Charlotte Rae Net Worth

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Charlotte Rae net worth is
$4 Million

Charlotte Rae Wiki Biography

Charlotte Rae Lubotsky was born on the 22nd April 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, and is an actress, comedian, singer and dancer, probably still most famous for her role of Edna Garrett in the 1980s NBC sitcoms “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life”. Charlotte is also known for her appearance in “Sesame Street”, in which she portrayed Molly, the Mail Lady. She has been nominated for Tony and Primetime Emmy Awards, and for her engagements in “The Facts of Life” she was honored with a TV Land Award in 2011.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this acting veteran has accumulated so far? How rich Charlotte Rae is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Charlotte Rae’s net worth, as of late 2016, is $4 million, acquired through her vivid multimedia career which is now spanning more than six decades.

Charlotte Rae Net Worth $4 million

Charlotte was born the middle of three daughters in a family of Russian Jewish immigrants, Esther and Meyer Lubotsky. She attended Shorewood High School before enrolling at Northwestern University where she studied communications, but from which she never graduated. Charlotte’s interest in acting and performing in general dates back to her teenage years, when she became engaged in some radio work and joined Wauwatosa Children’s Theater. At the age of 16, she joined a professional theater company – Port Players – as their apprentice. In 1948, Charlotte relocated to New York City, where she began performing in nightclubs and acting, including in The Big Apple’s prestigious and posh clubs at that time – Village Vanguard and Blue Angel, the home of Elaine May and Barbra Streisand. These engagements provided the basis for Charlotte Rae’s net worth.

Charlotte’s real acting career began in the early 1950s when she was cast in Broadway musicals including “The Threepenny Opera”, “Li’l Abner”, “Three Wishes for Jamie” and “Pickwick”; for the latter engagement, she was nominated for a prestigious Tony Award. These were followed by her first and only solo album, “Songs I Taught My Mother” which was released in 1955 and featured several “silly, sinful and satirical” songs, before in 1956 appearing in Ben Bagley’s “The Littlest Revue”. It is certain that all these engagements contributed to the overall wealth of Charlotte Rae.

Parallel to stage, Charlotte was developing her television career. She debuted on the small screen in 1954 when she appeared in one episode of “Look Up and Live” which was followed by appearances in “United States Steel Hour”, “The Pill Silvers Show” as well as “Play of the Week” and “The Colgate Comedy Hour”. However, her more notable role was as Sylvia Schnauser in the police comedy “Car 54, Where Are You?” in which she starred between 1961 and 1963. She also appeared in eight episodes of the third season of “Sesame Street”. Doubtlessly, these ventures increased Charlotte Rae’s overall net worth by a large margin.

In 1974, Charlotte transferred to Los Angeles, California with Hollywood on her mind, aiming to raise her career to a new level. The real breakthrough in Rae’s acting career came in 1978 when she was cast for the role of Edna Garrett, a housekeeper, in “Diff’rent Strokes”. After appearing in all 24 episodes of the first season and over a dozen episodes of the season two, her character became so popular among the audience that producers, alongside Charlotte, came up with the idea of a spin off – “The Facts of Life”, which subsequently aired for nine seasons, between 1979 and 1986. The role of Edna Garrett marked the acting career of Charlotte Rae and is definitely her most notable role so far. It had also brought her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1982. Certainly, besides bringing popularity, these engagements had also brought a massive increment to Charlotte Rae’s net worth.

In the late 1990s, Charlotte acted in “101 Dalmatians: The Series” and in “The Brothers Flub” TV series. In 2008, she played Roxanne Gaines in the popular medical drama TV series – “ER”. Apart from her TV career, Rae had also appeared in over a dozen movies of which most notable are “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” (2008), “Love Sick Love” (2012) and “Ricky and the Flash” (2015). These roles enriched her professional portfolio as well as her overall wealth.

When it comes to her personal life, Charlotte Rae married composer John Strauss in 1951, with whom she has two sons. After John came out as bisexual, Charlotte filed for divorce in 1976. In 2009, she was diagnosed with early pancreatic cancer; after several years of treatment, in 2015 she was declared cancer free.

