Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae

Highest Rated: 83% Bananas (1971)

Lowest Rated: 37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008)

Birthday: Apr 22, 1926

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1926, Charlotte Rae performed in plays in high school and attended Northwestern University. Although she didn't complete her studies she became friends with a number of future stars including Cloris Leachman, Charlton Heston and Paul Lynde. In 1948, she moved to New York City, where she performed in theater and nightclubs. She was convinced to drop her last name and became Charlotte Rae. Rae appeared on Broadway in "Three Wishes for Jamie" in 1952, and "The Threepenny Opera" in 1954, the same year she made her debut onscreen on the shows "Look Up and Live" (CBS, 1954-59) and "The United States Steel Hour" (ABC, 1945-1949; NBC, 1949-1953) and continued working consistently for the next six decades. Although she first intended to be a dramatic actress, Rae found her niche in comedy and her first substantial part came in a recurring role as Sylvia Schnauzer, wife of Officer Leo Schnauzer on the hit comedy "Car 54, Where Are You?" (NBC, 1961-63). After that show ended in 1963, Rae continued working on screen and on stage and was nominated for Tony Awards in 1966 (Best Featured Actress in "Pickwick") and 1969 (Best Actress in "Morning, Noon and Night"). In 1971, Rae was a recurring character on "Sesame Street" (NET, 1969-1970; PBS, 1970-2016; HBO, 2016-) and in 1974, collaborated for the first time with Norman Lear, appearing in guest roles on "Good Times" (CBS, 1974-79) and "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79). Rae was a series regular on "Hot l Baltimore" (ABC, 1975), a short-lived show, also Executive Produced by Lear. In 1978, Rae began playing the role that would define her career. On the first four seasons of the iconic sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC, 1978-1985; ABC 1985-86), her character Edna Garrett provided back-up and support and comic relief for the Drummond family. After the second season of the show, Rae performed double duty, playing Edna on "Diff'rent Strokes," and on the successful spin off "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988). In 1982, she was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "The Facts of Life." Rae had a pacemaker implanted in 1982, and, after she left "The Facts of Life" in 1986, continued to work at a slower pace, often lending her voice to children's animated series such as "Itsy Bitsy Spider" (USA, 1994-96), but still making appearances on live action shows like "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96), and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Her final onscreen performance came in the film "Ricky and the Flash" (2015), starring Meryl Streep. Rae passed away in 2018 at the age of 92.

Highest rated movies

Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
The Hot Rock
Ricki and the Flash You Don't Mess With the Zohan




65% 43% Ricki and the Flash Oma (Character) $26.8M 2015
No Score Yet 42% Love Sick Love Unknown (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 60% Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage Vesta (Character) - 2008
37% 45% You Don't Mess With the Zohan Mrs. Greenhouse (Character) $100.0M 2008
No Score Yet 68% The Facts of Life Reunion Mrs. Edna Garrett (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 38% Thunder in Paradise Lola Miller (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Words by Heart Mary Tom Chism (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Edna Garrett (Character) - 1982
82% 87% Hair Lady in Pink (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Bessie (Character) - 1979
80% 67% Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Helen (Character) - 1975
78% 68% The Hot Rock Ma Murch (Character) - 1972
83% 74% Bananas Mrs. Mellish (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 58% Hello Down There Myrtle Ruth (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Journey of the Fifth Horse Unknown (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet World of Sholom Aleichem Unknown (Character) - 1959


No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Lines With Barry Kibrick Guest 2016
No Score Yet 87% Girl Meets World Gammy Hart (Guest Star) 2014
81% 81% Pretty Little Liars Bead Boutique Owner (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 84% ER Roxanne Gaines (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 80% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet 101 Dalmatians: The Series Unknown (Voice) 1997-1998
38% No Score Yet Can't Hurry Love Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
0% No Score Yet Baby Talk Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 100% The Facts of Life Edna Garrett (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Mrs. Edna Garrett (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1978-1980 1984
No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Mrs. Rebecca Sobel (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot L Baltimore Mrs. Bellotti (Character) 1975
No Score Yet 100% Good Times Ms. Rogers (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 91% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Madame Aigreville (Character) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Paul Lynde Show Aunt Charlotte (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 50% The Partridge Family Dr. Beecher (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Car 54, Where Are You? Sylvia Schnauser (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Ramona (Character) 1954