Collector's Call Web Extras: Remembering the career of Charlotte Rae
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Larry Strauss is the son of the late, great Charlotte Rae. He inherited her personal collection of memorabilia — a collection that chronicles Charlotte's illustrious career in showbiz.
Now, Larry and our host, Lisa Whelchel, who was Charlotte’s longtime friend and colleague, want to share these incredible treasures with the world.
Lisa also has something very special to share with Larry; plus legendary comedian (and fellow Facts of Life star) Geri Jewell stops by to chat, and to shock us with her own remarkable treasure!
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1. Bonus video: Two-Cent Residual Check
Charlotte Rae appeared on an episode of Family, and she has the residual checks to prove it. Well, this one is worth just 2¢. Still, her son, Larry, had to convince her not to cash it, as she was a child of the Great Depression. WATCH NOW
2. Bonus video: Personal Letter from Cloris Leachman in 1946
Fellow Northwestern University alum Cloris Leachman wrote this letter to her "dearest Char," Charlotte Rae in 1946, long before they became television legends. WATCH NOW
3. Bonus video: Charlotte Rae Early Career Headshot and Broadway Poster
This publicity photo dates back to Rae's early 20s. She also appeared in a Broadway production with Bert Lahr, best known as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. WATCH NOW
4. Image gallery: Inside the collection
Take a closer look at Charlotte Rae items from her work on Sesame Street, The Facts of Life and more! SEE MORE
PS my husband's youngest brother was confused by "Nick at Nite" running an ad for Car 54 where the announcer says "when a man could be a man, and a cop could become Herman Munster" (referring, of course, to Fred Gwynne's series after he played Officer Muldoon) and then the head of that character appeared over Muldoon's face. When my young brother-in-law visisted us and got to stay up late to watch Car 54, he kept asking "when's he going to turn into a monster?" Can't really blame him, how was he supposed to know it was just a dumb commercial if he was too young to remember The Munsters?