SHERMAN OAKS—Mitzi Hoag, 86, one of the stars of the TV series “The Facts of Life” died at her home on Tuesday, February 25.

Originally named Margaret Myrtle Hoag on September 25, 1932, Hoag graduated from Shimer College in Mount Carroll, Illinois at the age of 19. She attended graduate school in Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, OH.

She later moved to New York and starred in a Broadway production of James Forsyth’s “Heloise” after studying at the Actors Studio. She played a nurse in “Tammy and the Doctor” in 1963 upon her arrival in Los Angeles, and later appears in “The Trip” in 1967. She grew to fame for her role on the sitcom “The Facts of Life.”

She also starred in other TV shows including the pilot episode of “Hawaii Five-O” in 1968. She also appeared on the shows “That Girl,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Partridge Family,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Police Woman,” “The Rockford Files,” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.”

Hoag leaves behind her husband of 47 years, her daughter, and two grandsons.