'The Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae dead at 92

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae, who starred as Edna Garret on the classic '70s and '80s sitcoms "Diff'rent Stroke" and "The Facts of Life", has died at age 92. She announced to People magazine in April 2017 that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer.

She played Edna Garrett in "Diff'rent Strokes" and then on the beloved spinoff "The Facts of Life".

Rae shared many of her Hollywood experiences - including 44 years of sobriety and discovering that her husband, John Strauss, was bisexual - in her memoir, The Facts of My Life, released in 2015.

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Rae's first major TV role came when she was cast in the recurring role of Sylvia Schnauser on auto 54, Where Are You? back in 1962. "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life, ' she continued. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the, The Actors Fund, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pan-Can) or the Clare Foundation.

Her publicist confirmed the actress' death to CBS2/KCAL9. I lost my hair, but I had lovely wigs. Rae left the show in 1986 for health reasons, and though Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett's sister, the show was canceled two years later. Even while appearing on The Facts of Life, she also appeared on The Love Boat, playing three different roles in four episodes between 1982 and 1985.

"The Facts of Life" debuted in 1979 and centered around Mrs. Garrett's relationship with a group of girls she met in the season 1 finale of "Diff'rent Strokes".

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Rae also appeared on ER, Pretty Little Liars, and The King of Queens, as well as in films like Don't Mess with the Zohan. She was remembered fondly by her co-star Todd Bridges. She racked up over 90 credits across six decades, making her final appearance in the 2015 Meryl Streep movie Ricki and the Flash.

"Comedian Larry Wilmore said", My first tv gig a millennium of moons ago was on The Facts of Life.

Rae had survived a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2009, having caught the disease early following the deaths of her mother, uncle and sister to the disease.

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