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.