Actress who won fame as a divorced mom on the long-running sitcom “One Day at a Time,” has died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Bonnie Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2012.
Franklin, the pert redhead, was a veteran stage and television performer before “One Day At a Time” made her a star. Franklin made her Broadway debut in “Applause”, which earned her a Tony nomination. She also earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. It premiered on CBS in December 1975, just five years after the network had balked at having Mary Tyler Moore play a divorcee on her own comedy series, insisting that newly single Mary Richards be portrayed as having ended her engagement instead. The series ran on CBS for nine seasons, spending most of them as a Top 20 hit.
Franklin’s recent credits include appearances on “The Young and the Restless” and the TV Land comedy “Hot in Cleveland,” which reunited her with Bertinelli, one of that show’s regulars.
On her own in Indianapolis, Ann Romano was raising two teenage girls (played by Mackenzie Phillips, already famous for the film “American Graffiti,” and a previously unknown Valerie Bertinelli). In 1980, Franklin married producer Marvin Minoff and the couple were together until his death in 2009.
A private memorial for Franklin will be held next week. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Classic and Contemporary American Plays, the non-profit organization she founded with her sister, Judy Bush.
Bonnie Gail Franklin (January 6, 1944 – March 1, 2013) was an American actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time. Franklin was born in Santa Monica, California. Her family moved to Beverly Hills when she was thirteen and she graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1961. She attended Smith College, performing in an Amherst College production of Good News as a freshman. She moved back to California to attend UCLA.
On September 24, 2012, a family spokesman announced that Franklin had pancreatic cancer, and was undergoing treatment. Franklin died on March 1, 2013 at her home in Los Angeles due to complications from pancreatic cancer.