Charlotte Rae reveals my husband was Gary and he cheated on me. The Facts of Life Star who is now eighty six years old and known for the beloved Mrs. Edna Garret, just before she made it as a big star she endured some real life heartache.
She had wrote in memoir about a shocking confession that her twenty five year marriage to composer John Strauss which ended back in 1975. She reveals just shortly after the couple moved to Los Angles, Strauss, himself revealed that he was gay and had cheated on her.
“First came the shock of what he had done behind my back, then the sting of being deceived for years,” Rae, who wed the Amadeus soundtrack composer in 1950 and bore him two sons, writes (as excerpted on Page Six).
“All I could feel was the betrayal and, worse than that, my shame.”
The admission shattered Rae‘s self image, she admits.
“John‘s secret confirmed my feelings of inferiority . . . That I was less than a woman . . . That I didn’t deserve to be loved and valued.” Strauss passed away in 2011 after a long battle with Parkinson‘s disease.
She had also appeared in Different Strokes and the spinoff series in Facts of Life.