Actress Bonnie Franklin Dead At Age 69

March 1, 2013

Actress Bonnie Franklin has died at the age of 69. The fiery red-head best known for her role on the sitcom ‘One Day at a Time’ passed away earlier today.

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A family member of Franklin’s has revealed that she died of  complications due to suffering from pancreatic cancer. Her death comes less than six months after it was revealed that Bonnie had been diagnosed with the terminal disease. She is survived by her mother Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed and Julie Minoff.

Franklin became one of TV’s most iconic mothers when she took on the role of Ann Romano back in 1974. The hit show ran from 1975 to 1984 and launched all of is stars into fame.  Today Valerie Bertinelli released a statement about Boonie and their time working together on the show, you can read her statement here. Recently the two ladies were reunited on Valerie’s show Hot In Cleveland. The show was groundbreaking in its own right as the character of Ann was single mother, something that was not discussed back in the 70’s.  Serious issues were not shied away from on the sitcom and Bonnie was always one to bring her A game to the show.

One Day at a Time may have made her a household name but Bonnie Franklin was acting up a storm years before it began. She had a number of other television and TV credits. However after the hit show faded away in the early 80’s, Franklin spent the past two decades out of the spotlight. She would occasionally take an acting gig but for the most part she removed herself from Hollywood.

The lovely and talented Bonnie Franklin died today at age 69. She was definitely a fixture in my childhood as I never missed and episode of One Day at a Time. RIP Bonnie Franklin you touched more lives than you probably even knew. Make sure you watch the below throw back video in honor of Bonnie.


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