Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae
Birth name Charlotte Rae Lubotsky
Born April 22, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Died August 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Notable Roles Edna Ann Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life
Notable Episodes
Awards

Charlotte Rae was an American actress, comedienne, singer and dancer.

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Hot l Baltimore Mrs. Bellotti 1975 1
Diff'rent Strokes Edna Ann Garrett 1978–1979 1 2
The Facts of Life Edna Ann Garrett 1979–1986 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The United States Steel Hour Ramona 1x23 - Two August 31, 1954
Car 54, Where Are You? Miss Berger 1x14 - Get Well, Officer Schnauzer December 17, 1961
Car 54, Where Are You? Sylvia Schnauser 1x27 - The Courtship of Sylvia Schnauzer March 25, 1962
The DuPont Show of the Week Mona Brinkman 3x03 - Hold-Up! September 22, 1963
The Defenders 4x09 - Comeback November 26, 1964
The Partridge Family Dr. Beecher 3x06 - You're Only Young Twice October 20, 1972
McMillan & Wife Mrs. Drake 2x02 - Blues for Sally M October 22, 1972
All in the Family Miss Lillian Henderson 5x08 - Where's Archie? (1) November 2, 1974
Good Times Ms. Rogers 2x14 - Florida's Big Gig December 31, 1974
Barney Miller Mrs. Sobel 2x16 - The Sniper January 22, 1976
Diff'rent Strokes Edna Ann Garrett 6x19 - The Wedding (2) February 25, 1984
St. Elsewhere Proud Mary 5x18 - You Again? February 18, 1987
Murder, She Wrote Nettie Harper 4x11 - Doom with a View December 13, 1987
227 Mrs. McDillan 5x09 - Reunion Blues November 25, 1989
Sisters Mrs. Gump 5x10 - Twilight Time December 3, 1994
Sisters Mrs. Gump 5x14 - A Good Deed January 21, 1995
Sisters Mrs. Gump 5x16 - A Proper Farewell February 11, 1995
Can't Hurry Love Helen 1x08 - Burning Bed November 6, 1995
The Secret World of Alex Mack Dave's Mother 3x14 - Chemistry November 21, 1996
Diagnosis Murder Estelle 7x19 - A Resting Place April 6, 2000

Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Edna Garrett September 25, 1982 The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life Reunion Edna Garrett November 18, 2001 The Facts of Life

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares August 13-17, 1979
The Hollywood Squares September 24-28, 1979
The Hollywood Squares May 19-23, 1980

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1982)
The Facts of Life

Trivia

  • Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants
  • Was the second of three sisters
  • Graduated from Shorewood High School in Shorewood, Wisconsin in 1944
  • Attended Northwestern University, but didn't complete her studies
  • Was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority.
  • Married composer John Strauss in 1951; they divorced in 1976; they had two sons: Lawrence & Andy.
  • Had a pacemaker implanted in her chest in 1982
  • Was diagnosed early with pancreatic cancer; became cancer-free after 6 months of chemotherapy
  • Used to be a heavy smoker
  • Discovered Mindy Cohn