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    She died a little while ago.

    Bonnie Franklin, 'One Day
    At a Time' star, dies



    By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television WriterAssociated
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    Posted: 03/01/2013 10:07:48 AM PST

    March 1, 2013 7:6 PM GMTUpdated:
    03/01/2013 11:06:12 AM PST


















    NEW YORK—Bonnie Franklin, the pert,
    redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced
    mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died.

    She died Friday at her home in Los Angeles due to complications from
    pancreatic cancer, family members said. She was 69. Her family had announced she
    was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September.

    Franklin was a veteran stage and television performer before "One Day At a
    Time" made her a star.

    Developed by Norman Lear and co-created by Whitney Blake—herself a former
    sitcom star and single mother raising future actress Meredith Baxter—the series
    was groundbreaking for its focus on a young divorced mother seeking independence
    from a suffocating marriage.

    It premiered on CBS in December 1975, just five years after the network had
    balked at having Mary Tyler Moore play a divorced woman on her own comedy
    series, insisting that newly single Mary Richards be portrayed as having ended
    her engagement instead.

    On her own in Indianapolis, Ann Romano was raising two teenage girls—played
    by Mackenzie Phillips, already famous for the film "American Graffiti," and a
    previously unknown Valerie Bertinelli. "One Day At a Time" ran on CBS until
    1984, by which time both daughters had grown and married, while Romano had
    remarried and become a grandmother. During the first seven of its nine seasons
    on the air, the show was a Top 20 hit.


    Other Lear productions such as "All in the Family" and "Good Times," "One
    Day at a Time" dealt with contemporary issues once absent from TV comedies such
    as premarital sex, birth control, suicide and sexual harassment—issues that had
    previously been overlooked by TV comedies whose households were usually headed
    by a husband and wife or, rarely, a widowed parent.

    Meanwhile, the series weathered its own crises as Phillips was twice written
    out of the series to deal with her drug abuse and other personal problems.

    Writing in her 2009 memoir "High On Arrival," Phillips remembered Franklin as
    hardworking and professional, even a perfectionist.

    "Bonnie felt a responsibility to the character and always gave a million
    notes on the scripts," Phillips wrote. "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."

    In her 2008 memoir "Losing It," Bertinelli noted that Franklin, just 31 when
    the show began, wasn't old enough to be her real mother.

    Even so, wrote Bertinelli, "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."

    The truth of "One Day at a Time" was brought home to Franklin when in 2005
    she got together with both TV daughters for a "One Day at a Time" reunion
    special. She told both actresses, "You are living, in a sense, Ann Romano's
    life—you are single parents raising teenage kids. That is shocking and
    terrifying to me."

    Despite sometimes tackling serious subjects in her work, Franklin was always
    a cheery and positive person, Lear said Friday.

    "I was wrong—I thought life forces never die. Bonnie was such a life force,"
    Lear said in a statement. "Bubbly, always up, the smile never left her face."

    Franklin herself was married for 29 years. Her husband, TV producer Marvin
    Minoff, died in 2009.

    Born Bonnie Gail Franklin in Santa Monica, Calif., she entered show business
    at an early age. She was a child tap dancer and actress, and a protege of Donald
    O'Connor, with whom she performed in the 1950s on NBC's "Colgate Comedy Hour."

    A decade later, she was appearing on such episodic programs as "Mr. Novak,"
    "Gidget" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

    On stage, Franklin was in the original Broadway production of "Applause," for
    which she received a 1970 Tony Award nomination, and other plays including
    "Dames at Sea" and "A Thousand Clowns."

    Franklin's recent credits include appearances on "The Young and the Restless"
    and the TV Land comedy "Hot in Cleveland," which again reunited her with
    Bertinelli, one of that show's regulars.

    Franklin was a "devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and
    friend," her family said in a statement. She also was a longtime activist for a
    range of charities and civic-oriented issues, among them AIDS care and research
    and the Stroke Association of Southern California.

    In 2001, she and her sister Judy Bush founded the nonprofit Classic and
    Contemporary American Plays, an organization that introduces great American
    plays to inner-city schools' curriculum.
    A private memorial will be held next week, her family said.

    Bonnie Franklin, 'One Day At a Time' star, dies - San Jose Mercury News



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    I'm so sad. One day at a time was a big part of my childhood.

    R.i.p sweet lady

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    6 months is about right. Pancreatic cancer is a bastard. RIP
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    Freaking sad!!!! RIP!
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    Yes, I'm sad to hear about this too. I loved that show.
    Life is short. Break the Rules. Forgive Quickly. Kiss Slowly. Love Truly.
    Laugh Uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.

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    Aww I figured that's why this thread was bumped. R.I.P. Bonnie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    6 months is about right. Pancreatic cancer is a bastard. RIP
    My mom was misdiagnosed for months, until a trip to emergency, where the Dr. there diagnosed her with Pancreatic cancer and told us she had one month left to live. She died 3 weeks later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icepik View Post
    My mom was misdiagnosed for months, until a trip to emergency, where the Dr. there diagnosed her with Pancreatic cancer and told us she had one month left to live. She died 3 weeks later.
    I'm sorry, Icepik. *hugs*

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    Wow. Tough break. Grew up watching that show. Because of this show and other Norman Lear shows, never really knew what an UNliberated woman was. RIP Bonnie.
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    I loved that darn show! RIP Bonnie Franklin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icepik View Post
    My mom was misdiagnosed for months, until a trip to emergency, where the Dr. there diagnosed her with Pancreatic cancer and told us she had one month left to live. She died 3 weeks later.

    omg. i'm so sorry to hear that icepik. that is very sad. RIP to your mom (and to bonnie and all others who have cancer and passed) cancer does suck and should fuck off!

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    Aww this gave me chills. In this day and age they should be able to diagnose this earlier. It sure seems to be on the rise. RIP dear lady and that goes to your Mom as well Icepik. What were the symptoms Icepik?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    I'm sorry, Icepik. *hugs*
    Me too.

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    I am sorry to hear about your mother, Icepik.

    And I'm sorry to hear about Bonnie Franklin. I loved "One Day At A Time".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witchywoman View Post
    Aww this gave me chills. In this day and age they should be able to diagnose this earlier. It sure seems to be on the rise. RIP dear lady and that goes to your Mom as well Icepik. What were the symptoms Icepik?
    Thanks everyone for your kind words. It was an extremely difficult time to go through. It's still difficult to think of how quickly it all happened. Witchywoman, my mom had complained about was nausea, diarrhea and constant abdominal pain. She went to her doctor for months and his misdiagnosed her with an ulcer, then an bleeding ulcer. Put her on medication for months. She used to tell me all the time that she thought he was wrong about what she had. It was only when my sister brought her into emergency when she became jaundice and feeling faint did the doctor on staff diagnose her with pancreatic cancer. We were told the next day by a specialist that she was in the advanced stages. We were told pancreatic cancer is inherited and there was a one in four chance that one of us (her 4 children) would also get pancreatic cancer.

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