Celebrities Respond to the Passing of Charlotte Rae (A.K.A. Mrs. Garrett)

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When news spread of Charlotte Rae’s passing, celebrities hit the social media outlet to share their grief and fond memories of the 92-year-old.

Charlotte Rae is best known for her role as Mrs. Edna Garrett on “The Facts of Life,” where she brought wisdom, kindness and generosity to a generation of kids. The role originated on “Different Strokes,” where she was housekeeper for Mr. Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his children Kimberly (Dana Plato), Willis (Todd Bridges) and Arnold (Gary Coleman).

Cast members of “Facts of Life,” Lisa Welchel (Blair), Kim Fields (Tootie), Mindy Cohn (Natalie) along with many other celebrities, including the only living cast member of “Different Strokes,” Todd Bridges, spoke out about the women who shaped a generation as Mrs. Garrett.

Kim Fields

“You all already know my heart is heavy yet…. sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears… and yeah, smiles….

Lisa Welchel

“Thank you, Charlotte, for 40 years of friendship and love. You will be missed. 🙏💕

Mindy Cohn

“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 💔”

Todd Bridges

“Different Strokes would not have been the same without you . 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.”

Audra McDonald

“She was so sweet, funny, wise, lovely, and brilliant. She will be so missed. Rest In Peace Sweet Charlotte Rae.”

Holly Robinson Peete

“Love this recent pic of my mom and Charlotte Rae who just passed away at 92🙏🏽💔…what a beautiful woman who lived a robust and amazing life. Tremendous talent. I am so proud to have met her. Rest In Peace.”

Gilbert Godfried

“RIP former Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast guest Charlotte Rae.”

Robin Strasser

“the great actress & humanitarian has passed…She made generous contributions in her professional & personal life-You could feel her appetite & enjoyment of life!”

Larry Wilmore

“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.”

 

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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