'Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae reportedly dead at 92

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Charlotte Rae, who had a six decade career as an actress and was best known as the wise housemother on The Facts of Life, died Sunday in Los Angeles.

She announced in April 2017 that she was diagnosed with bone cancer, and seven years prior to that was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Charlotte's passing comes after it was reported on Friday 3 August that The Facts Of Life was allegedly getting a series reboots courtesy of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel.

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

Stage work was a passion for Rae, who in NY had appeared in a landmark production of Kurt Weill's "Threepenny Opera" and as Mammy Yokum in the hit musical "L'il Abner".

She also had roles on shows including "Car 54, Where Are You?". I'm not in any pain right now.

Charlotte was a part of the Northwestern University's renaissance of theater and music and comedy along with many great creators and performers of her generation; she spent many insane days-and nights-in Evanston and NY cavorting with roommate, Cloris Leachman, comedy partner, Paul Lynde, and other rising stars of the late 40's and early 50's.

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"I had handsome wigs", Rae said. I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground.

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.

Her new sitcom was focused around a girl's boarding school and their loving housekeeper Mrs. Garrett.

Garrett continued to work frequently later in life, guest-starring in select episodes of Sisters, ER, The King of Queens and Pretty Little Liars.

The actress also appeared in 101 Dalmatians: The Series and starred alongside Hollywood actress Meryl Streep in the movie Ricki and the Flash. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life". She was remembered fondly by her co-star Todd Bridges.

"Comedian Larry Wilmore said", My first tv gig a millennium of moons ago was on The Facts of Life.

Rae is survived by her sister, Miriam Guten as well as her son Larry, whom she shared with ex-husband John Strauss.

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