In an interview with HuffPost in 2016, Rae said she never got exhausted of hearing people yell "Mrs. Garrett!" whenever they saw her. 7 years earlier, she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
As Edna Garrett, the witty housekeeper from "Diff'rent Strokes", Rae managed to steal the hearts of millions - so much, in fact, that she later earned her own spinoff.
"The Facts of Life" starred Rae as a house mother to a group of teenage girls, and made Rae a household name.
As successful as she was on TV, Rae was also an accomplished stage actress, creating the role of Mammy Yokum in "Li'l Abner" (1956) and nabbing Tony nominations for "Pickwick" (1965) and "Morning, Noon and Night" (1968).
Rae remained active on TV throughout the 80s and 90s, and appeared in some more recent movies, including You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008), Love Sick Love (2012) and Ricki and the Flash (2015).
"So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind".
She added: 'I love life.
As news of her death spread, her famous friends grieved along with her fans. She revisited it in the TV movie "The Facts of Life Reunion" (2001).
In 1961 she became a semi-regular on the New York-based cop sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?" as the wife of the NYPD officer played by future "Munsters" grandpa Al Lewis.
For almost a decade, she was the wise housemother of four girls at a boarding school, and to millions more watching their televisions, on the hit series, The Facts of Life.