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Charlotte Rae Net Worth

# Fact 1 She is most widely known to be a social butterfly. 2 Her cast on The Facts of Life (1979) had never told Rae about weigh-ins, until after. As the cast matured, long after the series ended, they stay in touch, after several of the cast have children of their own. 3 Is only eight days older than her Cloris Leachman. 4 Her popularity on Diff’rent Strokes (1978) led her to doing a sequel The Facts of Life (1979), playing the lead character of Edna Garrett. 5 She worked with George Clooney, Helen Hunt, and Molly Ringwald on The Facts of Life (1979) before they went on have successful film careers. 6 After her role on Ricki and the Flash (2015), she retired from acting at age 89. 7 Had attended the 100th Birthday of her lifelong friend Norman Lloyd, on 9 November 2014, in Los Angeles, California. 8 She appeared in the annual student theater extravaganza, ‘The Waa-Mu Show.’. 9 John La Touche was said to be a fan of hers. Before Rae would sing, he used to write opera songs with her ex-husband, John Strauss. 10 College classmate and longtime friend of Sheldon Harnick. 11 Her favorite dramatic role is: Miss Daisy, in ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’. 12 Had commuted from New York to Los Angeles every Friday, to tape Car 54, Where Are You? (1961). 13 After Vanguard Records went out of business, she tracked down the recording rights of the company, and in the 1970s, Rae brought back the album, for $5,000. 14 Was a spokesperson for the public service message, Helen Keller International, in 1987. 15 On her 87th birthday, Marilyn Maye sang a birthday song to her. 16 She played the same character (Edna Garrett) on three different series: Diff’rent Strokes (1978), The Facts of Life (1979) and Hello, Larry (1979). 17 Met Norman Lloyd in the Broadway play, ‘Golden Apple.’ Rae guest-starred on St. Elsewhere (1982) opposite him. 18 Attended the 75th Anniversary of the Waa-Mu Show at Northwestern University [2006]. 19 Neighbor of Dick Woelfle. 20 Is a longtime friend of the late Charles Nelson Reilly. They both guest-starred on a 2-part episode of The Love Boat (1977). 21 Every year, Rae contributes to the Saban Clinic in Los Angeles, California, where she was discovered by Bernie and Mimi West. The clinic was open in 1967, at the time, it was called the Los Angeles Free Clinic, and in 2008, both Haim Saban and Cheryl Saban donated $10 million dollars, which it was named in honor. 22 Her favorite sitcom was All in the Family (1971), which featured both Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton. 23 Was inspired by Gloria Steinem. 24 Had referred to Conrad Bain as her big brother. 25 Before she was a successful actress, she used to work in radio and in television in Chicago. 26 Longtime friend and classmate of Cloris Leachman. 27 Had guest-starred and starred on a few of Norman Lear’s shows, before she was cast on Diff’rent Strokes (1978) and The Facts of Life (1979). 28 A singing and dancing enthusiast. 29 Met future husband, John Strauss, when Rae was recording an album called, ‘Songs I Taught My Mother.’ At the time, Strauss, served as musical director on the project, managing the band worked on the recording and arranging the music. 30 Met Shirley Jones on an episode of The Partridge Family (1970). The two began a lifelong friendship. 31 Attended the funeral of her lifelong friend and old classmate Paul Lynde, when the actor/comedian passed away in 1982. Rae also guest-starred with Lynde on both shows: The Paul Lynde Show (1972) and The Hollywood Squares (1965). 32 Lived in New York City from 1948 to 1974. 33 Began her show The Facts of Life (1979) at age 53. 34 With the death of Conrad Bain in 2013, Rae and Todd Bridges are the only two surviving stars of Diff’rent Strokes (1978). 35 Released her only album in 1955 that was reissued in 2006, called “Songs I Taught My Mother.”. 36 Did not complete her studies in college. 37 Attended the 40th Anniversary Reunion of The Waltons (1971). 38 Acting mentor and friend of Mindy Cohn. 39 Attended the 90th birthday party of longtime friend Carol Channing, on 21 February 2011. 40 Is a fan of both shows: Law & Order (1990) and Masterpiece Classic (1971). 41 Met Bea Arthur in a revival of the play, “Bertolt Brecht,” where they began a lifelong friendship until Bea’s death in 2009. 42 Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early, because she was screened for it. She was the only one in her family to have a successful surgery. 43 Her sister, Mimi, lives in Dallas, Texas. 44 Prior to her cancer diagnosis, her son, Larry Strauss met with her doctor at UCLA. After auditioning him, it was concluded that he was the one to perform surgery, where the tail of my pancreas was removed. [14 August 2009]. 