‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae opens up about alcoholism


Charlotte Rae drank enough to put her to sleep each night.

The “Facts of Life” star opened up about her battle with alcoholism that began in college and lasted until her 40s.

“Alcohol became my drug of choice so I could get sleep at night,” the 90-year-old actress told Fox News. “It was difficult. I was doing ‘Sesame Street’ (from 1971-72) as Molly the Mail Lady and I had to get to sleep so I could get up for the kids and do the TV show Monday-Friday.”

Her eldest son, Andrew, was born autistic and with a mental disability, which she said only exasperated her drinking problem.

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“Alcohol became my drug of choice,” the 90-year-old actress said.

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“After the wrap party for ‘Sesame Street,’ I went over to a meeting,” she said.

“I was expecting to see a bunch of bums with red noses and burlap flying around. No — I saw a lot of well dressed, beautiful people. At the end of the meeting, we all held hands and said the Lord’s prayer. And I wept. That was the beginning of my sobriety. I’m now 42 years sober.”

Rae has worked steadily since then, most recently in guest appearances in “Pretty Little Liars” and “Girl Meets World” and a role in Meryl Streep’s “Ricki and the Flash.”

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