Charlotte Rae passes away at 92 years old.
Charlotte Rae, who played a housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long time running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances.
Rae died at her Los Angeles home Sunday with her family and friends at her side, says her publicist, Harlan Boll. Her cause of death was not made public thus far, but Rae was diagnosed last year with bone cancer after beating pancreatic cancer, Boll said.
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.
Initially set at a girls’ boarding school, that NBC series ran for nine seasons. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, “I needed some time for the rest of my life.”
Rest in Peace charlotte Rae