'Facts of Life' Star Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

'Facts of Life' Star Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

'Facts of Life' Star Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, the actress best known for roles on "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Facts of Life", reportedly died Sunday. Rae revealed a year ago that she had bone and pancreatic cancer, but a cause of death was not immediately revealed. She also appeared in movies, including "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" with Adam Sandler and "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep.

In that series, she served as the house mother at a girls' boarding school.

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.

The actress played Mrs. Garrett on the beloved 1980s series, a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes.

The actress started her career on the radio and in theater as a teenager. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life".

Kim Fields, who portrayed Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the hit sitcom, was one of the first to express her grief, writing on Twitter, "You all already know my heart is heavy yet.... sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles...."

The Tony and Emmy-nominated actress was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee. She was replaced by Cloris Leachman.

In the years since, Charlotte continued to act, with roles on shows like Pretty Little Liars, ER and The King of Queens.

"At 91, every day is a birthday", Rae said in a statement after revealing her most recent diagnosis. She had two sons, Larry and Andrew, with her ex-husband, John Strauss, who she divorced in 1976 after he came out as bi-sexual.

"Facts of Life" hailed from Norman Lear's Embassy Communications.

In addition to Rae's son Larry and his wife, Eleanor, survivors include her sister Miriam, and grandchildren Sean, Carly, and Nora. "I don't want her to be Polly Perfect, because she must have human failings and make mistakes".

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