Bonnie Franklin, who played the cool, hip divorced mom to two, teenage girls on the hit 70;s sitcom, 'One Day at a Time', has died at the age of 69.
She passed away Friday at her home family members said, due to complications of pancreatic cancer. Bonnie was diagnosed with the disease in September.
Franklin, the fiery, spunky redhead, was a stage and television performer when she got the role that made her a star in 1975.
Playing mom, Ann Romano, a single divorced mother to two, teenage girls, Mackenzie Phillips, and Valarie Bertinelli, who was looking to find her her own way in life after dealing with a trying marriage.
The show was groundbreaking in it's own right for bringing a divorced mother into the limelight, which was not the norm in that day and age.
One Day at a Time also was one of the few sitcoms that dealt with many other taboo issues such as premarital sex, drugs, and birth control. Something that developer Norman Lear was known for in his television shows that included, All in the Family, Good Times, and One Day at a Time.
The show lasted until 1984 and was one of the top shows for seven seasons.
Bonnie was also known for her work on TV and on stage, appearing in Gidget, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and she won a Tony Award nomination for her role in Broadway's, "Applause".
She recently starred with Betty White and reunited with Bertinelli when she appeared on White's TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland.
Bonnie was married to TV producer Marvin Minoff for 29 years, he died in 2009. Franklin had no children.
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