Actress Bonnie Franklin, who the New York Times reported died Friday at 69, was celebrated Friday by Valerie Bertinelli, who played daughter Barbara on "One Day at a Time" with Franklin. The actress issued a statement Friday on her website saying she was heartbroken over her death.
"My heart is breaking. Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me. The years on 'One Day At A Time' were some of the happiest of my life, and along with Pat and Mackenzie, we were a family in every way. She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself. I will miss her terribly."
Franklin began her acting career as a child and won a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination in 1970 for the Broadway musical, "Applause."
"One Day at a Time," however, was her best known role. She played Ann Romano, a single mother raising two teenage daughters. The show dealt with contemporary issues. The first season is available on DVD.
“I know it’s just a television show, and I don’t think that I am changing the way the world is structured,” she told The Washington Post in 1980, but “sometimes we strike chords that do make people think a bit.”
In an interview discussing the show, she said, “As soon as we went on the air we started receiving a lot of letters. 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.”
It was reported last September that Franklin was suffering from aggressive pancreatic cancer.
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