Bonnie Franklin of 'One Day at a Time' dies at 69
Bonnie Franklin, an actress best known for playing Ann Romano on the sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died at age 69, according to her agent.
The actress died in her Los Angeles home on Friday, March 1, as a result of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. Franklin went public with her cancer diagnosis in September 2012.
The actress is featured in the February 2008 picture above on the far left with "One Day at a Time" cast members MacKenzie Phillips, Valerie Bertinelli and Pat Harrington during a reunion on the "Today" show.
Franklin, a native of Southern California, began her on-screen career in the mid-1950s, making her acting debut on the show "Shower of Stars." She starred on "One Day at a Time," playing a single mother, from its debut in 1975 to 1984, when it ended. Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli played her daughters, Julie and Barbara.
The actress reunited with Bertinelli on an episode of the latter actress' current series "Hot In Cleveland" in 2011. The two, along with Phillips and cast members Richard Masur and Pat Harrington Jr. then appeared together at the TV Land Awards on April 14, 2012.
"My heart is breaking. Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me," Bertinelli said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Friday. "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," Bertinelli added. "I will miss her terribly."
Phillips wrote about Franklin in her 2009 memoir "High On Arrival," and said the actress was hardworking and professional, even a perfectionist.
"Bonnie felt a responsibility to the character and always gave a million notes on the scripts," Phillips wrote, according to The Associated Press. "Above all, she didn't want it to be sitcom fluff - she wanted it to deal honestly with the struggles and truths of raising two teenagers as a single mother."
Phillips also released a statement about Franklin's death on Friday saying, "I am so saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Bonnie Franklin. She was just full of light and love. Bonnie will be very much missed by all the people she touched with her love. Family, friends and fans."
She added, "Please respect the privacy of her wonderful family at this difficult time. We all loved her very much."
Franklin was married for 29 years to TV producer Marvin Minoff, who died in 2009.
"I sulk. I'm moody. I can't let it out. It builds up and all of a sudden boom," Franklin told The Pittsburgh Press in 1977. "Yes, Bonnie Franklin is very much Ann Romano."
Franklin was a long time actress on stage and on television prior to landing her role on "One Day at a Time." She had roles on "Gidget," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and, more recently, "The Young and the Restless." She also appeared on Broadway in "Applause," which earned her a Tony nomination in 1970.