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Facts of Life star Charlotte Rae dies

News 07/08/2018

Charlotte Rae, best known as the wise and patient Mrs Garrett on the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life, has passed away at the age of 92.

Rae died at her Los Angeles home on Sunday, her publicist Harlan Boll shared. A cause of death has not been released, but the actress was reportedly diagnosed last year with bone cancer after beating pancreatic cancer.

Rae made numerous TV appearances in the 1950s including 'The US Steel Hour', 'Playhouse 90' and 'Armstrong Circle Theater'.

In 1961 she became a semi-regular on the New York-based cop sitcom 'Car 54, Where Are You?' as the wife of the NYPD officer played by future Munsters grandpa Al Lewis.

Originally starring as Mrs Garrett in 1978 during the first season of TV comedy 'Diff'rent Strokes', her character was then taken to the spinoff show 'Facts of Life'.

Initially set at a girls' boarding school, the TV series ran for nine seasons. Rae left after its seventh year, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life."

She is survived by her son Larry Strauss, sister Miriam Guten and three grandchildren. Her other son Andy Strauss died in 1999.