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Charlotte Rae, 'Facts of Life' Matriarch, Reveals Bone Cancer Diagnosis

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“Different Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” actress Charlotte Rae reveals that she has been diagnosed with bone cancer. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 28 Apr 2017 07:25 PM

Charlotte Rae, the actress who played Edna Garrett on “Different Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” has been diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 91.

Rae told People that she had pancreatic cancer about seven years ago but went into remission after chemotherapy. “My mother, sister, and uncle died of pancreatic cancer ... I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew.”

Rae’s publicist confirmed to Fox News that Rae started chemotherapy on Thursday in an attempt to treat the recurrence of cancer.

The decision about how to treat the cancer was a difficult one for Rae, she told People. “Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life. I love life. I’ve had a wonderful one already,” Rae said.

Rae played the housemother and mentor to attendees of a small, private girls’ school in “The Facts of Life,” a spinoff of her housekeeper character on “Different Strokes.” Stars such as George Clooney and Molly Ringwald appeared on “The Facts of Life,” which aired from 1979 to 1988, according to Today.

Rae released a memoir in 2015 detailing her divorce from husband, composer John Strauss, after he came out as gay, Today reported. She also wrote about her battle with alcoholism, which she said began as a way to sleep when she was working on “Sesame Street” and her TV show at the same time, Fox reported.

Fans were saddened at the news and wished Rae well with her treatment.

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