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Actress Charlotte Rae, star of 'Facts of Life,' dies at 92

Actress Charlotte Rae, star of 'Facts of Life,' dies at 92
Posted at 8:15 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2018-08-06 01:41:29-04

(RNN) – Charlotte Rae, who played Edna Garrett on "Diff’rent Strokes" and its spinoff "The Facts of Life," has died at the age of 92, according to the actress' representatives.

Though the actress announced in 2017 she was battling bone cancer, her cause of death has not yet been revealed.

During her career, Rae earned two Emmy nominations, one of which was for "The Facts of Life."

In a 1982 interview, Rae talked about the character that made her a star:

"I want to bring in as much humanity as possible, as well as the humor," she said. "She's also a surrogate mother to the girls. I told them I wanted to be firm with the girls because I know it's important. Parents must lay down ground rules for their children to help them to grow up and to learn responsibility for their actions. They must learn to stand on their own two feet."

In addition to playing Edna Garrett, Rae was a regular on the 60s sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?" and later appeared in films like "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" and "Ricki and the Flash." 

Rae beat pancreatic cancer around 2010 and was diagnosed with bone cancer seven years later.

“I love life. I’ve had a wonderful one already,” she said after her second cancer diagnosis.

She was married to composer John Strauss. The couple, who had two sons, divorced in 1976.

Rae is also survived by three grandchildren.

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