Charlotte Rae - Actress (stage, television), singer, dancer, comedian; born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky on April 22, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rae is known for her portrayal of Mrs. Garrett in the sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and its spin-off, The Facts of Life (in which she had the starring role from 1979–1986).
Rae's parents were Russian Jewish immigrants and her mom, Esther (née Ottenstein), was a childhood friend of the future Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir who also lived in Milwaukee.
For the first ten years or so of her life, Rae's family lived in Milwaukee, then moved to Shorewood, Wisconsin. In 1942, at age 16, before graduating from high school, Rae was an apprentice with the Port Players, a professional theater company that came to Milwaukee for the summer. She graduated from Shorewood High School in 1944 and and went on to do radio work as well as work for the Wauwatosa Children's Theatre.
Rae's career in theater and television spanned six decades.
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Actress (stage, television), singer, dancer, comedian.
Above: Publicity photo of Charlotte Rae with "Fact of Life" cast (1985).
Above: Charlotte Rae 1954 stand-up comedy routine.
Above: Charlotte Rae in a clip from "Car 54, Where Are You?" (S02 E11 1962).
Above: Charlotte Rae interview on "ET" about "The Facts of Life.".