Charlotte Rae
Charlotte Rae
Celebrated Name: Charlotte Rae
Real Name/Full Name: Charlotte Rae Lubotsky
Gender: Female
Age at the time of death: 92 years old
Birth Date: 22 April 1926
Date of death: 5 August 2018
Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.52 M
Weight: 57 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
John Strauss (m. 1951–1976)
Children: Yes (Larry Strauss, Andrew Strauss)
Profession: Actress, Comedian, and Singer
Net Worth in 2024: $4 Million
Last Updated: February 2024

Charlotte Rae was a popular American actress, comedian, and singer. She is most well-known for her role in the TV series “Diff’rent Strokes” and its spin-off, “The Facts of Life.” She is the recipient of a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy in 1982. She has appeared in two Facts of Life television movies: The Facts of Life Goes to Paris in 1982 and The Facts of Life Reunion in 2001. She has voice acted in the movies, “101 Dalmatians: The Series” and “Tom and Jerry: The Movie.” In 2015, her autobiography, “The Facts of My Life,” was released, which was she co-wrote with her son, Larry Strauss.

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Early Life & Biography

Charlotte Rae, whose full name is Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, was born on 22 April 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the U.S. to parents, Esther (1900–1971), and Meyer Lubotsky (1898–1956). Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and her father was a retail tire business owner. She was the second of 3 three sisters, in between Beverly (1921 – 1998) and Miriam (born 1930). When it comes to her education, she had attended Shorewood High School, from where she graduated in 1944. She has also been to Northwestern University, although she didn’t complete her studies there.

In 1942, at the age of 16 years she worked as an apprentice with the Port Players, which was a professional theater company.6 years later, in 1948, she moved to New York City, where she performed in theater and nightclubs.

Personal Life

Charlotte Rae married John Strauss on the 4th of November 1951. John came out as a bisexual in the mid-1970s, and the couple got divorced in 1976. Together they had two sons, Lawrence and his older brother Andrew (1955 – 1999). Andy was autistic and suffered from epilepsy as well. She had a pacemaker installed in 1982. Also, she had her open-heart surgery to replace her mitral valve with a mechanical equivalent. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009 and, after six months of chemotherapy, became cancer-free. She was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2017 at 91 years of age. She died in her home in Los Angeles, California, on the 5th of August 2018 at 92 years of age.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 22 April 1926, Charlotte Rae was 92 years old. Her height was 1.52 M tall, and her weight was 57 kg.


Charlotte Rae made her debut in 1954 on TV with the series “Look Up and Live” and “The United States Steel Hour.” This brought her similar roles on the shows, as “Armstrong Circle Theatre,” NBC Television Opera Theatre, The Philco Television Playhouse, and more. In 1993, she voice acted in the movie, “Tom and Jerry: The Movie.” She gained her first major success with the sitcom, “Car 54, Where Are You?” (1961–1963).

She then worked in several series such as “The Defenders,” “Temperatures Rising,” “The Love Boat,” and more. For her supporting role in the 1975 TV drama movie, “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom,” she gained a nomination for an Emmy Award.  In 1978, she starred in the TV show, “Diff’rent Strokes.” She has also worked in Diff’rent Strokes” spin-off show, “The Facts of Life,” which brought her huge recognition.

The show earned great ratings between the period 1980 and 1986. She left the show at the beginning of the 8th season.  The show continued for two more years before ending in 1988. In 2001, she starred in the TV movie, “The Facts of Life Reunion.”

Charlotte is a singer as well, having released her first and the only solo album “Songs I Taught My Mother” in 1955. When it comes to her career in theater, she has appeared in Broadway on “Three Wishes for Jamie” (1952), “The Threepenny Opera” (1954), and “Pickwick” (1965), and more. For her performance in “Pickwick,” she earned a Tony Award Nomination in 1966 in the category of Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Awards & Achievements

Here is a list covering some of the Awards & Achievements earned by Charlotte Rae:

  • She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1975 in the category of Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special for “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom” (1975).
  • She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1982 in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for “The Facts of Life” (1979).
  • She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for “Pickwick.”
  • She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1969 for Best Actress in a Play for “Morning, Noon and Night.”
  • “The Facts of Life“ cast was the winner of the Pop Culture Award at the 2011 TV Land Awards.

Net Worth & Salary of Charlotte Rae in 2024

Charlotte Rae Net Worth
Charlotte Rae Net Worth

Charlotte Rae was born on the 22nd of April 1926 and died at the age of 92 years on the 5th of August 2018. Till then, she had accumulated a net worth of $4 Million as of February 2024. She has garnered most of her earnings from her acting career. She made her TV debut in 1954 with the series “Look Up and Live” and “The United States Steel Hour.”

She is most well-known for her role in the TV series “Diff’rent Strokes” and its spin-off, “The Facts of Life.” She has acted in Broadway and has earned two Tony Awards nominations for her role in “Pickwick” and “Morning, Noon and Night.” She earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1975 for her role in the TV movie, “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.”

Charlotte Rae was a legendary TV actor, and her list of awards and accomplishments speaks volumes about her talent. One lesson which we can all take from her life was her attitude to deliver performances with the best of her efforts. Here’s thanking her for the entertainment she provided us throughout her career.


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