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Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae

Birthday: 22 April 1926, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Birth Name: Charlotte Rae Lubotsky
Height: 157 cm

This Milwaukee native was born in 1926, where she was raised on a farm, with her two sisters (Beverly, Mimi), with Charlotte being the second of her three. Rae wanted to be a dramatic actress, but eve ...Show More

Charlotte Rae
I have to keep reminding people that I am not Mrs. Garrett. Mrs. Garrett is more together. She is mu Show more I have to keep reminding people that I am not Mrs. Garrett. Mrs. Garrett is more together. She is much more organized. Not I ... Hide
Joan Collins is a bitch! There's no doubt about it, everyone says she an extremely difficult person. Joan Collins is a bitch! There's no doubt about it, everyone says she an extremely difficult person.
[2011] I was thinking of a tree that grows up straight to the sky. Why, what did you think? [2011] I was thinking of a tree that grows up straight to the sky. Why, what did you think?
[Of Mindy Cohn]: I kept going back to this little girl, Mindy Cohn, cause she was so adorable and sh Show more [Of Mindy Cohn]: I kept going back to this little girl, Mindy Cohn, cause she was so adorable and she had that adorable little voice, and I asked her a question, and she go, 'Well, I don't know, it seems to me that,' and she's so cute and funny and I said, 'She'd be a great compliment to the other girls.' Hide
[Who said in 1979 about her small, awkward, plump stature]: How did I fit? I didn't. I felt inferior Show more [Who said in 1979 about her small, awkward, plump stature]: How did I fit? I didn't. I felt inferior. I had this tremendous need to perform. I wanted to be acceptable to my peers. To feel equal. I had an older sister, Beverly, who seemed to be very secure. I had a younger sister, Mimi, who was cute! I thought if I could just be a big star, I'd feel like somebody too. Hide
[on her popularity while playing the fifty-something Edna Garrett on The Facts of Life]: There have Show more [on her popularity while playing the fifty-something Edna Garrett on The Facts of Life]: There have been lots of changes in my life these past few months. Not only am I thinner, but Mrs. Garrett is, too. It'll be a fun season. Hide
You can take wonderfully talented actors, wonderfully talented writers and producers, and, uh, do a Show more You can take wonderfully talented actors, wonderfully talented writers and producers, and, uh, do a wonderful show!... but if it doesn't hit with the public in two minutes, it's bye-bye. Hide
[In 2006]: I wanted to be a serious actress. I am a serious actress. I've done lots of good stuff. [In 2006]: I wanted to be a serious actress. I am a serious actress. I've done lots of good stuff.
[About The Facts of Life (1979) along with her Edna Garrett character]: I want to bring in as much h Show more [About The Facts of Life (1979) along with her Edna Garrett character]: I want to bring in as much humanity as possible, as well as the humor. I've tried to make her a human being with dimensions. The way they write her now is with a great deal of sensitivity and understanding. But I don't want her to be Polly Perfect, because she must have human failings and make mistakes. She's also a surrogate mother to the girls. I told them I wanted to be firm with the girls because I know it's important. Parents must lay down ground rules for their children to help them to grow up and to learn responsibility for their actions. They must learn to stand on their own two feet. Hide
[If she had turned down a role before playing Edna Garrett]: Yes. I've turned things down. Sometimes Show more [If she had turned down a role before playing Edna Garrett]: Yes. I've turned things down. Sometimes because I've just finished something else an I'm too exhausted or sometimes the material just doesn't grab me. I've been offered TV pilots I didn't think would fly - and even if they did go to series those weren't shows I'd want to be on for years and years. When my boys were young, I turned things down to spend time with them. It was something I needed to do-for them and for me. Hide
[Who laughed about one of the songs she used to sing]: In those days, you could do things that were Show more [Who laughed about one of the songs she used to sing]: In those days, you could do things that were risqué. The lyrics were clever. Where would I be without those writers? Hide
[Who said of Gary Coleman's death in 2010]: I said a prayer for him this morning after hearing about Show more [Who said of Gary Coleman's death in 2010]: I said a prayer for him this morning after hearing about his condition. Gary was so loving, so charming. He was the big star of the show. Hide
Because of the power of television, I was visible to everybody all over the world. But there are man Show more Because of the power of television, I was visible to everybody all over the world. But there are many things in the theater that are more fulfilling and that I look forward to doing more. But really, I love it all: theater, film, television. Hide
[Of Joan Collins]: You want to know what happened? They played it for her and she said, 'Who's that Show more [Of Joan Collins]: You want to know what happened? They played it for her and she said, 'Who's that Old Cow?' And I really felt badly because I've had a long siege of the flu, and it was my first night out. I did write a note to her and had him slip it under her dressing room door and I said, 'I apologized, you were excellent in the play, signed, sincerely, 'The Old Cow.' Hide
[In 2015]: If this is your passion don't judge yourself. Just keep striving. Life is one long day at Show more [In 2015]: If this is your passion don't judge yourself. Just keep striving. Life is one long day at school. Keep working and growing in your art. Hide
[In 1989]: I'm in a rage, if you really want to know about it. [In 1989]: I'm in a rage, if you really want to know about it.
