Charlotte Rae, Mrs. Garrett from The Facts of Life, Dies at 92

The woman who played Mrs. Garrett on 'Diff'rent Strokes' and 'The Facts of Life,' Charlotte Rae has died

Actress Charlotte Rae, who played the kindly maternal surrogate Mrs. Garrett on two hit '80s sitcoms, has died at age 92, according to several press reports.

At the time she said: "Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer". This came seven years after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

A year later, Charlotte was given her own spinoff series The Facts of Life when she became the housemother at a girls' boarding school.

In 2015, Rae co-starred in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash and published a memoir entitled (what else?) The Facts of My Life, co-written with one of her two sons Larry Strauss. Rae earned an Emmy nomination for the part, and was a two-time Tony nominee for her work on Broadway.

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".

"I have to make up my mind".

In addition to son Larry, she is survived by sister Miriam Guten and three grandchildren. "I love you Char", Cohn, who played Natalie, posted on Instagram. She was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live an actor's life. Appian Way, the company run by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, is in negotiations to executive produce a reboot of The Facts of Life alongside Jessica Biel's Iron Ocean Films, according to Deadline.

She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery.

As Hollywood Reporter notes, "Debuting in 1979, Facts of Life revolved around a group of teenage girls attending a private NY boarding school".

Upon hearing the news, stars including Kathy Griffin, Audra McDonald, Eric West and co-star Todd Bridges have been quick to send their love.

During her long career, Rae had a recurring role on "Car 54, Where Are You?". Rae's Mrs. Garrett (or Mrs. G, as Nancy McKeon's Jo liked to call her) helped guide the girls through every very special episode theme imaginable, from depression to dating, AIDS to alcohol.

"You all already know my heart is heavy yet", tweeted actress Kim Fields, who played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on Facts of Life.

"Different Strokes would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae".

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