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Stars We've Lost In 2018

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2018 has been a tough year for Hollywood.

Just this weekend we lost TV icon Charlotte Rae after a long battle with cancer. The Facts Of Life star was 92 years old.

We've also lost several celebs long before their time. See the heartbreaking in memoriam (below):

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Facts Of Life & Diff'rent Strokes Star Charlotte Rae Dead At 92

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Charlotte Rae, best known for playing Mrs. Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, has died at 92 years old.

Reps for the Emmy nominated actress confirmed she passed away Sunday in her Los Angeles home, according to reports.

A cause of death has yet to be reported, but the sitcom veteran revealed in April 2017 that she was battling bone cancer.

Related: Leonardo DiCaprio Is Rebooting Facts Of Life

Her most popular role was playing the Drummond family's housekeeper, Edna Garrett, on Diff'rent Strokes. The character was so popular with fans, Rae later landed her own spinoff with Facts of Life, where she played the same character running an all-girls boarding school.

Some of the Facts of Life cast took to social media to pay tribute to their former onscreen house mother, including Mindy Cohn, Lisa Whelchel, and former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Fields.

Read their heartbreaking posts (below).

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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Rebooting The Facts Of Life!

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The latest TV reboot is a rather unexpected one — from an even more unexpected source!

The Hollywood Reporter reports Sony Television is in early talks to reboot '80s classic The Facts Of Life!

The multi-cam sitcom, about an all girls boarding school in NYC, was a big hit on NBC back in the day, airing for 9 seasons from 1979 to 1988.

Related: Mindy Cohn Reveals She's Finally Cancer Free After 5-Year Battle

Innerestingly, the show will be brought back by exec producers Leonardo DiCaprio through his company Appian Way and Jessica Biel through Ocean Films.

Considering the show calls for a diverse, female-led cast, it actually seems like a no-brainer to bring back with a fresh cast for 2018. Or rather 2019, considering Sony still hasn't found a network to sell to OR a writer to recreate the magic.

Maybe Leo just knows a good idea when he sees one… or maybe, considering he didn't join the cast of Growing Pains until 1991, he always secretly cursed that he missed out on guest-starring on the classic sitcom!

OK, probably not. LOLz!

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Facts Of Life Star Mindy Cohn Reveals She's Finally Cancer Free After 5-Year Battle & Double Mastectomy

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Mindy Cohn is a survivor!

After keeping her battle with breast cancer a secret for five years, the Facts Of Life star is finally healthy — and that she's not staying quiet about!

Photos: The Facts Of Life Cast's 35th Anniversary Reunion Brings Back All Your Favorite Memories!

The 51-year-old tells People it all started with a sudden fatigue in 2012:

"I was walking around my neighborhood in Los Angeles and I suddenly got so tired. I just couldn't go anymore. This was before Uber was really a thing, so I texted my friend Helen Hunt and said, ‘Something's wrong with me. I need help.'"

So scary! Sadly, the diagnosis was breast cancer, and the treatments — radiation, chemo, and a double mastectomy — were like fighting back a "siege." Mindy recalls:

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The Facts Of Life Star Charlotte Rae Facing Cancer For The Second Time At Age 91 — Read Her Inspirational Words!

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This is so sad — but her attitude is absolutely awe-inspiring!

Charlotte Rae, who played Edna Garrett first on Diff'rent Strokes and then for seven years on The Facts of Life, has just been diagnosed for the second time with cancer.

Related: Hugh Jackman Just Had Skin Cancer For The Sixth Time

In an interview with People, the beloved comedienne revealed the awful news:

"Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer. 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."

But Charlotte hasn't let illness cost her the pep in her step. She's facing this new challenge bravely and openly. She explains:

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Kim Fields Explains Her Decision To Go From 'Real TV' To Real Housewives Of Atlanta! Can Wendy Williams Dig Up Any Dirt??

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This actually makes a lot of sense.

We were pleasantly surprised — yet worried for her sanity – when we first heard that none other than Kim Fields would be joining Real Housewives of Atlanta this season.

While Bravo has had established actresses like Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson join their casts before, the Facts of Life and Living Single star is a full-on icon, so we were left wondering why she decided to join the ranks of reality TV.

Related: NeNe Leakes Is Returning To RHOA… But For How Long?

Luckily, Wendy Williams was there to ask the tough questions, because on Thursday's Wendy, she put Kim in the hot seat about abandoning "real" TV for reality television.

Kim was quick to point out that as a celebrity, she's already done all the acting she wants to do and that just hanging out with a group of girlfriends is the bigger adventure for her!

Ch-ch-check out Kim's decision to join the Bravo franchise before RHOA's premiere this Sunday at 8 p.m. EST (below)!!!

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Real Housewives Of Atlanta Season 8 Is Filled With Divorce Drama, Pregnancy, & Tootie — Watch The First Trailer HERE!

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We're just over a month away!

After learning that NeNe Leakes would be leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta, we knew it wouldn't be the same — but that doesn't mean it wouldn't still be wild!

In the new trailer for RHOA, newcomer and former child star Kim Fields (Tootie from Facts Of Life!) is learning the ropes and getting to know her costars.

Related: Kim Zolciak's Doctors Apparently Discovered A Life-Threatening Heart Condition Due To Her Stoke!

There's definitely a lot to learn as they search for love and deal with rumors about their marriages and divorce — and Kandi Burruss does her best to deal with her pregnancy and career!

Ch-ch-check out the wild and crazy trailer (below) for the eighth season of RHOA premiering November 8 at 8pm ET on Bravo!

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