45 After her long stage career, she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1974, to become an actress. 46 Before she celebrated her 84th birthday in 2010, her cyst had grown by the day of her surgery. Afterwards, she completed her last chemotherapy treatment. 47 Celebrated her 85th birthday in 2011, with the rest of her The Facts of Life (1979) cast at the TV Land Awards. On that day, both of her former co-stars, Nancy McKeon and Kim Fields, gave speeches respectively, in honor of her birthday. 48 After her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, she joined the Pan Can Action Network and Aurora Healthcare to encourage people that pancreatic cancer risk factors and in-particular the importance of detailed testing for those with a family history of pancreatic cancer. 49 Made her Broadway debut in “Three Wishes for Jamie,” opposite Leigh Allen and Anne Jeffreys. 50 Musical showbusiness ran in her family. 51 At one point, she wanted to be a dramatic actress, when eventually, she ended up being a comedienne, all because of her stand-up comedy routines. 52 After she lost her older sister, Beverly, she was asked to move back to her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shared her family’s story at a local awareness program. 53 Used to be a spokesperson for Mr. Muscle oven cleaner and Charmin toilet paper in the 1970s. 54 Enjoys golfing, dancing, dining, collecting photo albums, spending time with her family, listening to opera, taking care of people (especially her son) with disabilities, singing and sewing. 55 Her character on The Facts of Life (1979) was a Democrat, so is Rae, in real-life. 56 She was the narrator and singer for the children’s books series, Wally Kola. Her sister Mimi Guten, wrote the music for the book written by Mimi’s long time music partner Toni Mazzola. 57 Had missed numerous episodes of The Facts of Life (1979), midway through the sixth and seventh seasons, due to her serious health problems. 58 When she was told to drop her last name, Lubotsky, her father was mildly insulted. 59 When she was a little girl, she acted with the Wauwatosa Children’s Theatre and performed on the radio. 60 Named the Andy Moffett character (played by Mackenzie Astin) in The Facts of Life (1979) after her own real-life son, Andy, who was autistic. 61 Edna Garrett, her character on The Facts of Life (1979) was born on a farm in Wisconsin, the same as herself in real-life. 62 Had attended the James Stewart Centennial Tribute at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, which was hosted by Robert Wagner. Among the attendees are: Shirley Jones, Ann Rutherford, Cora Sue Collins and Stewart’s daughter, Kelly Stewart. [12 June 2008]. 63 Her family moved to the village of Shorewood, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County, in 1936. 64 Met Norman Lear on an episode of The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950). 65 Composed The Facts of Life (1979)’s 1st season theme song. 66 Had an ongoing feud with Joan Collins. Rae referred to her as a “bitch.”. 67 At 16, she was an apprentice with the Port Players, a professional theater company that came for the summer to Milwaukee, with several established actors. 68 Her ex-husband John Strauss served as musical composer of Car 54, Where Are You? (1961), in which she co-starred. 69 She got the role of Edna Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes (1978), because Norman Lear had been friends with her years before. This led her to starring in The Facts of Life (1979), the year later, which she stayed on the show from 1979 to 1986. 70 Remained good friends with Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn and Kim Fields only after The Facts of Life (1979) ended. During the run of the show, however, she felt that the girls were “politely distant” with her. It was almost a decade after she left the show when McKeon asked her to guest-star on her show Can’t Hurry Love (1995) that she knew the reason why. McKeon confided in her that the girls thought of her more as a boss, rather than a colleague. In reality, Charlotte was a hired-hand like they were and had nothing to do with the network and producers’ decision to fire the six cast members during the first season. 71 Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. 72 Graduated from Shorewood High School in the village of Shorewood, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County, in 1944. 73 Before she was an actress, she was also a singer. 74 Before she was a successful actress, she used to work at nearly every nightclub for unfamiliar singers in New York City. 75 Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a disease that ran in her family. All of her relatives had passed away, with the exception of Rae, who became cancer-free in 2011. 