“One Day at a Time” Mom Bonnie Franklin Dies at 69

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One Day at a Time star Bonnie Franklin passed away Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer.  She was 69 years old.

The spunky redhead – best known for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom – announced in September that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

She is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed Minoff and Julie Minoff, according to the Los Angeles Times.

One Day at a Time aired on CBS from 1975-1984. Franklin co-starred in the series along with Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, who played her teenage daughters.

Franklin and Bertinelli later reunited in the series Hot in Cleveland in 2011, when Franklin played the mother of Bertinelli’s character’s boyfriend.
In her 2008 memoir “Losing It,” Bertinelli recounted her experience: “within a few days I recognized her immense talent and felt privileged to work with her. … She was like a hip, younger complement to my real mom.”

Franklin was pre-deceased by her husband, producer Marvin Minoff.  Speaking to The New York Times about their marriage in 1980, Franklin said that she had promised Minoff that their years together would be many things, “but I promised him they weren’t going to be boring.”

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