Charlotte Rae, the legendary actress with an amazing career on stage, screen and TV, died on Sunday at the age of 92, her son Larry Strauss said.
She is best known for her role as housekeeper Edna Garrett, first on the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” and then the spinoff “The Facts of Life,” with both shows launching in the 1970s and running several years into the ’80s.
Her son said she passed away peacefully at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon and was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. A cause of death was not provided.
Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee in 1926, she aspired to be a dramatic actress. She became a comedian and segued into acting, according to Internet Movie Database (IMDb). She starred in the TV comedy “Car 54, Where Are You?” in the early ’60s. Rae won an Emmy nomination for her performance in the 1975 TV drama “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom,” according to IMDb.
She played the mother of Woody Allen’s character in the movie “Bananas.” She appeared in “The Vagina Monologues” in New York and was the voice of a character in “Tom and Jerry: The Movie” in 1992.