Charlotte Rae – Then

Charlotte played the role of the famous Mrs. Garrett, the housekeeper and caretaker of the girls under her wing at Eastland prep school. The first season had seven girls, while as of season two Mrs. Garrett would look after four of them.

The role of Mrs. Garrett would evolve over the seasons and grow in depth and dimension. She began as just a caretaker but went on to be the school’s dietitian and a businesswoman, all the while she tended to the girls and their issues as well. Mrs.Garrett was calm, reasonable and kind, but also tough and educational when it was needed.