The television sit-com, One Day at a Time, was rather ground-breaking back in the day. It was about a divorced mother raising her two daughters. While a comedy, the show tackled some very life issues such as finding who you are after a divorce, suicide, teen sexuality, infidelity and sexual harassment. The show began in 1975 and ran until 1984. Bonnie Franklin was the actress who played Ann Romano, the divorced mom of Julie (Mackenzie Phillips) and Barbara (Valerie Bertinelli). Franklin earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role. The show was written by Whitney Blake and Allan Manings and is loosely based on Blake’s own life as a single mother to Meredith Baxter.
Bonnie Franklin was born in Santa Monica, Ca to Jewish immigrant parents. She moved to Beverly Hills in her teens. She attended Smith College and UCLA. Her first televised appearance was at the age of 9 in a variety television show. She had a very small role in an Alfred Hitchcock film, The Wrong Man. She made her way to Broadway in 1970 in the Musical Applause, which earned her a Tony Nomination. After her stint on One Day at a Time, she focused her acting talents in theater with a variety of roles across the country.
Bonnie Franklin was married twice. She was married to playwright Ronald Sossi for three years before they divorced. Ten years later she married film producer Marvin Minoff. They remained married until his death 29 years later. Franklin had no children.
September of 2012, a spokesman announced that Franklin was battling pancreatic cancer. She died yesterday, March 1 from complications of that disease at home.
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