Actress Charlotte Rae tells ‘The Facts of My Life’ in memoir

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In “The Facts of Life,” Charlotte Rae played the unflappable Mrs. Garrett, a girls’ school housemother who smoothly guided her charges through crises and comedy. Rae says she implored the TV show’s producers to let her character “lose her temper, yell at the kids. Let her be a human being.” They declined. But as Rae, 89, recounts in her new autobiography, her own life bore little resemblance to the sitcom-grade serenity of Edna Garrett’s, instead marked by challenges that included son Andy’s autism and her husband’s…

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