Bonnie Franklin has died. The 69-year-old, 5-foot-3 redhead was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was undergoing treatment, reports The Hollywood Reporter on Mar. 1. Although Franklin was a cabaret performer, a stage actor and had roles in "Gidget," "Please Don’t Eat the Daisies," and more, Franklin is best known for role as Ann Romano in the TV series "One Day at a Time" that ran from 1975 to 1984. "As soon as we went on the air we started receiving a lot of letters," Franklin once said. "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."
Franklin touched the lives of many, particularly single moms, who watched her on "One Day at a Time." She appeared in the show as a single mother to Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips who played her daughters. Some fans who watched the show probably considered her a second mom to them, as well. What are some fans tweeting about the late actress? (Tweets appear as posted.)
"Grew up watching her RIP." - Loni Love
"Bonnie Franklin's char in One Day at a Time was a fore-mother of the passionate, irritating, complex, lovable female characters today. RIP." - Mike White
"RIP Bonnie Franklin. You had to be there in "ODATaTime" era to really appreciate what she did for the image of working moms. We owe her." - Cythia Littleton
"This is bumming me out more than I'd have thought." - Harlen Coben
"RIP Bonnie Franklin, you reminded me greatly of my mom. She joked we were original OneDayAtATime family" - Tracey Kent
"Sad to hear of Bonnie Franklin's passing. Always remembered being shocked as a kid hearing her curse on "One Day at a Time" #DamnCancer." - Trey Miller
"#RIP Bonnie Franklin. If you were a kid from a single-parent home in the '70s, U could probably relate to her show." - Randy Cordova
"I was raised by a single mom, and Bonnie Franklin did so much for them. She's gone way too soon. Thank you, Ms. Romano." - Joe Adalian
How has Bonnie Franklin's death touched you? Did you watch "One Day at a Time"?
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