She starred in films including "Bananas," "Hello Down There," "Jenny," "The Hot Rock," "Hair," "Don't Mess With the Zohan," "Love Sick Love" and "Ricki and the Flash."
Rae released a memoir in 2015 titled "The Facts of My Life" which discussed her struggle with discovering that her husband at the time, John Strauss, was bisexual.
Rae is survived by her son Larry Strauss and his wife, sister Miriam and grandchildren Sean, Carly and Nora.
Her first son Andrew Strauss died in 1999.
"You all already know my heart is heavy yet.... sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles.... #charlotterae #ripcharlotterae," "The Facts of Life" star Kim Fields said on Twitter.
"It's with a heavy heart & lots of tears (but a smile as i think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being in it. she was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live an actor's life. i love you char. i will continue to make you proud. and, as I send sympathies to larry and the rest of the family, I wish you the happiest of homecomings," "The Facts of Life" star Mindy Cohn said on Instagram alongside a photo of herself with Rae.
"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," "Diff'rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges said on Twitter.
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