Full NameCharlotte Rae
Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthApril 22, 1926
Place Of BirthMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Height1.52 m
ProfessionSinger, Dancer, Comedian, Voice Actor
EducationShorewood High School, Northwestern University
SpouseJohn Strauss (m. 1951–1976)
ChildrenLarry Strauss, Andrew Strauss
ParentsMeyer Lubotsky, Esther Lubotsky
SiblingsMiriam Lubotsky, Beverly Lubotsky
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special
MoviesThe Facts of Life Reunion, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Worst Witch, The Hot Rock, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, Hello Down There, The Facts of Life Goes to Paris, Another Woman's Husband, Sidewinder 1, Hair, The Journey of the Fifth Horse, Save the Dog!, Bananas, J...
TV ShowsCar 54, Where Are You?, Hot l Baltimore, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, One to Grow On, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, The Brothers Flub, Beane's of Boston, Once Upon a Tune, The Rich Little Show, The Great Debate
1Often tells stories of her experience in New York City.
2Her plump, short stature
3Her smile.
4Her husky voice
5Auburn-reddish hair
1[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.
2[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.
3[2011] I was thinking of a tree that grows up straight to the sky. Why, what did you think?
4I had to act because I couldn't do anything else.
5[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.'
6[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.
7I have to keep reminding people that I am not Mrs. Garrett. Mrs. Garrett is more together. She is much more organized. Not I ...
8[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.'
9[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.
10[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.
11[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.
12[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.
13[In 1989]: I'm in a rage, if you really want to know about it.
14[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.
15For 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.
16[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?
17[In 2006]: I wanted to be a serious actress. I am a serious actress. I've done lots of good stuff.
18[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!
19Composers, 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.
20[on the death of Gary Coleman]: Coleman was filled with joy which he spread around to millions of people all over the world.
21[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.
22[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.
23[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.
24Joan Collins is a bitch! There's no doubt about it, everyone says she an extremely difficult person.
25[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.
26Because 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.
27You 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.
28[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.
29[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.
30[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.
31[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.
32I 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.
1She is most widely known to be a social butterfly.
2Her cast on The Facts of Life (1979) had never told Rae about weigh-ins, until after. As the cast matured, long after the series ended, they stay in touch, after several of the cast have children of their own.
3Is only eight days older than her Cloris Leachman.
4Her popularity on Diff'rent Strokes (1978) led her to doing a sequel The Facts of Life (1979), playing the lead character of Edna Garrett.
5She worked with George Clooney, Helen Hunt, and Molly Ringwald on The Facts of Life (1979) before they went on have successful film careers.
6After her role on Ricki and the Flash (2015), she retired from acting at age 89.
7Had attended the 100th Birthday of her lifelong friend Norman Lloyd, on 9 November 2014, in Los Angeles, California.
8She appeared in the annual student theater extravaganza, 'The Waa-Mu Show.'.
9John La Touche was said to be a fan of hers. Before Rae would sing, he used to write opera songs with her ex-husband, John Strauss.
10College classmate and longtime friend of Sheldon Harnick.
11Her favorite dramatic role is: Miss Daisy, in 'Driving Miss Daisy.'.
12Had commuted from New York to Los Angeles every Friday, to tape Car 54, Where Are You? (1961).
13After Vanguard Records went out of business, she tracked down the recording rights of the company, and in the 1970s, Rae brought back the album, for $5,000.
14Was a spokesperson for the public service message, Helen Keller International, in 1987.
15On her 87th birthday, Marilyn Maye sang a birthday song to her.
16She played the same character (Edna Garrett) on three different series: Diff'rent Strokes (1978), The Facts of Life (1979) and Hello, Larry (1979).
17Met Norman Lloyd in the Broadway play, 'Golden Apple.' Rae guest-starred on St. Elsewhere (1982) opposite him.
18Attended the 75th Anniversary of the Waa-Mu Show at Northwestern University [2006].
19Neighbor of Dick Woelfle.
20Is a longtime friend of the late Charles Nelson Reilly. They both guest-starred on a 2-part episode of The Love Boat (1977).
21Every year, Rae contributes to the Saban Clinic in Los Angeles, California, where she was discovered by Bernie and Mimi West. The clinic was open in 1967, at the time, it was called the Los Angeles Free Clinic, and in 2008, both Haim Saban and Cheryl Saban donated $10 million dollars, which it was named in honor.
22Her favorite sitcom was All in the Family (1971), which featured both Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton.
