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Charlotte Rae

Highest Rated:   89% Hair (1979)
Lowest Rated:   18% Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
85% 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
38% 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
18% 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
63% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Girl Meets World
2014
  • Grammy Hart
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Edna Garrett
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Mrs. Edna Garrett
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Molly the Mail Lady
  • 1969

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