Charlotte Rae, Tony and Emmy nominated actress best known for his recurring role as Edna Garrett on Difficult Strokes and Facts about life died on Sunday at age 92.
Raes son Larry Strauss confirmed her death to CNN and said the actress died peacefully in her home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The cause of death has not yet been released.
Rae, born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, was cast as housekeeper Edna Garrett on Difficult Stokes 1978 and then acted as the character of spin-off Facts about life that premieres it the following year. Her sometimes warm-hearted, but cooked character was the matriarch of a group of teenagers who lived in a boarding school. Rae stayed with the series, which ran for nine total seasons, until its seventh year.
Rae also spent a year at Sesam Street and appears on ER King of Queens and Pretty Little Liars. She performed in theater productions over the years in New York, both on Broadway and in Shakespeare In the Park. Her latest movie game role was opposite Meryl Streep in Ricki and Flash .
Raes’s former co-star has mourned the actress, including Todd Bridges, depicting Willis Jackson, wrote: ” Diff” Rent stretches would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae. You were loved by everyone on our show. “Comedian Larry Wilmore added,” Sad to hear about Charlotte Raes passing. My first TV show a millennium then was on Facts about life . She was just the best and best lady. “
Born in Milwaukee in 1
926, Rae began her career on radio and participated in Northwest University where she was with Cloris Leachman. She married composer John Strauss and the couple had two sons, one of which was one andy, passed away in 1999. Rae recorded an album with show songs that parody the Gabor sisters and Marlene Dietrich named Songs I taught my mother: silly, sinful & satiric selections 1955.
Before sitcom fame, Rae was presently present on Broadway, performed in 10 productions in 20 years. Her Tony Award nominated roles for best actress in a musical and best actress in a play were for Pickwick (1966) and Morning, Noon and Night ] (1969).  Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer in April last year. At that time she said in a statement: “Yesterday monday I discovered that I have bone cancer. About seven years ago I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – which is a miracle they found it because it’s usually too late … So now, at age 91, I have to think. I have no pain right now. I feel so great and so happy to be above the ground. Now I need to find out if I want treatment again or choose life. “
She added:” I’ve had a good life, but I have so many wonderful things that happen. I would like to choose life. I’m grateful for the life I’ve already had. “