Valerie Bertinelli, who played Barbara Cooper on “One Day at a Time,” which aired from 1975 until 1984, said her “heart is breaking” after hearing the news of Franklin’s passing.
Bertinelli said that Bonnie Franklin had always been one of “the most important women” in her life and that Franklin was “like a second mother” to her.
“She [Bonnie Franklin] taught me how to navigate the business and life itself with grace and humor and to always be true to yourself. I will miss her terribly.”
Franklin, who began her career at nine-years-old on the “Colgate Comedy Hour,” landed the breakthrough role as Ann Romano in “One Day at a Time” in 1975. She portrayed a recently divorced mother of two teenage girls who moved to Indianapolis to begin a new life. “One Day at a Time” also starred Mackenzie Phillips as Julie Cooper and Pat Harrington, Jr. as Dwayne F. Schneider, the building “super” where Ann [Franklin] lived with Julie [Phillips] and Barbara [Bertinelli].
Franklin had guest appearances on "Hot In Cleveland" and "The Young and the Restless" as recently as last year.
Bonnie Franklin was married for 29 years to producer Marvin Minoff until his death in 2009. Franklin died Friday in her home surrounded by her children, grandchildren and friends.