Thursday, May 30, 2024

MacKenzie Astin, One of Patty Duke’s Actor Sons, Posts Touching Tribute to Charlotte Rae: “She was squishy”


Mackenzie Astin, the acting brother of Sean and son of John Astin and Patty Duke, has posted this lovely remembrance of Charlotte Rae. He was 10 years old when he appeared on 21 episodes of “The Facts of Life.” He remembers her as being “squishy. Good squishy. Cookie dough squishy. It was comfortable in that embrace. Safe.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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