For the first ten years of my life I lived at 1232 N. 12th St. It's a freeway now. My father owned a Show more For the first ten years of my life I lived at 1232 N. 12th St. It's a freeway now. My father owned a tire store. There were three girls in my family, and I was the middle one. All three of us were very talented. My older sister, Beverly, settled in Milwaukee and she died a few years ago. She was an opera singer who sang with the symphony and a group called the Saturday Arts' Club. My younger sister, Mimi, is an accomplished musician and composer. She wrote a children's album that I recorded for her, called "Wally Koala" and she's written a couple of musicals as well. Hide
[on her departure of The Facts of Life (1979), at the end of the seventh season]: They wanted me to Show more [on her departure of The Facts of Life (1979), at the end of the seventh season]: They wanted me to stay a couple more years, they offered me millions. Hide
I can't even go to Barbados without people wanting to hug me and 'Oh, Mrs. Garrett!', you know, it [ Show more I can't even go to Barbados without people wanting to hug me and 'Oh, Mrs. Garrett!', you know, it [The Facts of Life] really had an impact on their lives. Hide
[on theater]: I became drunk with power. I was burning to get to New York. But my parents begged me Show more [on theater]: I became drunk with power. I was burning to get to New York. But my parents begged me to stay. I needed to graduate, they said. I did soap opera on radio in Chicago. When I told the director my name was Lubotsky, he said, 'But you can't use that.' My father was very hurt. 'But why?,' he wanted to know. Hide
[As to how she was hired by Norman Lear to play Edna Garrett]: I got involved with 'Diff'rent Stroke Show more [As to how she was hired by Norman Lear to play Edna Garrett]: I got involved with 'Diff'rent Strokes,' because of Norman Lear. When I was in New York ginally], I did a lot of things and one of the things was 'The Colgate Comedy Hour,' and he was one of the producers and writers of it. So, when I came out to California [after many years in New York with my family], they were very, very wonderful, because I would do little guest shots, guest appearances on all of his sitcoms, and then I was doing something called 'The Eddie Capra Murder Mysteries,' and I was at Universal in costume, and they called and asked me to come meet with the producers, and everything. I was wearing an old schweppy thing that I wore for the character for the murder mysteries, and I sat down and I expected to read. They didn't have me read, we just talked, and they asked me about how I felt this housekeeper should be with these two boys and with Mr. Drummond, and I told him the way I felt, and the next thing I knew I had the part. Hide
I had to act because I couldn't do anything else. I had to act because I couldn't do anything else.
[Who said in 1982 when she headed to New York, when she dropped her last name]: My father was heartb Show more [Who said in 1982 when she headed to New York, when she dropped her last name]: My father was heartbroken when I didn't use Lubotsky. Today actors keep their real names and I could use it. Hide
Composers, artists, actors, singers, all of them. I think, unconsciously learn from others. I'm sure Show more Composers, artists, actors, singers, all of them. I think, unconsciously learn from others. I'm sure it's not conscious, but they can't help it. I know I was influenced by Beatrice Lillie. I must have been. Hide
[Who responded in 1984 as to why she enjoys series television]: In TV, you have to compromise. But w Show more [Who responded in 1984 as to why she enjoys series television]: In TV, you have to compromise. But when strangers put their arms around you and tell you how much they love you it somehow makes it all worthwhile. Hide
[on her professional friendship with Norman Lear]: So open. So up front. Not a big shot. Not afraid Show more [on her professional friendship with Norman Lear]: So open. So up front. Not a big shot. Not afraid to take a risk, make a mistake. Hide
[Who said in 1980 about an episode which she wasn't inspired to lose weight]: Yes, in that show, I w Show more [Who said in 1980 about an episode which she wasn't inspired to lose weight]: Yes, in that show, I was on a crash diet. But I had plans long before that to sensibly lose weight. I've dropped from a size 14 dress to a svelte 8; it's terrific. Hide
[Who said in 1985 about being a serious actress, rather than being a funny comedienne]: A good actre Show more [Who said in 1985 about being a serious actress, rather than being a funny comedienne]: A good actress should be able to play comedy as well as drama. I was doing a lot of drama until I took the comedy role in the series 'Car 54, Where Are You?,' and I've been tagged as a comedian ever since. Hide
[Despite her ongoing feud with Joan Collins, she responded in 2007 if other stars, who would want to Show more [Despite her ongoing feud with Joan Collins, she responded in 2007 if other stars, who would want to work with Joan]: It's a miracle that people still want to work with her, but I guess they do! Hide
[In 1988]: My former husband wanted to move to California. He is a music editor and music coordinato Show more [In 1988]: My former husband wanted to move to California. He is a music editor and music coordinator. He coordinated the music for the film version of 'Amadeus.' So many people have moved there from New York, and I felt at home. Hide
[on Teresa Brewer]: Teresa Brewer and I stood on the bar and sang 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man' and ' Show more [on Teresa Brewer]: Teresa Brewer and I stood on the bar and sang 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man' and 'Cockeyed Optimist. Sometimes a drunk would give me 50 cents. My father came in once and nearly died. With tears in his eyes, he told me the cigarette girl had tried to hustle him. Hide
[on the death of Gary Coleman]: Coleman was filled with joy which he spread around to millions of pe Show more [on the death of Gary Coleman]: Coleman was filled with joy which he spread around to millions of people all over the world. Hide
Charlotte Rae's FILMOGRAPHY
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