One Day at a Time Star Bonnie Franklin Dies at 69
Bonnie Franklin, best known for her work on One Day at a Time, died at her home in Los Angeles on Friday, The Hollywood Reporter reports. She was 69.
Franklin had been battling pancreatic cancer. Her family announced the diagnosis in September and said the actress was undergoing treatment.
Her performance as Ann Romano, a single mother raising two daughters, on the Normal Lear sitcom earned Franklin one Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations over the CBS series' run from December 1975 to May 1984. The series co-starred Mackenzie Phillips, Valerie Bertinelli and Pat Harrington Jr.
One Day at a Time helped redefine the sitcom genre with its blend of drama and comedy, and its focus on controversial topics, including suicide and birth control. Franklin became a hero to many viewers. "As soon as we went on the air we started receiving a lot of letters," Franklin said of the sitcom's success. "The letters were saying, 'This is my life. This is what I'm going through. This is what my mother is like.' And so we pretty quickly got the idea that we were touching something."
In addition to One Day at a Time, Franklin also earned a Tony nomination for Applause, a musical version of All About Eve co-starring Lauren Bacall and Len Cariou. Her other television credits include Gidget, Don't Eat the Daisies, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Munsters and Love Boat. Recently, she reunited with her One Day co-star Bertinelli on Hot in Cleveland and did a guest appearance on The Young and the Restless.
Born Jan. 6, 1944, in Santa Monica, Calif., Franklin got her start in acting early. At only 9 years old, she appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour before landing a small role in Afred Hitchock's The Wrong Man a few years later.
Until his death in 2009, Franklin was married to her second husband, producer Marvin Minoff, for 29 years. The couple met on the set of Portrait of a Rebel: The Remakrable Mrs. Sanger in 1980. She had no children.