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Charlotte Rae, 92, ‘Facts of Life’ Actress, Dies After Battling Cancer: Celebrities Pay Tribute

Updated On 06 Aug, 2018 Published On

Actress Charlotte Rae, who is best known for playing Edna Garrett on Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes, has died on Sunday, August 5 at her home in Los Angeles, multiple sources have confirmed.

As for the cause of death, the Tony Award nominee, who also appeared as Woody Allen's mother in 1971 movie Bananas, revealed in April 2017 that she had been battling bone cancer, 7 years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Of undergoing treatment, she said in a statement at the time,

Now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. I’m not in any pain right now. I’m feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.

She continued, "I love life. I’ve had a wonderful one already. I’ve had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I’d like to choose life. I’m grateful for the life I’ve already had."

Born on 22 April 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Charlotte started her career in theater and radio before she moved into the television and played the wife of Al Lewis in the early 1960s tv series Car 54, Where Are You?.

She was nominated for the Tony Award for her stage work as well as for an Emmy Award for her role in Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.

Many celebrities like Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn took to social media to pay tribute to the late actress.

Hours after Rae's passing news emerged, the former 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta', 49, shared a tweet, writing, "You all already know my heart is heavy yet.... sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles.... #charlotterae #ripcharlotterae".

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52-year-old Mindy, meanwhile, shared a photo of herself and Rae on Instagram, captioning the post,

it’s with a heavy heart & lots of tears (but a smile as i think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being in it. she was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live as a creative, along with your talent and gifts. i love you char. i will continue to make you proud. and, as I send sympathies to larry and the rest of the family, I wish you the happiest of homecomings. #ripcharlotterae #ohwhatalife #mwah #tilwemeetagain #thankyou

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Rest In Peace Charlotte Rae!