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PEOPLE Critic: One Wonderful Thing at a Time About Bonnie Franklin

Bonnie Franklin Played Struggling Everymom to Perfection, Says PEOPLE's Critic

Originally posted 03/02/2013 09:00AM

When certain television stars pass away, they don't leave the stage – they leave your life. They played ordinary people so perfectly, you almost imagine that once their series concluded they went on living a plain existence parallel to yours as you worked, shopped, ate dinner, watched TV.

Actress Bonnie Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer Friday at age 69, was for nine seasons America's most contemporary everymom on CBS's One Day at a Time (1975-1984). Franklin played Ann Romano, a divorced mother of two daughters (Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips) living in an apartment in Indianapolis.

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Valerie Bertinelli Mourns Bonnie Franklin: 'My Heart Is Breaking' | Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli

UpdatePosted 03/01/2013 05:30PM

Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips Pay Tribute to Bonnie Franklin

Originally posted 03/01/2013 03:00PM

Bonnie Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer Friday, and Valerie Bertinelli go back nearly 40 years, to the sitcom One Day at a TIme, on which Franklin played her mother, Ann Romano.

Two years ago the actresses reunited professionally, on Bertinelii's series Hot in Cleveland.

Bertinelli said in a statement Friday: "My heart is breaking. Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me."

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One Day at a Time Star Bonnie Franklin Dies

Bonnie Franklin Dies at 69

Originally posted 03/01/2013 01:30PM

One Day at a Time star Bonnie Franklin, who announced last September that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, died of complications of the disease on Friday, her family told the Los Angeles Times. She was 69.

Franklin died at her Los Angeles home, and is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed Minoff and Julie Minoff, said the paper.

On the long-running CBS series, which was developed by Norman Lear and on the air from 1975-1984, Franklin starred as divorced mom Ann Romano, alongside Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, who played her teenage daughters.

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Bonnie Franklin Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer | Bonnie Franklin

Bonnie Franklin Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

Originally posted 09/24/2012 05:35PM

Bonnie Franklin has pancreatic cancer, a family spokesman announced Monday.

The actress, 68, who starred on CBS's sitcom One Day at a Time, is undergoing treatment, the spokesman tells USA Today.

On the long-running series, which was on the air from 1975-1984, Franklin starred as divorced mom Ann Romano, alongside Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, who played her teenage daughters.

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