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Charlotte Rae

This Milwaukee native was born in 1926, where she was raised on a farm, with her two sisters (Beverly, Mimi), with Charlotte being the second of her three. Rae wanted to be a dramatic actress, but eventually wound up being a comedienne, all because of her stand-up comedy routines. After graduating from high school, she attended Northwestern ... See full bio »
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 2015 Ricki and the Flash
 2014 Girl Meets World (TV Series)
Gammy Hart
- Girl Meets World: Of Terror (2014) ... Gammy Hart
 2012 Love Sick Love
 2011 Pretty Little Liars (TV Series)
Bead Boutique Owner
- If at First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again (2011) ... Bead Boutique Owner
 2010 Red Dead Redemption (Video Game)
Pedestrian / Background Character (voice)
 2009 Life (TV Series)
Mary Ford
- I Heart Mom (2009) ... Mary Ford
 2005 The King of Queens (TV Series)
- Vocal Discord (2005) ... Betty
 2004 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
- Fractured (2004) ... Maude
 2000 The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! (Video)
Mrs. Caruthers (voice)
 2000 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
- A Resting Place (2000) ... Estelle
 2000 Another Woman's Husband (TV Movie)
 1999 Cry Rape (TV Movie)
 1997 Nowhere
Fortune Teller
 1996 The Secret World of Alex Mack (TV Series)
Dave's Mother
- Chemistry (1996) ... Dave's Mother
 1995 Can't Hurry Love (TV Series)
- Burning Bed (1995) ... Helen
 1994-1995 Sisters (TV Series)
Mrs. Gump
- A Proper Farewell (1995) ... Mrs. Gump
- A Good Deed (1995) ... Mrs. Gump
- Twilight Time (1994) ... Mrs. Gump
 1994 Thunder in Paradise (TV Series)
- Thunder in Paradise: Part Two (1994) ... Lola
- Thunder in Paradise: Part One (1994) ... Lola
 1994 The Itsy Bitsy Spider (TV Series)
- Spider Sense (1994) ... Adrienne (voice)
 1992 Tom and Jerry: The Movie
Aunt Pristine Figg (voice)
 1991 Baby Talk (TV Series)
Aunt Beverly
- Once in Love with Cecil (1991) ... Aunt Beverly
 1989 227 (TV Series)
Millie McMillan
- Reunion Blues (1989) ... Millie McMillan
 1988 Save the Dog! (TV Movie)
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Nettie Harper
- Doom with a View (1987) ... Nettie Harper
 1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Proud Mary
- You Again? (1987) ... Proud Mary
 1986 Noah's Ark (Video short)
Noah's Wife (voice)
 1985 Words by Heart (TV Movie)
Mary Tom Chism
 1978-1984 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Edna Garrett
- The Wedding (1984) ... Edna Garrett
- The Election (1980) ... Edna Garrett (credit only)
- The Dog Story (1979) ... Edna Garrett (credit only)
- Hot Watch (1979) ... Edna Garrett (credit only)
- The Rivals (1979) ... Edna Garrett
 1979 Hello, Larry (TV Series)
Edna Garrett
- Thanksgiving Crossover: Part 2 (1979) ... Edna Garrett (credit only)
- Feudin' and Fussin': Part 2 (1979) ... Edna Garrett (credit only)
 1979 Beanes of Boston (TV Movie)
Mae Slocombe
 1979 The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (TV Movie)
 1979 Flying High (TV Series)
- Fun Flight (1979) ... Woman
 1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series)
- Dirge for a Dead Dachshund (1978) ... Polly
 1978 Family (TV Series)
Nurse Rondo
- Magic (1978) ... Nurse Rondo
 1978 Rabbit Test
Cousin Claire
 1978 Szysznyk (TV Series)
Mrs. Dinsmore
- Hell on Wheels (1978) ... Mrs. Dinsmore
 1977 Sidewinder 1
Mrs. Holt
 1977 Our Town (TV Movie)
Mrs. Soames
 1976 All's Fair (TV Series)
- True Confessions (1976) ... Madge
 1976 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Mrs. Rebecca Sobel
- The Sniper (1976) ... Mrs. Rebecca Sobel
 1975 Phyllis (TV Series)
- So Lonely I Could Cry (1975) ... Shirley
 1975 Hot L Baltimore (TV Series)
Mrs. Bellotti
- Ainsley's Secret (1975) ... Mrs. Bellotti
- Suzy's Problem (1975) ... Mrs. Bellotti
- Ainsley Loves April (1975) ... Mrs. Bellotti
- Historic L Baltimore (1975) ... Mrs. Bellotti
