‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) – She will be best remembered for the housemother who shepherded a group of girls through boarding school – and through issues like sex, substance abuse and eating disorders – on the TV show “The Facts of Life.”

But Charlotte Rae had a career that included other TV roles, as well as work in the movies and on stage.

Rae has died. Her publicist says she died at her home in Los Angeles yesterday with her family at her side.

She was 92.

No cause of death was immediately provided, but last year, Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer after beating pancreatic cancer.

Rae first portrayed Edna Garrett in 1978 during the first season of the NBC comedy “Diff’rent Strokes” – then brought that character to “Facts of Life.” Her work on the show earned her an Emmy nomination. The NBC series ran nine seasons, but Rae left after seven. She would later explain that she left because, quoting here, “I needed some time for the rest of my life.”

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