Charlotte Rae



  • Birth Name: Charlotte Rae Lubotsky
  • Birth Place: Milwaukee, WI
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/22/1926, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Charlotte Rae Fast Facts:
  • Her mother was a childhood friend of Golda Meir, the Israeli prime minister.
  • Attended Northwestern University with Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde and Charlton Heston.
  • Dropped her last name after breaking into show business when she was advised that Lubotsky would not work well.
  • Began her career as a nightclub singer in the 1950s.
  • Made her Broadway debut in 1952 in Three Wishes for Jamie.
  • In 1978, became a household name playing housekeeper Mrs. Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes, a role that spun-off into her own series, The Facts of Life, which ran until 1986.
  • College friend and former roommate Leachman later replaced Rae on The Facts of Life.
  • Charlotte Rae Relationships:
  • Beverly Levin - Sister
  • Larry - Son
  • Esther Lubotsky - Mother
  • Meyer Lubotsky - Father
  • Mimi Guten - Sister
  • John Strauss - Ex-husband
  • Andrew - Son
  • Charlotte Rae Awards:
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1969 Tony: Actress (Dramatic) - Nominee
  • 1975 Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special - Nominee
  • 1966 Tony: Actress, Supporting or Featured (Musical) - Nominee
  • College:
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Communications, 1948)

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