'Facts of Life' Star Charlotte Rae Dies at 92

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The actress passed away in her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, according to the publicist, who did not provide a cause of death.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae got her start doing theater and radio.

However, her big break was on Diff'rent Strokes in 1978. She recorded a solo album, Songs I Taught My Mother, in 1955 and received two Tony nominations in the '60s, including for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Play.

Rae played the kooky but kind housekeeper Edna Garrett (unmissable thanks to that mound of bright orange hair) on Diff'rent Strokes, and when she became a popular breakout character, Rae herself proposed a spin-off. While a cause of death wasn't made immediately clear, Rae announced previous year she had been diagnosed with bone cancer that spring.

In her role, Rae played the house mother at the Eastland School for Girls on The Facts of Life, in a role that earned her an Emmy nomination in 1982. She continued making guest appearances on TV and taking small roles in films.

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Rae's first major TV role came when she was cast in the recurring role of Sylvia Schnauser on vehicle 54, Where Are You? back in 1962. She has 93 acting credits to her name. She had two sons, Larry and Andrew, with her ex-husband, John Strauss, who she divorced in 1976 after he came out as bi-sexual.

Rae issued a memoir, titled The Facts of My Life, in 2015.

Kim Fields, who portrayed Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the hit sitcom, was one of the first to express her grief, writing on Twitter, "You all already know my heart is heavy yet.... sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles...."

"I wanted to be a serious actress and do all the classics", Rae told the Sun-Times in 1989. I don't mind it.

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