Rae, Charlotte 1926–

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RAE, Charlotte 1926


Original name, Charlotte Rae Lubotsky; born April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee, WI; daughter of Meyer (a retail tire business owner) and Esther (maiden name, Ottenstein) Lubotsky; married John Strauss (a composer), November 4, 1951 (divorced); children: Larry, another son. Education: Northwestern University, B.S., drama.

Addresses: Agent Sharp and Associates, 8721 Sunset Blvd., Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 900692272.

Career: Actress and singer.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actress in a musical, 1966, for Pickwick; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, 1969, for Morning, Noon, and Night ; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding single performance by a supporting actress in a comedy or drama special, 1975, for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, 1982, for The Facts of Life; one Obie nomination, three National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards.


Stage Appearances:

(New York debut) Tirsa Shanahan, Three Wishes for Jamie, Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1952.

Mrs. Peacham, Threepenny Opera, Theatre De Lys, New York City, 1954.

Mrs. Juniper, The Golden Apple, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1954.

The Littlest Revue, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1956.

Mammy Yokum, Li'l Abner, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1956.

Molly Brazen, The Beggars Opera, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1957.

Gloria Krumgold, Mrs. Younghusband, Rowena Inchcape, Mrs. Lafacadio Mifflin, The Beauty Part, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Caretaker, The New Tenant, Writers Stage, New York City, 1964.

Madeleine, The Victims of Duty, Writers Stage, 1964.

Mrs. Bardell, Pickwick, Curran Theatre, San Francisco, CA, then 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Hostess Quickly, Henry IV, Part I and Part II, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1968.

Nurse, Romeo and Juliet, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1968.

Gertrude, Morning, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Beryl, Noon, Henry Miller's Theatre, 1968.

Filigree Bones, Night, Henry Miller's Theatre, 1968.

Charlotte Mendelssohn, Dr. Fish, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1970.

Lola, Come Back Little Sheba, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1970.

Mother Sweet, Prettybelle, Shubert Theatre, Boston, MA, 1971.

Tia Maria, Whiskey, St. Clement's Theatre, New York City, 1973.

The Time of the Cuckoo, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1974.

Juno, Heaven Sent, New Las Palmas, Los Angeles, 1978.

Winnie, Happy Days, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 1990.

The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre, New York City, c. 19992003.

The Threepenny Opera, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Berthe, Pippin, Paper Mill Playhouse, NJ, 2000.

70 Girls, 70, York Theater Company, 2000, then El Portal Theater, North Hollywood, CA, 2002.

True West, Los Angeles, 2001.

The Foreigner, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 2002.

The Exonerated, The Culture Project45 Bleecker, New York City, 2002.

Major Tours:

Mrs. Bardell, Pickwick, U.S. cities, 1965.

Film Appearances:

Myrtle Ruth, Hello Down There (also known as Sub ADubDub ), Paramount, 1969.

Bella Star, Jenny, Cinerama, 1970.

Mrs. Mellish, Bananas, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1971.

Ma Murch, The Hot Rock (also known as How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1972.

Mrs. Holt, Sidewinder 1, AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1977.

Cousin Claire, Rabbit Test, AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1978.

A Different Approach, 1978.

Part guest/lady in pink, Hair, United Artists, 1979.

Voice of Aunt Pristine Figg, Tom and Jerry: The Movie (animated), Miramax, 1992.

Fortune teller, Nowhere, Fine Line, 1997.

Herself, Al Lewis: Forever Grandpa (documentary short film), 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Hilda Furman, From These Roots, NBC, 1961.

Sylvia Schnauser, Car 54, Where Are You?, NBC, 19611963.

Molly the Mail Lady, Sesame Street (also known as Les amis de Sesame, Canadian Sesame Street, and Sesame Park ), PBS, 19711972.

Mrs. Bellotti, Hot L Baltimore, ABC, 1975.

Edna Garrett, Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 19781979.

Edna Garrett, The Facts of Life, NBC, 19791986.

Voice of Nanny, 101 Dalmatians: The Series (animated; also known as 101 Dalmatians ), ABC, The Disney Channel, and syndicated, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Helen, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, CBS, 1975.

Bessie, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, NBC, 1979.

The Way They Were, 1981.

Edna Garrett, The Facts of Life Goes to Paris, NBC, 1982.

Miss Cackle, Agatha, The Worst Witch, HBO, 1986.

Save the Dog!, The Disney Channel, 1988.

Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly, CBS, 1999.

