Charlotte Rae

American actress (1926-2018)

Charlotte Rae (born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky; April 22, 1926 – August 5, 2018) was an American actress, comedian, singer, and dancer who was known for her role as Edna Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes and in The Facts of Life. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy in 1982.

Rae in September 2012

Rae was born on April 22, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Jewish-Russian parents.[1] She was raised in Milwaukee and in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Rae studied at Shorewood High School and at Northwestern University. She was married to John Strauss from 1951 until they divorced. They had two children.

In April 2017, Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer.[2] She died in Los Angeles, California on August 5, 2018 from the disease, aged 92.[3]


  1. "Charlotte Rae Biography (1926-)". Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  2. Dugan, Christina (2017-04-27). "The Facts of Life's Charlotte Rae Has Been Diagnosed with Bone Cancer at 91". Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  3. Haring, Bruce. "Charlotte Rae Dies: House Mother On "The Facts of Life" Was 92". Retrieved 2018-08-05.

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