Charlotte Rae, Housemother From ‘The Facts Of Life,' Dead At 92

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Charlotte Rae, the actress best known for roles on "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Facts of Life", reportedly died Sunday. The actress had been diagnosed with bone cancer in April 2017, and pancreatic cancer about seven years earlier.

She earned her big break when she joined Lear's Diff'rent Strokes. She finally left the show in 1986 for health reasons, replaced by Cloris Leachman.

She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery.

"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".

In 2014, the cast including Mindy Cohn, Geri Jewell, Lisa Whelchel and Nancy McKeon all got back together for a 35-year reunion.

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.

Rae is survived by her sister, her son, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She played the maid of a rich white businessman (Conrad Bain) who adopted two young black brothers (Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges).

Some of her former co-stars took to Twitter on Sunday night to pay their respects.

She was so sweet, funny, wise, lovely, and brilliant.

Rae issued a memoir, titled The Facts of My Life, in 2015.

'Differnt Strokes would no have been the same without you #CharlotteRae.

In an interview with HuffPost in 2016, Rae said she never got exhausted of hearing people yell "Mrs. Garrett!" whenever they saw her. [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.

Rae made numerous TV appearances in 1950s drama anthologies including "The U.S. Steel Hour", "Playhouse 90" and "Armstrong Circle Theater", sharing the black-and-white screen with such actors as Zero Mostel, Art Carney and Gertrude Berg.

Sony is now in talks to reboot the franchise.