23Was inspired by Gloria Steinem.
24Had referred to Conrad Bain as her big brother.
25Before she was a successful actress, she used to work in radio and in television in Chicago.
26Longtime friend and classmate of Cloris Leachman.
27Had guest-starred and starred on a few of Norman Lear's shows, before she was cast on Diff'rent Strokes (1978) and The Facts of Life (1979).
28A singing and dancing enthusiast.
29Met future husband, John Strauss, when Rae was recording an album called, 'Songs I Taught My Mother.' At the time, Strauss, served as musical director on the project, managing the band worked on the recording and arranging the music.
30Met Shirley Jones on an episode of The Partridge Family (1970). The two began a lifelong friendship.
31Attended the funeral of her lifelong friend and old classmate Paul Lynde, when the actor/comedian passed away in 1982. Rae also guest-starred with Lynde on both shows: The Paul Lynde Show (1972) and The Hollywood Squares (1965).
32Lived in New York City from 1948 to 1974.
33Began her show The Facts of Life (1979) at age 53.
34With the death of Conrad Bain in 2013, Rae and Todd Bridges are the only two surviving stars of Diff'rent Strokes (1978).
35Released her only album in 1955 that was reissued in 2006, called "Songs I Taught My Mother.".
36Did not complete her studies in college.
37Attended the 40th Anniversary Reunion of The Waltons (1971).
38Acting mentor and friend of Mindy Cohn.
39Attended the 90th birthday party of longtime friend Carol Channing, on 21 February 2011.
40Is a fan of both shows: Law & Order (1990) and Masterpiece Classic (1971).
41Met Bea Arthur in a revival of the play, "Bertolt Brecht," where they began a lifelong friendship until Bea's death in 2009.
42Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early, because she was screened for it. She was the only one in her family to have a successful surgery.
43Her sister, Mimi, lives in Dallas, Texas.
44Prior to her cancer diagnosis, her son, Larry Strauss met with her doctor at UCLA. After auditioning him, it was concluded that he was the one to perform surgery, where the tail of my pancreas was removed. [14 August 2009].
45After her long stage career, she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1974, to become an actress.
46Before she celebrated her 84th birthday in 2010, her cyst had grown by the day of her surgery. Afterwards, she completed her last chemotherapy treatment.
47Celebrated her 85th birthday in 2011, with the rest of her The Facts of Life (1979) cast at the TV Land Awards. On that day, both of her former co-stars, Nancy McKeon and Kim Fields, gave speeches respectively, in honor of her birthday.
48After her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, she joined the Pan Can Action Network and Aurora Healthcare to encourage people that pancreatic cancer risk factors and in-particular the importance of detailed testing for those with a family history of pancreatic cancer.
49Made her Broadway debut in "Three Wishes for Jamie," opposite Leigh Allen and Anne Jeffreys.
50Musical showbusiness ran in her family.
51At one point, she wanted to be a dramatic actress, when eventually, she ended up being a comedienne, all because of her stand-up comedy routines.
52After she lost her older sister, Beverly, she was asked to move back to her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shared her family's story at a local awareness program.
53Used to be a spokesperson for Mr. Muscle oven cleaner and Charmin toilet paper in the 1970s.
54Enjoys golfing, dancing, dining, collecting photo albums, spending time with her family, listening to opera, taking care of people (especially her son) with disabilities, singing and sewing.
55Her character on The Facts of Life (1979) was a Democrat, so is Rae, in real-life.
56She was the narrator and singer for the children's books series, Wally Kola. Her sister Mimi Guten, wrote the music for the book written by Mimi's long time music partner Toni Mazzola.
57Had missed numerous episodes of The Facts of Life (1979), midway through the sixth and seventh seasons, due to her serious health problems.
58When she was told to drop her last name, Lubotsky, her father was mildly insulted.
59When she was a little girl, she acted with the Wauwatosa Children's Theatre and performed on the radio.
60Named the Andy Moffett character (played by Mackenzie Astin) in The Facts of Life (1979) after her own real-life son, Andy, who was autistic.
61Edna Garrett, her character on The Facts of Life (1979) was born on a farm in Wisconsin, the same as herself in real-life.
62Had attended the James Stewart Centennial Tribute at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, which was hosted by Robert Wagner. Among the attendees are: Shirley Jones, Ann Rutherford, Cora Sue Collins and Stewart's daughter, Kelly Stewart. [12 June 2008].
63Her family moved to the village of Shorewood, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County, in 1936.
64Met Norman Lear on an episode of The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950).
65Composed The Facts of Life (1979)'s 1st season theme song.
66Had an ongoing feud with Joan Collins. Rae referred to her as a "bitch.".
67At 16, she was an apprentice with the Port Players, a professional theater company that came for the summer to Milwaukee, with several established actors.
68Her ex-husband John Strauss served as musical composer of Car 54, Where Are You? (1961), in which she co-starred.
69She got the role of Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes (1978), because Norman Lear had been friends with her years before. This led her to starring in The Facts of Life (1979), the year later, which she stayed on the show from 1979 to 1986.
