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Mindy Cohn and other co-stars react to the death of Charlotte Rae

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 08, 2018
11:24 A.M.

Actress Charlotte Rae passed away recently after battling bone cancer. She was well known for her roles on Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.

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To pay tribute to the star, her former co-stars took to social media to share their condolences. Amongst those who honored her was actress Mindy Cohn.

Charlotte Rae, 92, died surrounded by family and friends at her Los Angeles home. She is survived by her son, Larry Strauss.

On Diff’rent Strokes she had a role as housekeeper Edna Garrett. The character became so popular that Rae got her own NBC spinoff, The Facts of Life, in 1979.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The series was set at an all-girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York.

Rae acted with teenage girls that she was responsible for which were played by Lisa Whelchel, Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, and Nancy McKeon. After her death was announced, many of her TV co-stars took to social media to pay tribute to her.

“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.”

Mindy Cohn, Instagram, August 5, 2018

They included Facts Of Life stars Fields and Cohn and Diff’rent Strokes’ Todd Bridges. Fields, who played roller skate-wearing Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey told her Twitter fans that her heart was heavy at the loss.

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Bridges, who is now the only living star of Diff’rent Strokes, posted a photo of his late co-star to Twitter with a caption wishing her peaceful rest. The actor’s other co-stars Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, and Conrad Bain have all passed away.

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Cohn, who played Natalie Green on the spin-off sitcom, posted a tribute to the late actress on Instagram. In her post, the actress called Rae “my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live an actor’s life.”

Rae remained close with her TV co-stars in the years following Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. Two years ago, she supported Fields as part of the audience when the actress competed on Dancing with the Stars.

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In 2016, Rae told On Milwaukee, “I am very close with Nancy (McKeon) and recently visited her on her ranch in Austin. I had a ‘jammie party’ with her children.”

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She also shared that she was also still close with Whelchel, Fields, and Cohn. The star revealed that they were all doing well and had beautiful families.

Her death came at a time when a reboot of the classic NBC series is being considered at Sony Pictures TV. Appian Way, the company run by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, is in negotiations to executive produce a reboot.

Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films is set to co-produce the series.

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