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R.I.P. Bonnie Franklin

Friday March 1, 2013

Bonnie Franklin, best known for a playing single mom to two teenage daughters on the long-running CBS sitcom One Day At A Time, died this morning. She was 69. The actress and singer, who worked on stage, film and TV (she made her TV debut at age 9 on the Colgate Comedy Hour) and also directed several TV episodes during her career, disclosed last fall that she had pancreatic cancer.

Born in Santa Monica, Franklin guest starred on several series and TV movies in the 1970s, and scored a Tony nomination in 1970 for starring in the musical Applause. In 1975 she landed the lead role of Ann Romano on the Norman Lear-developed sitcom One Day At A Time, starring alongside Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips as her daughters and Pat Harrington as their wisecracking super. The series ran from 1975-1984 and tackled several social issues like teen pregnancy as it humorously charted a single mom’s struggles raising two kids.

Franklin was nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globes for the role. She starred in several TV movies during that stretch, including as women’s health activist Margaret Sanger in 1980′s Portrait Of A Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger.

That year she married producer Marvin Minoff, and they were together for 29 years until his death in November 2009.

Franklin later traveled with her own cabaret show and worked extensively in regional and educational theatre, founding the nonprofit Classic and Contemporary American Plays, which aims to introduce and implement great American plays into inner city schools’ curriculum.

One of her most recent TV roles reunited her with Bertinelli for a guest stint on TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland in 2011.

by Anonymousreply 1003/02/2013

Hold me, David. I dead.

by Anonymousreply 103/01/2013

I guess David just couldn't save her

by Anonymousreply 203/01/2013

What is it about these people who can't resist imparting these tidings? This is the fifth thread about Bonnie Franklin's death. How long will this go on? Should we post one about BEN Franklin?

by Anonymousreply 303/01/2013

Active thread is here.

by Anonymousreply 403/01/2013

Lenny, I holded that soft scared lady just like she asks me. I holded her hard to keep her safe from the bad people. I done good, right, Lenny?

by Anonymousreply 503/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 603/01/2013

She was a dancer?

by Anonymousreply 703/01/2013

Yes, of course she was a dancer. Surely you didn't think that she was an actress.

by Anonymousreply 803/02/2013

Damit Julie!

by Anonymousreply 903/02/2013

Yes. I hear Michael Jackson died too.

by Anonymousreply 1003/02/2013
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