In that series, she served as the house mother at a girls' boarding school.
"The Facts of Life" debuted in 1979 and centered around Mrs. Garrett's relationship with a group of girls she met in the season 1 finale of "Diff'rent Strokes". Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.
Her older sister, Beverly had a brief career as an opera singer and her younger sister, Miriam co-wrote several musicals. Rae left after its seventh year, however, explaining later, "I needed some time for the rest of my life".
Rae acted well into her 80s and appeared on the big screen as recently as 2015, alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield in "Ricki and the Flash". Rae won a Prime Time Emmy Award nomination for the role in 1982.
She previously battled pancreatic cancer in private, telling the outlet that the public was unaware she was undergoing chemotherapy until she announced her recovery.
Kim Fields, who portrayed Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the hit sitcom, was one of the first to express her grief, writing on Twitter, "You all already know my heart is heavy yet.... sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles...."
Rae also appeared on ER, Pretty Little Liars, and The King of Queens, as well as in films like Don't Mess with the Zohan. The two were married for 25 years before they split.
Charlotte also released a tell-all memoir in 2015 where she detailed her Hollywood experiences including her late husband John Strauss' bi-sexuality. You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you. "No, no, no! If people had a positive experience with Mrs. Garrett, that makes me so happy!"