'Facts of Life's' Charlotte Rae's co-stars react to her death

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Last year, Rae revealed that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer.

Mrs. Garrett began on the show "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-84.) She also briefly reprised the role on the shore-lived "Hello, Larry". Rae also earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the 1975 special Queen of the Stardust Ballroom. "I don't want her to be Polly Perfect, because she must have human failings and make mistakes".

After Charlotte Rae's death was announced, many of her TV co-stars, including Facts Of Life stars Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn and Diff'rent Strokes' Todd Bridges, took to social media to pay tribute to their beloved Mrs. Garrett. I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. She roomed with Cloris Leachman and also befriended Paul Lynde, then she began doing standup comedy in the NY cabaret scene in the early 1950s.

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'I love life. I've had a wonderful one already ... I'd like to choose life.

In the early 1960s, she created the role of Sylvia Schnauzer on TV series vehicle 54 Where Are You? "I'm grateful for the life I've already had".

Charlotte initially got her break as the kooky housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes. "ER", "Pretty Little Liars" and "Girl Meets World", as well as a regular gig voicing "Nanny" in the animated "101 Dalmations: The Series" from 1997 to 1998, as well as appearances in movies like "Bananas" and "Ricki and the Flash".

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Rae departed The Facts of Life after Season 7, at which point Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Ann, for the last two seasons. Broadway star Audra McDonald called Rae "funny, wise, lovely, and brilliant". Appian Way, the company run by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, is in negotiations to executive produce a reboot of The Facts of Life alongside Jessica Biel's Iron Ocean Films, according to Deadline.

Rae starred on The Facts of Life from 1979 to 1986, and had recurring roles on beloved shows like The Love Boat, St. "'My heart is full of Pain.' Rest in peace my friend".

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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