70Remained good friends with Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn and Kim Fields only after The Facts of Life (1979) ended. During the run of the show, however, she felt that the girls were "politely distant" with her. It was almost a decade after she left the show when McKeon asked her to guest-star on her show Can't Hurry Love (1995) that she knew the reason why. McKeon confided in her that the girls thought of her more as a boss, rather than a colleague. In reality, Charlotte was a hired-hand like they were and had nothing to do with the network and producers' decision to fire the six cast members during the first season.
71Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
72Graduated from Shorewood High School in the village of Shorewood, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County, in 1944.
73Before she was an actress, she was also a singer.
74Before she was a successful actress, she used to work at nearly every nightclub for unfamiliar singers in New York City.
75Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a disease that ran in her family. All of her relatives had passed away, with the exception of Rae, who became cancer-free in 2011.
76Her eldest son Andy was autistic. She knew something was wrong since he was a baby and kept taking him to doctors who told her that she was worrying over nothing. Eventually, a doctor who diagnosed childhood cognitive disabilities told her that her son was autistic. She thought he said "artistic" and was relieved. Then, he wrote out the word "autistic" and explained to her Andy's condition and that if he didn't improve by age six, he would have to be institutionalized. She was devastated. But she and her husband helped Andy as much as they could, and when he grew up, he had a girlfriend Rhonda, who was also challenged, but more-functioning than him. Her mother Edna was warm, caring, and wise, and became fast friends with Charlotte. When it came time to giving Mrs. Garrett's first name on "The Facts of Life", Charlotte insisted to the writers that her name be Edna, because she wanted her character to have the same qualities. When she told the real Edna about it, she was very flattered and honored.
77Each summer, while she was in college, she also appeared in summer stock.
78Friends with: Shirley Jones, Bea Arthur, Doris Roberts, Angela Lansbury, Florence Henderson, Betty White, Marla Gibbs, Della Reese, Gavin MacLeod, Norman Lear, Jean Stapleton, June Lockhart, Norman Lloyd, Joan Rivers, Carol Channing, Paul Lynde, Woody Allen, Teresa Brewer, Cloris Leachman, Dave Madden, Roddy McDowall, Anne Jeffreys, James Cromwell, Alex Rocco, Gary Coleman, William Schallert, Mary Jo Catlett, Charlene Tilton, Peter Marshall, Karen Grassle, Mickey Rooney, Beverly Garland, Robert Wagner, Charles Nelson Reilly and Conrad Bain.
79Created the Beverly Ann Stickle character for her future The Facts of Life (1979) co-star, Cloris Leachman, named after one of Charlotte's real-life sisters.
80Used to be a heavy smoker for years.
81Was forced to drop Lubotsky, because a radio personality told Charlotte that her last name wouldn't cut it.
82Her parents are Esther Ottenstein, who was a childhood friend of Golda Meir, and Meyer Lubotsky, a retail tire business owner.
83Created the Natalie Green character for her future The Facts of Life (1979) co-star, Mindy Cohn, named after one of Charlotte's best friends, back in high school.
84She has three grandchildren.
85Best known by the public for her starring role as Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes (1978) and it's spin-off show The Facts of Life (1979).
86Her sister, Beverly Ann, died in 1998.
87Left The Facts of Life (1979), at the beginning of the eighth season, because she felt her character was repeating herself. After she tried to reduced her role, the producers and NBC were against her decision of her departure, so she was being replaced by Cloris Leachman, who stayed on the show until the show's cancellation in 1988.
88Her classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlton Heston, Martha Hyer, Patricia Neal and Agnes Nixon. Because they were seated alphabetically and her last name was Lubotsky, she & Lynde were seated next to each other.
89Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1966, as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "Pickwick" (based on the Charles Dickens work), and in 1969, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Morning, Noon, and Night".
90Member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority.
91Discovered young Mindy Cohn for The Facts of Life (1979) show while Rae and the TV show were at an all-girls school preparing for research and casting. Rae was instrumental in getting young student Cohn cast.
92Middle daughter of three musical girls. Older sister Beverly, an opera singer, died of cancer a few years ago. Younger sister Mimi is a musician and composer.
93Created the role of Mammy Yokum in the Broadway musical "Lil' Abner".
94Starred in "Pippin" at the New Jersey Paper Mill Playhouse.
95Charlotte divorced her husband, composer John Strauss, before starting Diff'rent Strokes (1978). Her youngest son, Larry Strauss, is a South Central Los Angeles school teacher and a writer. He helped write her memoir "The Facts of My Life" (2015) where she revealed that the reason that her marriage ended in divorce was because her husband came out as bisexual and wanted to have an open marriage. She didn't want that kind of marriage but remained friends with him and his new partner artist Lionel Friedman until both their deaths from Parkinson's disease.
96Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).
97Knew Jeffrey Hunter through their work in local theater as teenagers.


