The Tony and Emmy nominated actress appeared on the popular 1980s sitcom "The Facts of Life" for almost 10 years, sharing her personal struggles with the writers for the show to keep things realistic. "I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground", Rae told People Magazine.
Rae added that she wasn't surprised the show continued to be adored by fans. "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life". My mother, sister, and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. However, her big break was on Diff'rent Strokes in 1978. Her character was originally a housekeeper, but her role was expanded when she became the focal point of a spin-off, The Facts of Life. I lost my hair, but I had attractive wigs. "I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I'm grateful for the life I've already had".
After leaving Facts in 1986, replaced by Cloris Leachman for the last two years of the show's run, Rae took a variety of voice and acting roles on shows ranging from the animated 101 Damations: The Series to ER to Girl Meets World.
Rae's role as Mrs. Garrett made her a role model and counselor to many teen girls, as she guided her TV charges through teen issues ranging from dating to alcohol.
In 2014, the cast including Mindy Cohn, Geri Jewell, Lisa Whelchel and Nancy McKeon all got back together for a 35-year reunion.
Kim Fields, who portrayed Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the hit sitcom, was one of the first to express her grief, writing on Twitter, "You all already know my heart is heavy yet.... sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles...." She had two sons, Larry and Andrew, with her ex-husband, John Strauss, who she divorced in 1976 after he came out as bi-sexual.
In an interview with HuffPost in 2016, Rae said she never got exhausted of hearing people yell "Mrs. Garrett!" whenever they saw her.