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.


  • 1969, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1966, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Nominee


  • Meyer Lubotsky — Father
  • Mimi Guten — Sister
  • John Strauss — Ex-husband
  • Andrew — Son
  • Beverly Levin — Sister
  • Larry — Son
  • Esther Lubotsky — Mother


  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Communications, 1948)


  • Birth Name: Charlotte Rae Lubotsky
  • Birth Place: Milwaukee, WI
  • Birthday: April 22, 1926, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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