The Facts Of Life star Charlotte Rae dies days after reboot news

Charlotte Rae Dies: Mrs. Garrett from 'The Facts of Life' Dead at 92

A spokesman for Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and caring housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life", says the actress has died.

Past year it was reported that Rae had been diagnosed with bone cancer. 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.

During her first cancer battle, the actress went through gruelling chemotherapy and lost all her hair, but ended up beating the cancer. I lost my hair, but I had lovely wigs.

'Nobody ever knew. So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life. "I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening", she said a year ago.

Rae departed The Facts of Life after Season 7, at which point Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Ann, for the last two seasons. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life". "I'm grateful for the life I've already had". 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.

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

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

Rae acted well into her 80s and appeared on the big screen as recently as 2015, alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield in "Ricki and the Flash".

Rae eventually reprised her role as Mrs. Garrett in the 2001 TV-movie The Facts of Life Reunion.

In addition to Rae's son Larry and his wife, Eleanor, survivors include her sister Miriam, and grandchildren Sean, Carly, and Nora.

Charlotte was a part of the Northwestern University's renaissance of theater and music and comedy along with many great creators and performers of her generation; she spent many insane days-and nights-in Evanston and NY cavorting with roommate, Cloris Leachman, comedy partner, Paul Lynde, and other rising stars of the late 40's and early 50's.

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