers Show", "ER", and "Girl Meets World", among others.

In a tweet, Kim Fields, who played the gossipy Tootie in Facts of Life, tweeted "You all already know my heart is heavy yet. sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears. and yeah, smiles". "If you saw it, you remember her reaching for Treat Williams". But she continued to appear on television, in guest spots on "St". An episode of Diff'rent Strokes, called The Girls School, served as a backdoor pilot in the spring.

Death is a fact of life.

- Lisa Whelchel (@LisaWhelchel)Saddened to hear about Charlotte Rae's passing. She was subsequently replaced, and her character was sent to Africa to work with the Peace Corps.

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