Charlotte Rae (born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky; April 22, 1926) is an American character actress of stage, comedienne, singer and dancer, who in her six decades of television is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Edna Garrett in the sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life (in which she starred from 1979 to 1986). She received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy in 1982. She also appeared in two Facts of Life television movies: The Facts of Life Goes to Paris in 1982 and The Facts of Life Reunion in 2001. She voiced the character of 'Nanny' in 101 Dalmatians: The Series. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Russian Jewish immigrants Esther (nee Ottenstein), who was a childhood friend of Golda Meir, and Meyer Lubotsky, a retail tire business owner.
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