Charlotte Rae Biography (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. Addresses: Agent: Sharp and Associates, 8721 Sunset Blvd., Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90069-2272.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer
Birth Details
April 22, 1926
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • 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 YorkCity, 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. 1999-2003
  • 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 Project-45 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-A-Dub-Dub), Paramount, 1969
  • Bella Star, Jenny, Cinerama, 1970
  • Mrs. Mellish, Bananas, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1971
  • Ma Murch, The Hot Rock (also known as How to Steal a Diamond inFour Uneasy Lessons), Twentieth Century-Fox, 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, 1961-1963
  • Molly the Mail Lady, Sesame Street (also known as Les amis de Sesame, Canadian Sesame Street, and Sesame Park), PBS, 1971-1972
  • Mrs. Bellotti, Hot L Baltimore, ABC, 1975
  • Edna Garrett, Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 1978-1979
  • Edna Garrett, The Facts of Life, NBC, 1979-1986
  • Voice of Nanny, 101 Dalmatians: The Series (animated; also known as 101 Dalmatians), ABC, The Disney Channel, and syndicated, 1997
  • 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 ofDisney, 2001
  • 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 All-Star 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 All-Star 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
  • Pilots
  • Mrs. Slocombe, Beanes of Boston, 1979
  • Lola, Thunder in Paradise, syndicated, 1994
  • 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, "Hold-Up!," 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: Parts 1 & 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, 1979-1980
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • Toni Mazzola and Mimi Guten's Wally Koala, 1993
  • Sam Shepard's True West, Los Angeles Theatre, 2002

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • TV Guide, December 8, 1979

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