Franklin began her career at age 9 on the “Colgate Comedy Hour”. In 1970 she received a ‘Tony’ nomination for “Applause.”
She had guest roles on several television shows, but found fame as Ann Romano, the mother of two teenage daughters, played by Mackenzie Phillips, and Valerie Bertinelli. Pat Harrington completed the cast as the wise-cracking building superintendent.
The program combined humor with social issues including teen pregnancy. She was nominated for an Emmy, and two Golden Globes for her role as a struggling single mother of two. The series ran from 1975 to 1984.
She married producer Marvin Minoff, and they were together for 29 years until his death in November 2009.
Franklin later traveled with her own cabaret show and worked extensively in regional and educational theatre, founding the nonprofit Classic and Contemporary American Plays, which aims to introduce and implement great American plays into inner city schools’ curriculum.
In 2011 she reunited with Valerie Bertinelli for a guest appearance on “Hot in Cleveland.”
Columnist-The Guardian Express