After news spread that Charlotte Rae, the famed actress who portrayed lovable mother Mrs. Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, died on Sunday (August 5) at her Los Angeles home, it's clear that the Hollywood veteran will be severely missed. She was 92.
Co-stars from both of Rae's longtime series, including Todd Bridges (Strokes) and Mindy Cohn (Facts), took to social media to pay tribute to the late actress, who revealed that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer in 2017. "At 91, every day is a birthday," she previously admitted to PEOPLE in 2017 of her memoir, The Facts of My Life. "[In my book] I want to tell everybody to celebrate every day, to savor the day and be good to yourself, love yourself, and then you can be good to others and be of service to others."
Scroll on below to read a few of the many tribute messages shared in honor of Charlotte Rae!
Different Strokes would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae. You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you "My heart is full of Pain" Rest in peace my friend pic.twitter.com/8FbterNz3S— Todd Bridges (@ToddBridges) August 6, 2018
RIP IN PEACE ALL OF MY CAST MATES. I MISS YOU ALL. pic.twitter.com/tS52TfryKo— Todd Bridges (@ToddBridges) August 6, 2018
it’s with a heavy heart & lots of tears (but a smile as i think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being in it. she was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live an actor’s life. i love you char. i will continue to make you proud. and, as I send sympathies to larry and the rest of the family, I wish you the happiest of homecomings. #ripcharlotterae 💔 #ohwhatalife #mwah #tilwemeetagain #thankyou
Thank you, Charlotte, for 40 years of friendship and love. You will be missed. 🙏💕 pic.twitter.com/ywmPwepdvm— Lisa Whelchel (@LisaWhelchel) August 6, 2018
Saddened to hear about Charlotte Rae's passing. My first tv gig a millennium of moons ago was on The Facts of Life. She was just the best and nicest lady. I look like I'm twelve playing a cop. RIP Ms. Rae. https://t.co/7ef6hYZTHR— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) August 6, 2018
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