Bonnie Franklin, the actress who starred in the television comedy show, “One Day at a Time”, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at home due to complications from pancreatic cancer. According to news reports from SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicle) and USA Today on March 1, the actress was diagnosed with cancer in September. She was only 69 years old.
Franklin was a petite redhead known best for her role as the divorced mother, Ann Romano. In the comedy sitcom it co-starred (Barbara) Valerie Bertinelli and (Julie) Mackenzie Phillips played her daughters through nice CBS seasons that ran from 1975 to 1984.
Bonnie Franklin played many other roles in her career. Some of the guest spots she is remembered appearing on were: “The Munsters”, ”Applause”, “Gidget”, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”, “The Young and the Restless” and “Hot in Cleveland”.
Franklin was a mother, grandmother, daughter and sister as well as a friend to many. Her work as an activist for AIDS care and research and the Stroke Association of Southern California just touch the surface for all the ways she gave back to the communities through charities.
We will always remember her bubbly personality, her role in “One Day at a Time” which broke the ground for many young divorced women seeking independence and trying to make it on their own while recovering from bad marriages.
There will be a private memorial service held sometime next week.
Fans will miss Bonnie Franklin, another celebrity actress that has passed on way too young.
Do you remember watching this sitcom?
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