- Bingham's Con (1975) ... Mrs. Bellotti
 1975 Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (TV Movie)
 1974 Good Times (TV Series)
Ms. Rogers
- Florida's Big Gig (1974) ... Ms. Rogers
 1974 All in the Family (TV Series)
Lillian Henderson
- Where's Archie? (1974) ... Lillian Henderson
 1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
Madame Aigreville
- In Fashion (1974) ... Madame Aigreville
 1972 The Paul Lynde Show (TV Series)
Aunt Charlotte / Charlotte
- Martha's Last Hurrah (1972) ... Aunt Charlotte
- Meet Aunt Charlotte (1972) ... Charlotte
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Edna Albertson (segment "Love and the Clinic")
 1972 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Mrs. Drake
- Blues for Sally M. (1972) ... Mrs. Drake
 1972 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Dr. Beecher
- You're Only Young Twice (1972) ... Dr. Beecher
 1972 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Moscowitz
- The Appointment (1972) ... Mrs. Moscowitz
 1972 The Hot Rock
Ma Murch
 1971 Bananas
Mrs. Mellish
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series) (segment "Foul!")
- Foul!/Actor's Choice (1970) ... (segment "Foul!")
 1970 Jenny
Bella Star
 1966-1969 New York Television Theatre (TV Series) (segment: "The Immovable Gordons")
- Foul! (1969)
- Apple Pie (1968)
- The Immovable Gordons/The Movers (1966) ... (segment: "The Immovable Gordons")
 1969 Hello Down There
Myrtle Ruth
 1968 Pinocchio (TV Movie)
Rosa Whale
 1966 The Journey of the Fifth Horse (TV Movie)
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Mrs. Abeles
- Comeback (1964) ... Mrs. Abeles
 1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Mona Brinkman
- Hold-Up! (1963) ... Mona Brinkman
 1963 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
 1961 'Way Out (TV Series)
Hazel Atterbury
- Death Wish (1961) ... Hazel Atterbury
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The Angel Rochele
- World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) ... The Angel Rochele
 1959 The World of Sholom Aleichem (TV Movie)
 1955-1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Flossie / Mrs. Whitney
- Bilko and the Medium (1958) ... Flossie
- The Twitch (1955) ... Mrs. Whitney
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Myrtle May
- Harvey (1958) ... Myrtle May
 1958 From These Roots (TV Series)
Hilda Furman (1961)
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
- Stranger on a Plane (1955) ... Beverly
 1955 NBC Television Opera Theatre (TV Series)
- The Would-Be Gentleman (1955) ... Mariella
 1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Ogburn / Party Snob
- Fred Allen's Sketchbook (1954) ... Mrs. Ogburn / Party Snob
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Two (1954) ... Ramona
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Stage Play: Li'l Abner. Musical comedy. Book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank. Based on cartoon characters by Al Capp. Music by Gene de Paul. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Musical Direction and Continuity: Lehman Engel. Vocals by Lehman Engel. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang. Ballet Music Arranged by Genevieve Pitot. Assistant to Mr. ... See more »

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[As to how she was hired by Norman Lear to play Edna Garrett]: I got involved with 'Diff'rent Strokes,' because of Norman Lear. When I was in New York ginally], I did a lot of things and one of the things was 'The Colgate Comedy Hour,' and he was one of the producers and writers of it. So, when I came out to California [after many years in New York with my family], they were very, very wonderful,... See more »


She was the narrator and singer for the children's books series, Wally Kola. Her sister Mimi Guten, wrote the music for the book written by Mimi's long time music partner Toni Mazzola. See more »


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