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Charlotte Rae Dies; Facts of Life Star Was 92

Charlotte Rae, the star of two classic and beloved sitcoms, died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles.

She was 92 years old.

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The veteran actress revealed in April of 2017 that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer, telling People Magazine at the time:

“About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – which is a miracle that they found it because usually it’s too late. My mother, sister and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer.

“After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew.”

She added at the time:

“Nobody ever knew. So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. I’m not in any pain right now. I’m feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground.

“Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.”

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Rae rose to television fame as Mrs. Garrett (affectionately known as “Mrs. G”) on Diff’rent Strokes, the wise and kind house keeper for Mr. Drummond.

She then played this same role on Facts of Life, which ran from 1979 through 1988.

There’s actually be talk of late of revising this series, which focuses on Mrs. Garrett serving as the caretaker for quartet of students at Eastland School for Young Women.

Rae was born in Milwaukee and got her start in the entertainment industry via the theater and radio.

She first starred on the small screen as Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of Al Lewis’ Officer Leo Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You?.

Despite her two Tony Award nominations and single Emmy Award nominations, it wasn’t until legendary producer Norman Lear cast Rae in Diff’rent Strokes that her career took off.

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Rae proceeded to o guest star on programs such as ER, Pretty Little Liars, Sisters, and The King of Queens, while appearing in films such as Don’t Mess with the Zohan and Tom and Jerry: The Movie.

Her final regular gig was voicing “Nanny” in the animated 101 Dalmations: The Series, which aired from 1997-98.

In 2011, The Facts of Life cast reunited for the TV Land Awards, where Rae took home the Pop Icon award.

In 2015, Rae released a memoir titled The Facts of My Life, which documented her 44 years of sobriety, along with the discovery that that her husband, John Strauss, was bisexual.

Tweeted Todd Bridges, who starred on Diff’rent Strokes as Willis, one of the two kids Mrs. G helped raise:

Different Strokes would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae. You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you “My heart is full of Pain” Rest in peace my friend.

He added the following as a tribute:

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“I love life. I’ve had a wonderful one already,” said Rae 18 months ago after confirming her second cancer diagnosis.

“At 91, every day is a birthday. [In my book] I want to tell everybody to celebrate every day, to savor the day and be good to yourself, love yourself, and then you can be good to others and be of service to others.”

This amazing life has now come to an end.

May Charlotte Rae rest in peace.

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Princess Charlotte Kisses Prince Louis and the Internet Collectively Melts

Simply put, photographs may not get any more adorable than this.

On Saturday afternoon, Prince William and Kate Middleton surprised their many millions of fans by sharing two new photos of their precious new bundle of joy.

In the first image, Prince Louis is being cradled and kissed by big sister Charlotte and the resulting image is nearly too cute to handle:

Right?!?!?!?!?!

Little Louis, of course, came into the world on April 23.

Following months of excitement and even speculation that Middleton was pregnant with twins, the Royal Couple announced on a Monday morning that Charlotte and Prince George now have a brother.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101 hrs,” read the official Kensington Palace statement at the time.

It then added two key pieces of information:

“The baby weighs 8 lbs 7 oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.”

Louis was born in Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London – where the couple’s other kids were also born – and is dressed in all white for his pair of new photos.

In the one below, Louis is on his own, giving social media users their first true and clear glimpse and his angelic face:

This second photo was reportedly snapped on April 26, when Louis was just three days old.

(And on which Charlotte turned three years old.)

In the past, William and Kate waited about a month before dropping similar professional pictures on the world of their children.

“Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank members of the public for all of the kind messages they have received following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday,” Kensington Palace announced this week.

Back in early June of 2015, Kate and William unveiled this snapshot of George and Charlotte in a similar pose.

Seriously, do these two know how to make beautiful babies or what?!?

In a brief statement to the media shortly after his second son was born, William said Louis is sleeping about as strongly as one could expect and that his mother was doing pretty “well.”

We’re so very glad to hear it.

Along other Royal lines, we recently learned that Pippa Middleton is also pregnant; while Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19.

It is unlikely that we will see Prince Louis in public until his christening, however.

Kensington Palace has confirmed that the newborn royal will not be attending the royal wedding.”

Still: Wow, huh?

Talk about crazy and exciting times for all involved.

We wish the very, VERY best to Kate, William and their three kids.

“I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three. I’m going to be permanently tired,” William has said prior to Louis’ birth, echoing the sentiments of nearly every parent out there.

But if anyone can do it, we think he and Kate can pull this off.

And if they ever need babysitting help… hey, we’re just a phone call away!

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Princess Charlotte Starts Preschool, Poses for Cutest Photos EVER

The world may be anxiously awaiting the birth of Kate Middleton’s third child, but we’d like to take a moment and pay tribute to her second child.

Not because there’s anything wrong with Princess Charlotte, of course.

But because there’s so much right with the two-year old.

Namely, she is REALLY cute!

On Monday morning, the toddler started her run at Willcocks Nursery School, which is situated next door to London’s Royal Albert Hall and which is very close to her family’s Kensington Palace home.

In recognition of the life milestone, the Royal Family unveiled two new portraits of Charlotte, who turns three years old on May 2.

And, in a fun little twist, both were snapped by Middleton herself!

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning,” said a Palace spokesman along with the snapshots, adding:

“The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School.”

Seriously, Kate, it’s not enough for you to be beautiful, fashionable, and, by all accounts, charitable and kind?

You must be an ace photographer as well?!?

Charlotte posed for the very cute photos on the steps outside her Kensington Palace residence, holding on to a railing in the picture immediately above.

The tiny Royal donned a $ 150 burgundy Razorbil wool coat by Amaia and paired  itwith stone-colored tights, red shoes and a matching red bow.

She carried a pink backpack by Cath Kidston.

Saying of Charlotte’s famous parents, an insider told People Magazine:

“They chose [this school] because they thought it would be an ideal first step for Charlotte’s education and they were impressed by the team who work there.”

Makes sense. That’s basically why any parents would choose any school.

Charlotte’s older brother, Prince George, started nursery school at the same age as Charlotte, back in in January of 2016.

(He’s now four years old. How crazy is that?!?)

George attended a Montessori school just a short drive from the family’s country house, Anmer Hall.

He began his educational life on a part-time basis, however, while Charlotte will be attending full time. She’s clearly serious about school already.

This is all very exciting, of course. And we wish Charlotte the best.

But the real exciting news for her parents is that they are about to become parents again!

She’s due in April and may be having twins, which, if true, would more or less cause the Internet to explode.

And right after Kate gives birth, Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle.

Indeed, it’s a very busy time for members of the Royal Family.

Be sure to bookmark The Hollywood Gossip in order to be kept apprised of all their movements, marriages, births and more!

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