76 Her eldest son Andy was autistic. She knew something was wrong since he was a baby and kept taking him to doctors who told her that she was worrying over nothing. Eventually, a doctor who diagnosed childhood cognitive disabilities told her that her son was autistic. She thought he said “artistic” and was relieved. Then, he wrote out the word “autistic” and explained to her Andy’s condition and that if he didn’t improve by age six, he would have to be institutionalized. She was devastated. But she and her husband helped Andy as much as they could, and when he grew up, he had a girlfriend Rhonda, who was also challenged, but more-functioning than him. Her mother Edna was warm, caring, and wise, and became fast friends with Charlotte. When it came time to giving Mrs. Garrett’s first name on “The Facts of Life”, Charlotte insisted to the writers that her name be Edna, because she wanted her character to have the same qualities. When she told the real Edna about it, she was very flattered and honored. 77 Each summer, while she was in college, she also appeared in summer stock. 78 Friends with: Shirley Jones, Bea Arthur, Doris Roberts, Angela Lansbury, Florence Henderson, Betty White, Marla Gibbs, Della Reese, Gavin MacLeod, Norman Lear, Jean Stapleton, June Lockhart, Norman Lloyd, Joan Rivers, Carol Channing, Paul Lynde, Woody Allen, Teresa Brewer, Cloris Leachman, Dave Madden, Roddy McDowall, Anne Jeffreys, James Cromwell, Alex Rocco, Gary Coleman, William Schallert, Mary Jo Catlett, Charlene Tilton, Peter Marshall, Karen Grassle, Mickey Rooney, Beverly Garland, Robert Wagner, Charles Nelson Reilly and Conrad Bain. 79 Created the Beverly Ann Stickle character for her future The Facts of Life (1979) co-star, Cloris Leachman, named after one of Charlotte’s real-life sisters. 80 Used to be a heavy smoker for years. 81 Was forced to drop Lubotsky, because a radio personality told Charlotte that her last name wouldn’t cut it. 82 Her parents are Esther Ottenstein, who was a childhood friend of Golda Meir, and Meyer Lubotsky, a retail tire business owner. 83 Created the Natalie Green character for her future The Facts of Life (1979) co-star, Mindy Cohn, named after one of Charlotte’s best friends, back in high school. 84 She has three grandchildren. 85 Best known by the public for her starring role as Edna Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes (1978) and it’s spin-off show The Facts of Life (1979). 86 Her sister, Beverly Ann, died in 1998. 87 Left The Facts of Life (1979), at the beginning of the eighth season, because she felt her character was repeating herself. After she tried to reduced her role, the producers and NBC were against her decision of her departure, so she was being replaced by Cloris Leachman, who stayed on the show until the show’s cancellation in 1988. 88 Her classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlton Heston, Martha Hyer, Patricia Neal and Agnes Nixon. Because they were seated alphabetically and her last name was Lubotsky, she & Lynde were seated next to each other. 89 Was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award: in 1966, as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for “Pickwick” (based on the Charles Dickens work), and in 1969, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for “Morning, Noon, and Night”. 90 Member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. 91 Discovered young Mindy Cohn for The Facts of Life (1979) show while Rae and the TV show were at an all-girls school preparing for research and casting. Rae was instrumental in getting young student Cohn cast. 92 Middle daughter of three musical girls. Older sister Beverly, an opera singer, died of cancer a few years ago. Younger sister Mimi is a musician and composer. 93 Created the role of Mammy Yokum in the Broadway musical “Lil’ Abner”. 94 Starred in “Pippin” at the New Jersey Paper Mill Playhouse. 95 Charlotte divorced her husband, composer John Strauss, before starting Diff’rent Strokes (1978). Her youngest son, Larry Strauss, is a South Central Los Angeles school teacher and a writer. He helped write her memoir “The Facts of My Life” (2015) where she revealed that the reason that her marriage ended in divorce was because her husband came out as bisexual and wanted to have an open marriage. She didn’t want that kind of marriage but remained friends with him and his new partner artist Lionel Friedman until both their deaths from Parkinson’s disease. 96 Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). 97 Knew Jeffrey Hunter through their work in local theater as teenagers.

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