I heard that MLW was fired from ODAAT because Bonnie Franklin was jealous of her. I'm curious about this because I was given a bunch of old vhs tapes and have been watching this show. I liked Ginny and the handyman. Seems like they were going to pair those two up then the Ginny character is gone with no explanation. Anyone know anything?
Bonnie Franklin/Mary Wilson - One Day At A Time
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/08/2015|
She had Florence Ballard fired, not me.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/29/2013|
Whatever happened to Bonnie Franklin. After ODAAT, she just disappeared.
I believe that the actress' name is Mary Louise Wilson
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/29/2013|
Hold me David...I'm scared!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/29/2013|
Bonnie has pancreatic cancer.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/29/2013|
Bonnie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a couple of months ago. Nothing has been reported since.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/29/2013|
We've made fun of her here, but in all seriousness I hope she is well soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/29/2013|
She probably got fired for the same reason Polly Holliday and Diane Ladd were fired from "Alice" - they were stealing laughs from the star. Though maybe Franklin (or the writers/producers) didn't think the character was working for the show. I was never a big ODAAT fan but I liked Wilson's character. On the other hand, I can see how she could have changed the tone of the show from semi-serious Norman Lear to more traditional sitcom schtick.
If anything I'd think Pat Harrington would have wanted her gone since she would have been getting a lot of his type lines and screen-time.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/29/2013|
I thought Ginny was a trannie?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/29/2013|
I have a feeling that once Schneider clicked as the surrogate father for the girls, they decided it should be more about the family unit, meaning there was no need for the wacky neighbor type. She and Richard Masur stuck out like sore thumbs those first couple of seasons.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/29/2013|
I actually asked MLW why she left ODAT.
She said she hated LA and wanted to get back to NYC and do theater.
Boring but true.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/29/2013|
Well, Mary Louise gave one of the best stage performances I've ever seen in Grey Gardens and won a Tony for it, so I'm sure it worked out for her. In the long run, anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/29/2013|
I would have loved to have seen that.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||12/29/2013|
I wish Mary had stayed.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/12/2014|
It seems a lot of people left that show. Why did Richard Massur leave? Or that guy who played Glenn Scarpelli's father? He was there for a year and then they killed him off leaving the kid in Ann Romano's care.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/12/2014|
And yet Nanette Fabray and her real-life niece Shelley Fabares seemed to be on that show FOREVER...
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/12/2014|
R15 - It only felt like forever.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/12/2014|
The Ginny character was actually in the unaired pilot played by Marcia Rodd (who was also the original Carol in Maude)
There was also only one daughter featured, Julie.
Afterwards Norman Lear felt it wasn't working, and dropped the Ginny character and added a second daughter.
After Richard Masuar left, he resurrected the Ginny character to be a love-interest for Schneider and a sounding board for Ann.
But then it was felt it would be better for Schneider to have a date of the week, and Ann was already using her daughters as a sounding board.
So the character was dropped for the second time.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/13/2014|
Ah, Richard Masur...loved the episode that TV Guide described as "Ann finds David and a female guest in a state of dishabille". Wish that David had been in MORE "dishabille" than what he showed! Dude was a fucking hot bear!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/13/2014|
She was funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/08/2015|