Charlotte Rae

Highest Rated: 89% Hair (1979)
Birthday: Apr 22, 1926
Birthplace: Not Available
Even as a teenaged performer with the Shorewood Players, a Milwaukee community-theatre group, Charlotte Rae thrived in playing characters much older than herself. Example: at 16, Charlotte starred as Dolly Gallegher Levi in a Shorewood production of Thornton Wilder's The Merchant of Yonkers (her 28-year-old "Horace Vandergelder" was future Broadway director Morton DaCosta). Following graduation from Northwestern University, Rae made her Broadway bow in 1952's Three Wishes for Jamie. The following year, she scored a hit as Mrs. Peachum in the long-running off-Broadway revival of Brecht and Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, and within three years she was portraying the ancient, wizened Mammy Yokum in Li'l Abner. She was a favorite of TV producer Nat Hiken, who hired her for several guest spots on The Phil Silvers Show. In 1961, Hiken cast the 35-year-old Charlotte as middle-aged hausfrau Sylvia Schnauzer, virago wife of officer Leo Schnauzer (played by fiftyish Al Lewis) on Car 54, Where are You? Rae's other TV series credits include the 1950s daytime drama From These Roots, the 1975 Norman Lear sitcom Hot L Baltimore and the 1976 Summer replacement The Rich Little Show. In 1978, Rae was cast as flibbertigibbet housekeeper Mrs. Garrett on the Gary Coleman series Diff'rent Strokes; the character struck such a responsive chord with audiences that she was spun off into her own starring sitcom The Facts of Life, in 1986. Rae remained with Facts as Mrs. Garrett until 1986, by which time she had been nominated for two Emmies (she has also received Obie and Tony nominations; an actual win is long overdue). More recently, Charlotte has provided voices for such animated offerings as Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1993) and TV's Itsy Bitsy Spider. An off-and-on nightclub and revue performer, Charlotte Rae took her one-woman "Broadway highlights" show on the road in 1994. Rae would continue to act in the decades to come, providing the voice of Nanny on the 101 Dalmations animated series, and appearing in films like You Don't Mess with the Zohan.

Highest Rated Movies



86% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Actor $70.6K 2016
64% Ricki And The Flash Oma 2015
No Score Yet She's The Best Thing In It Actor 2015
No Score Yet Love Sick Love Edna 2013
No Score Yet Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage Vesta 2008
37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan Mrs. Greenhouse $100.1M 2008
No Score Yet The Facts of Life Reunion Edna Garrett 2001
No Score Yet Another Woman's Husband Stella 2000
27% Nowhere Fortune Teller 1997
15% Tom and Jerry: The Movie Aunt Figg 1992
No Score Yet The Worst Witch Miss Cackle 1986
No Score Yet Great Bible Stories: Noah's Ark Actor 1986
89% Hair Party Guest 1979
No Score Yet The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Actor 1979
No Score Yet Rabbit Test Cousin Clare 1978
No Score Yet Our Town Mrs. Soames 1977
No Score Yet Sidewinder One Mrs. Holt 1977
80% Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Helen 1975
67% The Hot Rock Ma Murch 1972
88% Bananas Mrs. Mellish 1971
No Score Yet Hello Down There Myrtle Ruth 1969
No Score Yet Jenny Bella Star 1969
No Score Yet The Journey of the Fifth Horse Actor 1966
No Score Yet World of Sholom Aleichem Actor 1959


No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
Mrs. Edna Garrett
  • 2018
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Sesame Street
Molly the Mail Lady
  • 2018
  • 1969
No Score Yet Girl Meets World
Grammy Hart
  • 2014
70% Life
Mary Ford
  • 2009
No Score Yet The King of Queens
  • 2005
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Nettie Harper
  • 1987
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
Mary Carnahan
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
Edna Garrett
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Barney Miller
Mrs. Sobel
  • 1976
No Score Yet All in the Family
Miss Lillian Henderson
  • 1974
No Score Yet Good Times
Ms. Rogers
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Dr. Beecher
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
Mme. Flossie
  • 1958


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