Charlotte Rae

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/21/1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

Girl Meets World 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sesame Street 1969 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Sick Love 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pretty Little Liars 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

Mrs. Greenhouse (Actor)

Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage 2007 (Movie)

Vesta (Actor)

The King of Queens 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Al Lewis: Forever Granpa 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1961 - 1963, 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 5 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nowhere 1997 (Movie)

Fortune Teller (Actor)

Can't Hurry Love 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1961 - 1963, 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1961 - 1963, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tom & Jerry: The Movie 1993 (Movie)

of Aunt Figg (Voice)

Thunder in Paradise 1992 (Movie)

Lola Miller (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Beane's of Boston 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Hair 1979 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Our Town 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidewinder One 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Holt (Actor)

The Rich Little Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot l Baltimore 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

In Fashion 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Bananas 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Mellish (Actor)

The Hot Rock 1971 (Movie)

Ma Murch (Actor)

Jenny 1970 (Movie)

Bella Star (Actor)

Hello Down There 1969 (Movie)

Myrtle Ruth (Actor)

Pinocchio 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sid Caesar Show 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Actor

From These Roots 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Woman's Husband (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Dog! (TV Show)

Actor

The Facts of Life Reunion (TV Show)

Actor

The Way They Were (TV Show)

Actor

The Worst Witch (TV Show)

Actor

Words by Heart (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Theme Music Performer

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Biography

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.

Relationships

Larry

Son

Andy

Son

Mimi

Sister

Beverly

Sister

Meyer Lubotsky

Father

Esther Lubotsky

Mother

John Strauss Music Editor

Husband
Married Nov. 4, 1951 Divorced December 1976; Strauss was reportedly gay

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

2008

Acted in the Adam Sandler comedy "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"

2008

Guest starred on four episodes of NBC's "ER"

2001

Acted in L.A. stage production of "True West"

2001

Reprised Edna Garrett role in "The Facts of Life Reunion" (ABC)

2000

Landed featured role of the grandmother in the Paper Mill Playhouse revival of "Pippin"

1997

Returned to big screen in cameo as a fortune teller in Gregg Araki's "Nowhere"

1994

Made series of guest appearances on "Sisters" (NBC)

1992

Provided voice for Aunt Pristine Figg in "Tom & Jerry: The Movie"

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"

1978

Co-starred as Mrs. Edna Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC)

1976

Was regular on "The Rich Little Show" (NBC)

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)

1970

Worked for Woody Allen in "Bananas"

1968

Landed supporting role in comedy "Hello Down There"

1961

Cast as semi-regular on the NBC sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?"

1956

Played Mammy Yokum in "Li'l Abner" on Broadway

1955

Made first of several memorable guest appearances on "The Phil Silvers Show" (CBS)

1954

Landed early TV work on "U.S. Steel Hour" (ABC)

1952

Made New York stage debut, "Three Wishes for Jamie"

SIMILAR ARTICLES