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Also Known As: Charlotte Lubotsky Died:
Born: April 22, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor

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A veteran character actor with a telltale vocal warble, Charlotte Rae imprinted herself as America's most iconic cleaning lady and housemother on some of the most flamboyantly campy sitcoms in 1980s television. A well-traveled veteran of the stage, Rae played matronly characters even early in her career, most notably as Mammy Yokum in the long Broadway run of "Li'l Abner," starting in 1956 when she was just 30. She became familiar to national audiences playing the wife of Sgt. Leo Schnauser on "Car 54, Where Are You?" (NBC, 1961-63), but would become a sitcom staple two decades later when she took the role as the big-hearted housekeeper Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC/ABC, 1978-1985) and continued as Garrett on the successful spin-off show "The Facts of Life" (1979-88), which earned her an Emmy nomination. Rae's distinctive voice and deft comedic skills helped to make her one of the more fondly-remembered character actors of a generation who grew up regarding her as an ideal matriarchal figure.

A veteran character actor with a telltale vocal warble, Charlotte Rae imprinted herself as America's most iconic cleaning lady and housemother on some of the most flamboyantly campy sitcoms in 1980s television. A well-traveled veteran of the stage, Rae played matronly characters even early in her career, most notably as Mammy Yokum in the long Broadway run of "Li'l Abner," starting in 1956 when she was just 30. She became familiar to national audiences playing the wife of Sgt. Leo Schnauser on "Car 54, Where Are You?" (NBC, 1961-63), but would become a sitcom staple two decades later when she took the role as the big-hearted housekeeper Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC/ABC, 1978-1985) and continued as Garrett on the successful spin-off show "The Facts of Life" (1979-88), which earned her an Emmy nomination. Rae's distinctive voice and deft comedic skills helped to make her one of the more fondly-remembered character actors of a generation who grew up regarding her as an ideal matriarchal figure.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
4.
 Facts of Life Reunion, The (2001) Mrs Garrett
5.
 Another Woman's Husband (2000) Stella
6.
 Nowhere (1997) Fortune Teller
7.
 Tom & Jerry: The Movie (1993) Voice Of Aunt Figg
8.
 Thunder in Paradise (1993) Lola Miller
9.
 Worst Witch, The (1986) Agatha; Miss Cackle
10.
 Facts of Life Goes to Paris, The (1982) Mrs Garrett
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1952:
Made New York stage debut, "Three Wishes for Jamie"
1954:
Landed early TV work on "U.S. Steel Hour" (ABC)
1955:
Made first of several memorable guest appearances on "The Phil Silvers Show" (CBS)
1956:
Played Mammy Yokum in "Li'l Abner" on Broadway
1961:
Cast as semi-regular on the NBC sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?"
1969:
Landed supporting role in comedy "Hello Down There"
1971:
Worked for Woody Allen in "Bananas"
1975:
Cast as regular on short-lived ABC sitcom "Hot L Baltimore"
1975:
Made TV-movie debut as Maureen Stapleton's sister in "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" (CBS)
1976:
Was regular on "The Rich Little Show" (NBC)
1978:
Co-starred as Mrs. Edna Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC)
1979:
Co-starred in "The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal" (NBC)
1979:
Character of Edna Garrett spun-off onto the NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life"
1992:
Provided voice for Aunt Pristine Figg in "Tom & Jerry: The Movie"
1994:
Made series of guest appearances on "Sisters" (NBC)
1997:
Returned to big screen in cameo as a fortune teller in Gregg Araki's "Nowhere"
2000:
Landed featured role of the grandmother in the Paper Mill Playhouse revival of "Pippin"
2001:
Acted in L.A. stage production of "True West"
2001:
Reprised Edna Garrett role in "The Facts of Life Reunion" (ABC)
2008:
Acted in the Adam Sandler comedy "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"
2008:
Guest starred on four episodes of NBC's "ER"
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -

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husband:
John Strauss. Music editor. Divorced.

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father:
Meyer Lubotsky.
mother:
Esther Lubotsky.

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