Bonnie Franklin Of One Day At A Time Dies At 69

Bonnie Franklin died earlier today in her Los Angeles home at the age of 1969 from pancreatic cancer complications.. One Day At A Time was the television show that catapulted her to fame. She first appeared on the show on the Dec. 16, 1975 “Ann’s Decision” debut episode and would remain on the show till the 208th and last episode “Another Man’s Shoes”, which aired on May 28, 1984.

Franklin was born as Bonnie Gail Franklin on Jan. 6, 1944 in Santa Monica, California. She made her television debut in Shower of Stars in 1954, when she portrayed Susan Cratchit in ” A Christmas Carol “.  She free-lanced in movies and television from 1954-1975 before landing the role of Ann Romano in One Day At A Time.

She was seen on television only sporadically , after leaving her hit show and was only seen seven times from 1984- 2012. Her last two appearances were on Hot in Cleveland in 2011 and an episode of Young and Restless in 2012. She was seen those seven times on television, in the last 29 years of her life.

The reason given for the success of One Day At A Time is that the average viewer could identify with her situation and some who wrote the show said the show was “my life”.

We have lost another television icon today and it makes me wonder, why this show is not being shown on any network  ( that I know of).,0,6526075.story


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

7 thoughts on “Bonnie Franklin Of One Day At A Time Dies At 69”

  1. Aww, that is awful! I didn’t even know she was ill. I LOVED that show and she portrayed a wonderful mom. RIP to another icon! I wish they still showed “One Day at a Time” too — it was the best!

  2. Maryanne, Sad to hear of the passing of Bonnie Franklin today. That was one of my favorite shows and loved Pat Harrington Jr. as Schneider the building maintenance man. It is strange that Andy Griffith has been on television continuously since the 1960’s while One Day at a Time has only been off the air for 29 years. I can’t even remember the last time it was shown in reruns.

  3. I grew up watching the show.. I was right in between the age of the 2 girls that played her daughters on the show. Ms. Franklin’s character showed that single moms can be successful.

    1. Mark, You hit on why the show was successful. Ms. Franklin was an inspiration for a lot of single moms. Seems like Mackenzie Phillips had some kind of drug problem, in real life during the life of the show.

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