According to Deadline, Rae confirmed she had bone and pancreatic cancer a year ago. The actress had previously been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
She played Mrs Garrett in 1978 during the first season of the NBC comedy Diff'rent Strokes, and then took Mrs Garrett with her for the spinoff Facts of Life, which launched the following year.
NBC via Getty Images Rae, left, starred as Mrs. Edna Garrett on "The Facts of Life" for seven seasons. Rae earned an Emmy nomination for the part, and was a two-time Tony nominee for her work on Broadway.
Her career spanned more than half a century and Rae appeared in dozens of TV shows, movies and stage productions.
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According to TMZ, Rae also appeared in "The Love Boat", "101 Dalmatians: The Series", "Sesame Street", "Car 54, Where Are You?". "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time.
Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, she began her career on the radio and at the Wauwatosa Children's Theatre before attending Northwestern University. Her death was confirmed by Fox News. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the, The Actors Fund, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pan-Can) or the Clare Foundation. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life, ' she continued. I lost my hair, but I had attractive wigs. Mrs. Garrett was the house mother at an all-girls' boarding school, and helped the students through some of the toughest moments of their lives. 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). I love life. I've had a wonderful one already.
"Comedian Larry Wilmore said", My first tv gig a millennium of moons ago was on The Facts of Life.
The star leaves behind her two sons Larry and Andrew Strauss.