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Charlotte Rae Biography

Birth Name:
Charlotte Rae Lubotsky
Birth Place:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Actor, singer

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


  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special: nominated


  • Meyer Lubotsky -- Father
  • Esther Lubotsky -- Mother
  • Beverly Levin -- Sister
  • Mimi Guten -- Sister
  • Andrew -- Son
  • Larry -- Son