Santa Monica News
SANTA MONICA—Bonnie Franklin, star of the long-running sitcom “One Day at a Time,” died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Franklin was 69.
According to her family, Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2012. She died in her home Friday, March 1.
Both an acclaimed actress and humanitarian, Bonnie Franklin was born Jan 6, 1944, in Santa Monica. Her career lasted over 60 years as she made her television debut at the age of 9 on the “Colgate Comedy Hour” and continued working throughout her early teenage years on television shows such as “Gidget,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “The Munsters.”
Franklin’s claim to fame was when she took the role of Ann Romano on the popular TV sitcom “One Day at a Time.” The show began in 1975 and ran until 1984, having lasted nine seasons.
Franklin played the mother to Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips on the show.
Her most recent credits include an appearance on the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” along with the comedy “Hot in Cleveland,” which allowed Franklin to be reunited with Bertinelli for one episode.
Of Franklin’s passing, Bertinelli said, “My heart is breaking. The years on “One Day at a Time” were some of the happiest of my life. Along with Pat (Harrington Jr.) 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’s husband was TV producer Marvin Minoff. Minoff died on November 11, 2009 at the age of 78. They were married for 29 years.
As a devoted activist of many charities and civic-oriented issues including AIDS care and research and the Stroke Association of Southern California, Franklin and her sister, Judy Bush, founded the non-profit organization CCAP (Classic and Contemporary American Plays) which partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District so that great American plays can be further implemented into the curriculum of inner-city schools.
Franklin received a Tony Award Nomination in 1979 for her role in the original Broadway production of “Applause.” Other credits to her stage career include “Dames at Sea” and “A Thousand Clowns.”
Franklin’s family held a private memorial for her the week following her death.
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