Charlotte Rae, star of 'Facts of Life,' dies at 92

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So, I love it all.

Todd Bridges, who famously played young Willis Jackson along Rae's Mrs. Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes, paid tribute to all of his late costars: "RIP IN PEACE ALL OF MY CAST MATES". When she announced her diagnosis, she admitted that she was first diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer seven years earlier, but was able to go into remission after chemotherapy treatments without the public knowing.

"I had handsome wigs", Rae said. "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time. I don't mind it. I'd like to choose life.

Rae famously played the housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes, and after becoming a popular character on the series, she was given a spin-off series in the form of The Facts of Life, where she worked as a house mother at a girl's bordering school.

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The actress told Fox News last spring that she still stayed in touch with her family from "The Facts of Life", and that when Kim Fields, who played Tootie, was on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2016, Rae was in the studio cheering her on. They were very attached to Mrs. Garrett. Rae left the show in 1986 for health reasons, and though Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett's sister, the show was canceled two years later.

Most recently, she appeared on Pretty Little Liars in 2011 and an episode of Girl Meets World in 2014, followed by a role in the Meryl Streep musical dramedy Ricki and the Flash in 2015. Her final regular gig was voicing "Nanny" in the animated 101 Dalmations: The Series, which aired from 1997-98.

Before starring on "Facts", Rae made a name for herself playing "The Twitch" on the "Phil Silvers Show" and the role of Sylvia Schnauzer on "Car 54, Where are You?".

In her April 2017 statement, Rae also said, "At 91, every day is a birthday".

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