Stella, Another Woman's Husband, Lifetime, 2000.

Mrs. Edna Garrett, "The Facts of Life Reunion," The Wonderful World of Disney, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Journey of the Fifth Horse, 1966.

Rosa Wahle, Pinocchio, NBC, 1968.

In Fashion, PBS, 1974.

Mrs. Soames, Our Town, NBC, 1977.

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's AllStar Look at TV's Primetime Wars, NBC, 1980.

Herself, Night of 100 Stars, ABC, 1982.

The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985.

The NBC AllStar Hour, NBC, 1985.

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985.

Mary Tom Chism, "Words by Heart," Wonder Works, PBS, 1985.

NBC's 60th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1986.

MTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998.

Herself, Diff'rent Strokes: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Herself, Facts of Life Girls: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 5, Fox, 2000.

Al Lewis: Forever Grandpa, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Intimate Portrait: Kim Fields, Lifetime, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Mothers and Daughters, Lifetime, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Mrs. Slocombe, Beanes of Boston, 1979.

Lola, Thunder in Paradise, syndicated, 1994.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Ramona, "Two," The United States Steel Hour, ABC, 1954.

"Thirty, Honey, Thirty," Kraft Television Theater, ABC, 1955.

"Stranger on a Plane," Appointment with Adventure, 1955.

"The Miss America Story," The Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1955.

The Ed Sullivan Show, 1956, 1957, 1966.

"Harvey," The DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958.

"The World of Sholom Aleichem," Play of the Week, 1959.

Hazel Atterbury, "Death Wish," Way Out, CBS, 1961.

Miss Berger, "Get Well, Officer Schnauser," Car 54, Where Are You?, NBC, 1961.

Mona Brinkman, "HoldUp!," The DuPont Show of the Week, NBC, 1963.

"Comeback," The Defenders, CBS, 1964.

Dr. Beecher, "You're Only Young Twice," The Partridge Family, ABC, 1972.

"Love and the Clinic," Love, American Style, ABC, 1972.

Aunt Charlotte, "Martha's Last Hurrah," The Paul Lynde Show, 1972.

Aunt Charlotte, "Meet Aunt Charlotte," The Paul Lynde Show, 1972.

Mrs. Drake, "Blues for Sally M," McMillan and Wife, 1972.

Miss Lillian Henderson, "Where's Archie?," All in the Family, CBS, 1974.

Ms. Rogers, "Florida's Big Gig," Good Times, CBS, 1974.

Mrs. Sobel, "The Sniper," Barney Miller, ABC, 1976.

The Rich Little Show, 1976.

Nurse, "Magic," Family, ABC, 1978.

Guest panelist, The Hollywood Squares, NBC, 1980.

Ellen van Bowe, "Pride of the Pacific/The Viking's Son/Separate Vacations/The Experiment/Getting to Know You: Parts1&2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982.

"Prisoner of Love/Youth Takes a Holiday/Don't Leave Home without It," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983.

Edna Garrett, "The Wedding: Part 2," Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 1984.

Milly Brown, "Your Money or Your Wife/Joint Custody/The Temptations," The Love Boat, ABC, 1985.

Proud Mary, "You Again?," St. Elswhere, NBC, 1987.

Nettie Harper, "Doom with a View," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.

Mrs. McDillan (Dylan's mother), "Reunion Blues," 227, NBC, 1989.

Aunt Beverly, "Once in Love with Cecil," Baby Talk, ABC, 1991.

Mrs. Gump, "Twilight Time," Sisters, NBC, 1994.

Mrs. Gump, "A Good Deed," Sisters, NBC, 1995.

Mrs. Gump, "A Proper Farewell," Sisters, NBC, 1995.

Helen, "Burning Bed," Can't Hurry Love, CBS, 1995.

Dave's mother, "Chemistry," The Secret World of Alex Mack, Nickelodeon, 1996.

Estelle, "A Resting Place," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 2000.

The View, ABC, 2001.

"Kim Fields: A Little Somethin' Somethin'," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Also appeared in The New Hollywood Squares, syndicated; as Bea Dichter, Michael Hayes, CBS; Ms. Bommdeyay, The Brothers Flub.

Television Theme Vocalist; Series:

The Facts of Life, NBC, 19791980.


Taped Readings:

Toni Mazzola and Mimi Guten's Wally Koala, 1993.

Sam Shepard's True West, Los Angeles Theatre, 2002.



TV Guide, December 8, 1979.