FACTS OF LIFE -- Pictured: (clockwise, l-r) Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Nancy McKeon as Joanna 'Jo' Marie Polniaczek, Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Remembering Charlotte Rae, TV's Mrs. Garrett, in Photos

The actress, a beloved star of "The Facts of Life," has died at age 92.

Charlotte Rae, the actress who charmed audiences as Mrs. Garrett on the 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life,” died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92.

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae started her career in theater and radio, but it was her role as housekeeper Edna Garrett on “Diff’rent Strokes” that secured her success in Hollywood. Given the popularity of her character, it was Rae herself who proposed a spin-off about Mrs. Garrett. That show would become “The Facts of Life,” an NBC sitcom about a girls’ boarding school where Rae’s "Mrs. G" played the house mother.

In April 2017, Rae announced that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer. In her statement, the actress remained cheerful, saying, “At 91, every day is a birthday. 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.”

Here, a look back at Charlotte Rae’s life in the spotlight.

Actress Charlotte Rae as Rose Brice in a scene from the stage musical Funny Girl. (Photo by Ray Fisher/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) Ray Fisher/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images CENTER STAGE Rae as Rose Brice in a 1967 stage production of "Funny Girl." Treat Williams and Charlotte Rae in a scene from the film 'Hair', 1979. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images ON THE BIG SCREEN Playing opposite Treat Williams in a scene from 1979's "Hair."

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DIFF'RENT STROKES -- 'The New Landlord' Episode 16 -- Pictured: (l-r) Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett, Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond, Dana Plato as Kimberly Drummond, Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC/NBC via Getty Images TUNE IN Rae as housekeeper Edna Garrett in a scene from the TV show "Diff'rent Strokes." Also pictured: Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, Conrad Bain as Phillip Drummond, Dana Plato as Kimberly Drummond, and Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson. DIFF'RENT STROKES -- 'Movin' In' Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett, Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank NBC/NBC via Getty Images WHAT YOU TALKIN' 'BOUT, MRS. GARRETT? Rae and Coleman share the screen in 1978. DIFF'RENT STROKES -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (Front, l-r) Dana Plato as Kimberly Drummond, Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson, (Middle) Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, (Back, l-r) Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond, Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett (Photo by Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC/NBC via Getty Images MODERN FAMILY Rae pictured with the cast of "Diff'rent Strokes" in 1979. DIFF'RENT STROKES -- 'The New Landlord' Episode 16 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC/NBC via Getty Images MOTHER HEN Rae and Coleman share another on-screen moment. THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 'Overachieving' Episode 5 -- Aired 3/12/80 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Molly Ringwald as Molly Parker -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank NBC/NBC via Getty Images BREAKOUT ROLE Reprising her role as the kooky Edna Garrett in "The Facts of Life," Rae played opposite Kim Fields (Tootie), Lisa Whelchel (Blair), Mindy Cohn (Natalie), and Nancy McKeon (Jo). Pictured: Molly Ringwald (right) in the season 1 episode "Overachieving." THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 'Halloween Story' Episode 6 -- Aired 11/2/83 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green, Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC/NBC via Getty Images HAUNTED HOUSE Cohn, Fields, and Rae in the 1983 episode "Halloween Story." THE FACTS OF LIFE -- Pictured: (back row l-r) Nancy McKeon as Joanna 'Jo' Marie Polniaczek Bonner, Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, George Clooney as George Burnett, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner (front row l-r) Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Mackenzie Astin as Andy Moffet Stickle -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank NBC/NBC via Getty Images SEEING STARS "The Facts of Life" was also where the world first met a young, budding actor named George Clooney, who played handyman George Burnett in 17 episodes in the seventh and eighth seasons. Pictured: Clooney poses with the cast. FACTS OF LIFE, THE -- 'Into the Frying Pan' Episode 2 -- Aired 09/25/1985 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, George Clooney as George Burnett, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, Nancy McKeon as Joanna 'Jo' Marie Polniaczek Bonner -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank NBC/NBC via Getty Images EVERYBODY LOVES GEORGE Pictured: Clooney with the rest of the "Facts of Life" cast in the 1985 episode "Into the Frying Pan." THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 'Fear Strikes Back' Episode 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank NBC/NBC via Getty Images HEART TO HEART Rae and Cohn in a scene from the 1981 episode "Fear Strikes Back." THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 'September Song' Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Nancy McKeon as Joanna 'Jo' Marie Polniaczek Bonner, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank NBC/NBC via Getty Images MRS. GARRETT KNOWS BEST Another classic Mrs. G moment. THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 'Double Standard' Episode 3 -- Aired 12/10/1980 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joanna 'Jo' Marie Polniaczek Bonner, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC/NBC via Getty Images BUTTING IN McKeon, Rae, and Whelchel get close. DIFF'RENT STROKES -- 'Movin' In' Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond, Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank NBC/NBC via Getty Images ALL SMILES Sharing a laugh with Conrad Bain in a 1978 episode of "Diff'rent Strokes." Charlotte Rae shares an affectionate moment with a dolphin in the science fiction comedy 'Hello Down There', directed by Jack Arnold and Ricou Browning, 1969. (Photo by Epics/Getty Images) Epics/Getty Images FRIEND TO ALL Charlotte Rae shares a moment with a dolphin in the 1969 science-fiction comedy "Hello Down There." THE FACTS OF LIFE -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (back, l-r) Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green, Julie Anne Haddock as Cindy Webster, John Lawlor as Headmaster Steven Bradley, Felice Schlachter as Nancy Olson, (middle) Julie Piekarski as Sue Ann Weaver, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, (front) Molly Ringwald as Molly Parker, Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC/NBC via Getty Images ALL IN THE FAMILY A cast photo from season 1 of "The Facts of Life." UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Charlotte Rae attends Hallmark's Home and Family 'Facts Of Life Reunion' at Universal Studios Backlot on February 12, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images STAYING STRONG In the 2017 statement where she announced her bone cancer diagnosis, Rae also revealed that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer seven years earlier (the same disease that killed her mother), but had been cancer-free after six months of chemo. With the new diagnosis, Rae faced the tough decision of whether or not to seek treatment once again, stating, "I’m feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.” She continued, “I love life. I’ve had a wonderful one already … I’ve had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I’d like to choose life.” Pictured: Rae attends Hallmark's Home and Family "Facts of Life Reunion," February 2016. FACTS OF LIFE -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett (Photo by Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC/NBC via Getty Images CHARLOTTE RAE April 22, 1926 - August 5, 2018



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