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The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1955TV Series
Appointment with Adventure1955TV SeriesBeverly
NBC Television Opera Theatre1955TV SeriesMariella
Ponds Theater1955TV Series
Armstrong Circle Theatre1954TV SeriesMrs. Ogburn / Party Snob
The United States Steel Hour1954TV SeriesRamona


Art School Confidential2006performer: "Facts of Life - Theme"
Tom and Jerry: The Movie1992performer: "Money Is Such A Beautiful Word"
The Worst Witch1986TV Movie performer: "Queen Aggie's School"
The Facts of Life1979TV Series performer - 1 episode


OT: Our Town2002Documentary special thanks


Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2017Documentary post-productionHerself
Between the Lines2016TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You2016DocumentaryHerself
WGN Morning News2015TV SeriesHerself - Phone Interview
Greenwich Village: A World Apart2015Documentary shortHerself
Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHerself - Author, The Facts of My Life
Entertainment Tonight2007-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Author, The Facts of My Life
She's The Best Thing In It2015DocumentaryHerself
Good Morning America2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Teens Wanna Know2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
The 9th Annual TV Land Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Totally Tracked Down2010TV SeriesHerself
Biography2000-2010TV Series documentaryHerself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
E! Mysteries & Scandals2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 52000TV Movie documentaryHerself
TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 22000TV Movie documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1998-1999TV Series documentaryHerself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1986-1989TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHerself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The NBC All Star Hour1985TV MovieHerself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
Star Search1984TV SeriesHerself - Introducer
One to Grow On1982TV Series shortHerself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight1982TV MovieHerself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
The Way They Were1981TV Special
Bob Hope's All-Star Look at TV's Prime Time Wars1980Herself
The Hollywood Squares1979-1980TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Mike Douglas Show1980TV SeriesHerself - Comic Actress
A Different Approach1978ShortHerself
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1976-1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rich Little Show1976TV SeriesHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHerself
Girl Talk1963-1967TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1956-1966TV SeriesHerself
The Garry Moore Show1964TV SeriesHerself - Guest Appearance
Camera Three1961TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1957-1958TV SeriesHerself
The Martha Raye Show1955TV SeriesHerself
The Blue Angel1954TV SeriesHerself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1954TV SeriesHerself - Comic Actress

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself

Nominated Awards

1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Facts of Life (1979)
1975Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama SpecialQueen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)

Known for movies

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