Charlotte was a part of the Northwestern University's renaissance of theater and music and comedy along with many great creators and performers of her generation; she spent many insane days-and nights-in Evanston and NY cavorting with roommate, Cloris Leachman, comedy partner, Paul Lynde, and other rising stars of the late 40's and early 50's.
In April 2017, Rae revealed she had been diagnosed with bone cancer. She later gained national attention for her supporting role on "Diff'rent Strokes" before pitching Garrett as the centerpiece of a spinoff series that would become "The Facts of Life".
According to TMZ, Rae also appeared in "The Love Boat", "101 Dalmatians: The Series", "Sesame Street", "Car 54, Where Are You?".
The actress passed away in her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, according to the publicist, who did not provide a cause of death.
That led to a long career on Broadway, where Rae earned Tony nominations for her roles in Pickwick, Morning Noon and Night, and later an Emmy nomination for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom. 'My mother, sister, and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer.
"At the age of 91, I have to make up my mind". "I'm not in any pain right now", she explained at the time. I lost my hair, but I had attractive wigs. I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground. "I love life. I've had a wonderful one already." she continued.
Friends and fans have already taken to social media to pay their respects to the fallen star, including Mindy Cohn, who played one of Rae's students on The Facts of Life.
"Comedian Larry Wilmore said", My first tv gig a millennium of moons ago was on The Facts of Life.
Her last feature film credit was "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep in 2015. She played the maid of a rich white businessman (Conrad Bain) who adopted two young black brothers (Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges).
In addition to Rae's son Larry and his wife, Eleanor, survivors include her sister Miriam, and grandchildren Sean, Carly, and Nora.
Rae made numerous TV appearances in 1950s drama anthologies including "The U.S. Steel Hour", "Playhouse 90" and "Armstrong Circle Theater", sharing the black-and-white screen with such actors as Zero Mostel, Art Carney and Gertrude Berg.
In 2015, Rae opened up about her career in a memoir, The Facts of My Life.