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Beloved actress Charlotte Rae, known for "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes" died Sunday, Entertainment Weekly reported. She disclosed past year that she was battling bone cancer.

Rae played the kooky but kind housekeeper Edna Garrett (unmissable thanks to that mound of bright orange hair) on Diff'rent Strokes, and when she became a popular breakout character, Rae herself proposed a spin-off.

Producer John Cohen wrote on Twitter: "I was thinking about Charlotte Rae the other day when they announced The Facts of Life reboot and how hard it's going to be to replace her memorable Mrs Garrett".

The actress was nominated for two Tony awards and received an an Emmy nomination in 1975 and again in 1982.

Rae's role as Mrs. Garrett made her a role model and counselor to many teen girls, as she guided her TV charges through teen issues ranging from dating to alcohol. I'm not in any pain right now.

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Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee on 22 April 1926, Rae studied drama at Northwestern University before moving to NY where she found work doing satirical sketches in Greenwich Village clubs. "I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground", Rae told People Magazine.

According to EW, a representative for the 92-year-old confirmed her passing in her L.A. home area, however, the cause of death has not been revealed. 'My mother, sister, and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer.

"I had lovely wigs", Rae said. Mrs. Garrett was the house mother at an all-girls' boarding school, and helped the students through some of the toughest moments of their lives. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life".

Despite the health problems, Rae continued to guest star in her later years, appearing in TV shows including ER, Pretty Little Liars, Sisters, and The King of Queens.

Upon hearing the news, stars including Kathy Griffin, Audra McDonald, Eric West and co-star Todd Bridges have been quick to send their love. She racked up over 90 credits across six decades, making her final appearance in the 2015 Meryl Streep movie Ricki and the Flash.


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