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Facts of Life star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

Facts of Life star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

She was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky on April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Russian immigrants.

The actor died at her Los Angeles home on Sunday with her family at her side, said her publicist, Harlan Boll. While no cause of death was immediately available, in 2017 Rae had discussed being diagnosed with bone and pancreatic cancer. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life".

The Facts of Life role came after years of theatre and television performances. She acted alongside Meryl Streep in the 2015 film "Ricki and the Flash" and showed off her still razor-sharp comedic skills in Adam Sandler's "You Don't Mess with the Zohan". She revisited it in the TV movie "The Facts of Life Reunion" (2001).

"'Diff'rent Strokes" would not have been the same without you, Charlotte Rae", tweeted Todd Bridges, who played Willis Jackson in the series. "She will be so missed". "Nobody even knew", she said.

"It's with a heavy heart & tears (but a smile as I think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being it". [In my book] I want to tell everybody to celebrate every day, to savor the day and be good to yourself, love yourself, and then you can be good to others and be of service to others, ' she sad in a Statement.

"At the age of 91, I have to make up my mind". Her other son, Andrew, died of a heart attack.

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Rae was also a singer, putting out the album Songs I Taught My Mother in 1955.

Rae continued to work late into her career, earning roles on hit television shows like "ER", "The King of Queens", and "Murder, She Wrote". The actress got recognized for the 1966 musical "Pickwick" and 1969 play "Morning, Noon and Night".

Charlotte is survived by her two children, Larry and Andrew Strauss, from her marriage to United States film composer John Strauss.

Rae originated the role of doting Drummond family housekeeper Edna Garrett in 1978 with Diff'rent Strokes. She starred as Woody Allen's mother in the 1971 comedy Bananas. She was just the best and nicest lady. Strauss died in 2011.

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