Charlotte Rae - the actress who played the beloved Mrs. Garrett in "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life" - has reportedly died, according to TMZ. Rae's death comes a year after the actress was diagnosed with bone cancer.
Todd Bridges, who famously played young Willis Jackson along Rae's Mrs. Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes, paid tribute to all of his late costars: "RIP IN PEACE ALL OF MY CAST MATES".
Rae played the beloved TV character until 1986, when health reasons forced her to step down.
"I love life. I've had a wonderful one already ..."
"I grew up watching Charlotte Rae teach us the facts of life", wrote one Twitter user. The actress had previously been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 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 new sitcom was focused around a girl's boarding school and their loving housekeeper Mrs. Garrett.
Rae also appeared in episodes of ER, Life, Pretty Little Liars, Girl Meets World, The King of Queens, The Brothers Flub and Diagnosis Murder.
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In the early 1970s, Rae moved to Los Angeles with her then-husband, composer and music editor John Strauss, and their sons Andy and Larry.
Some of her former co-stars took to Twitter on Sunday night to pay their respects. Broadway star Audra McDonald called Rae "funny, wise, lovely, and brilliant".
A 1958 publicity photo heralds Charlotte Rae's appearance in a variety show at Chicago's Empire Room.
She is survived by her sons Larry and Andrew Strauss.
"Facts of Life" hailed from Norman Lear's Embassy Communications. [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, ' she sad in a Statement.
Sony Pictures Television now controls the distribution rights to the NBC show which ran from 1979-1988 show.