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Charlotte Rae

Madame Edna Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes, Madame Edna Garrett in The facts of life

Photos Charlotte Rae Birth name: Charlotte Rae Lubotsky
Birth date: 1926/04/22
Date of death : 2018/08/05 (92 years old)
Birth place : Milwaukee Wisconsin

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Biography for Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae, (born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky on April 22, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American actress and singer best known today for her portrayal of Edna Garrett, a character she originated on the 1978–1986 sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and continued in her own spinoff, The Facts of Life, which ran from 1979 through 1988.

The second of three daughters, she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, the same school as Cloris Leachman, the actress who replaced her for the last years of The Facts of Life's run.

A respected stage actress since at least the 1950s (when she appeared Off-Broadway in The Threepenny Opera) who appeared in early seasons of Sesame Street and in a number of films, Rae first gained widespread fame in the 1961–1963 sitcom Car 54, Where Are You? as the memorable Silvia Schnauser.

Until their divorce in 1976, she was married to composer John Strauss, with whom she has one son. She has battled alcoholism successfully.

Charlotte Rae was born on April 22, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Married to composer John Strauss, she held several roles on the small screen like that of Silvia Schnuser in Car54, where are you? And Molly The Mail Lady in the children's series Sesame Street. But we will mainly remember her role as governess, Edna Garrett in the Diff'Rent Strokes series. Since then, we saw her in some films like Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly and Another Woman's Husband, a Téli-Film shot in 2000. She currently lives in New York.

Charlotte Rae is an American actress known for her role as Ms. Garrett in the television series "Diff'Inrent Strokes" and in the Spin-Off series "The Facts of Life". She was born on April 22, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and began her acting career in Broadway before spending on television and cinema. Rae has played in many successful productions, including "Carousel" and "Pickwick Papers", and won a Tony Award in 1966 for his performance in "Pickwick Papers". She was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1982 for her role in "The Facts of Life". In addition to his roles in theater and on television, Rae also played in films such as "Hair" and "You Again". She continued to work as an actress until her retirement in 2015. Apart from her acting career, Rae is also known for her participation in charities and awareness campaigns on mental health issues and well-being.


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Title Role
The Facts of Life Reunion (2001) (TV) Mrs. Edna Garrett
The Tangerine Bear (2000) (voice) Mrs. Caruthers
Another Woman's Husband (2000) (TV) Stella
Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly (1999) (TV)
101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997) TV Series
Nowhere (1997) Fortune Teller
Mickey: Reelin' Through the Years (1995) (TV)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (1994) TV Series Adrian
Thunder in Paradise (1993) (V) Lola Miller
Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) (voice) Aunt Pristine Figg
Save the Dog! (1988) (TV)
Noah's Ark (1986) (V) (voice) Noah's Wife
The Worst Witch (1986) (TV) Miss Cackle, Agatha
Words by Heart (1985) (TV) Mary Tom Chism
The Facts of Life Goes to Paris (1982) (TV) Edna Garrett
The Facts of Life (1979) TV Series Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett (1979-1986)
Hair (1979) Lady in Pink
The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979) (TV) Bessie
Beanes of Boston (1979) (TV) Mrs. Slocombe
Diff'rent Strokes (1978) TV Series Edna Garrett (1978-1979)
Rabbit Test (1978) Cousin Claire
A Different Approach (1978)
Sidewinder 1 (1977) Mrs. Holt
Our Town (1977) (TV) Mrs. Soames
The Rich Little Show (1976) TV Series
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975) (TV) Helen
Hot L Baltimore (1975) TV Series Mrs. Bellotti
In Fashion (1974) (TV) Madame Aigreville
The Hot Rock (1972) Ma Murch
Sesame Street (1969) TV Series Molly the Mail Lady (1971-1972)
Bananas (1971) Mrs. Mellish
Jenny (1970) Bella Star
Hello Down There (1969) Myrtle Ruth
The Journey of the Fifth Horse (1966) (TV) Terentievna
From These Roots (1958) TV Series Hilda Furman (1961)
Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) TV Series Silvia Schnauser
The World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) (TV)


Knew Jeffrey Hunter through their work in local theater as teenagers.

Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).

Starred in "Pippin" at the New Jersey Paper Mill Playhouse.

Created the role of Mammy Yokum in the Broadway musical "Lil' Abner".

Earned Tony nominations for her work in the musical "Pickwick" (based on the Charles Dickens work) and the play "Morning, Noon, and Night".

Middle daughter of three musical girls. Older sister Beverly, an opera singer, died of cancer a few years ago. Younger sister Mimi is a musician and composer.

Discovered young Mindy Cohn for "The Facts of Life" show while Rae and the TV show were at an all-girls school preparing for research and casting. Rae was instrumental in getting young student Cohn cast.

Member of alpha epsilon phi sorority

Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1966, as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "Pickwick" (based on the Charles Dickens work), and in 1969, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Morning, Noon, and Night".


Spouse : John Strauss (? - 1976) (divorced) 2 children

Charlotte divorced her husband, composer John Strauss, before starting the "Different Strokes" TV series. Her only child, Larry, is a south Central L.A. teacher.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by abdest

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