Charlotte Rae, housemother on 'The Facts of Life,' dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, housemother on 'The Facts of Life,' dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, housemother on 'The Facts of Life,' dies at 92

A cause of death was not immediately available, but Rae was diagnosed past year with bone cancer after beating pancreatic cancer, Boll said.

'About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it's too late. Rae played housekeeper Edna Garrett on the show, a character that proved popular enough to spin off into another series that became The Facts of Life, a sitcom about girls in a boarding school and their house mother.

The Tony and Emmy nominated actress appeared on the popular 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life for almost 10 years, sharing her personal struggles with the writers for the show to keep things realistic. 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? I'm not in any pain right now.

Charlotte was born Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Russian Jewish parents, Esther, who was a childhood friend of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and Meyer Lubotsky, a retail tire business owner. "I'm feeing so terrific and so glad to be above ground".

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

Her publicist confirmed the actress' death to CBS2/KCAL9.

"I had handsome wigs", Rae said. Rae left the show in 1986 for health reasons, and though Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett's sister, the show was canceled two years later.

'I love life. I've had a wonderful one already ...

Industry notables also expressed their appreciation for Rae and her role as the no-nonsense but gentle house mother on "The Facts of Life".

In the years since, Charlotte continued to act, with roles on shows like Pretty Little Liars, ER and The King of Queens. She racked up over 90 credits across six decades, making her final appearance in the 2015 Meryl Streep movie Ricki and the Flash.

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

A reboot of The Facts of Life is in the early stages at Sony Pictures TV with production companies run by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel circling the project.

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