Charlotte Rae Of 'The Facts Of Life' And 'Diff'rent Strokes' Has Died At The Age Of 92

Krista Clark

Charlotte Rae, who was known mostly for her role as Mrs. Garrett on both Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, has died at the age of 92. She spoke to People about two cancer diagnoses in April, 2017. At that time, she had beat pancreatic cancer and had just been diagnosed with bone cancer. She described her experience with pancreatic cancer.

"About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer -- which is a miracle that they found it because usually it's too late. My mother, sister and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew."

In her role as housekeeper Edna Garrett, Charlotte Rae became a favorite character, and when the show was eventually canceled, she proposed a spin-off for the character. The network liked the idea, and The Facts of Life was born. She left the show in 1986, and it was canceled in 1988.

Rae also revealed in her memoir that Strauss eventually also joined AA and made a confession to his sponsor and then to her that changed her life. He was bisexual. They remained friends, but their marriage ended in divorce.

Although she was mostly known for her role as the beloved Mrs. Garrett, Rae's acting career started back in the 1950s. She appeared on The Phil Silvers Show from 1955 to 1958 and went on to join the cast of Car 54, Where Are You? from 1961 to 1963. In total, Rae had 93 acting credits to her name.

In her April, 2017, statement in which she revealed that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer, Charlotte Rae also said this.

"At 91, every day is a birthday. [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."