‘Facts of Life’ actress Charlotte Rae dies at 92

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Loved ones were reportedly at Rae's side when she passed away on Sunday.

She also spoke about her 44-years of sobriety.

Charlotte Rae, who appeared in the US TV series Diff'rent Strokes and Facts of Life, has died aged 92. She starred as Woody Allen's mother in the 1971 comedy Bananas.

In April 2017, Rae revealed to EW she was diagnosed with bone cancer, although the cause of death was not immediately revealed. "Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer", she said in a statement. "I don't want her to be Polly Perfect, because she must have human failings and make mistakes". "Sometimes they'd come right over and hug me". In her past year, choosing to forgo treatment, she wrote, "I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground..." "You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you "My heart is full of Pain' Rest in peace my friend". "I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I'm grateful for the life I've already had".

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She later gained national attention for her supporting role on "Diff'rent Strokes" before pitching Garrett as the centerpiece of a spinoff series that would become "The Facts of Life".

The stage and TV actress was home in Los Angeles when she died, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Rae earned an Emmy nomination for her work in the 1975 TV drama, "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom".

Her character's popularity paved the way for the creation of "The Facts of Life" in which she offered motherly guidance to the young characters at an all-girl boarding school. In 1956, she originated the role of Mammy Yokum in the popular musical "Lil' Abner".

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"Rae's personal life was not exactly the stuff of cheerful sitcom plots". "The Phil Silvers Show", "ER", and "Girl Meets World".

"She was so sweet, funny, wise, lovely, and brilliant", Broadway star Audra McDonald tweeted. She even appeared as Molly the Mail Lady on Sesame Street.

Charlotte also released a tell-all memoir in 2015 where she detailed her Hollywood experiences including her late husband John Strauss' bi-sexuality.

- Todd Bridges (@ToddBridges)You all already know my heart is heavy yet. sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears. and yeah, smiles.

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Charlotte Rae's death has sparked an outpouring of condolences from celebrities and fans. She continued making guest appearances on TV and taking small roles in films. By hiring Rae as the household maid, he convinced Norman Lear to produce through his company Tandem Productions, and the show was an instant hit, starring Maude breakout Conrad Bain and newly discovered child star Gary Coleman.

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