"You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you "My heart is full of Pain" Rest in peace my friend".
"You all already know my heart is heavy yet", tweeted actress Kim Fields, who played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on Facts of Life.
She first appeared as Edna Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" in 1978 before earning her own spinoff, "The Facts of Life", the following year.
She passed away peacefully at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Strauss said, and was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. Mrs. Garrett was the house mother at an all-girls' boarding school, and helped the students through some of the toughest moments of their lives.More news: Israeli Soldier Murdered By Palestinian Terrorist
"She was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live as a creative, along with your talent and gifts".
Comedians Kathy Griffin and Gilbert Gottfried, as well as Broadway star Audra McDonald, also paid their respects via social media. Rae's Mrs. Garrett (or Mrs. G, as Nancy McKeon's Jo liked to call her) helped guide the girls through every very special episode theme imaginable, from depression to dating, AIDS to alcohol.
A 1958 publicity photo heralds Charlotte Rae's appearance in a variety show at Chicago's Empire Room. And they all wanted a hug from me!
Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae got her start doing theater and radio. "I have this decision to make". She later did local theater, but broke into television as Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of Al Lewis' Officer Leo Schnauser on the classic comedy auto 54, Where Are You? She was Tony-nominated in 1966 for her work in the musical "Pickwick" and in 1969 for the play "Morning, Noon, and Night".
In addition to Rae's son Larry and his wife, Eleanor, survivors include her sister Miriam, and grandchildren Sean, Carly, and Nora.