Bonnie Franklin (January 6, 1944 – March 1, 2013)
Bonnie Gail Franklin was born in Santa Monica, California. Her parents were both Jewish immigrants. At 13, her family moved to Beverly Hills. Franklin attended Smith College and graduated from UCLA.
She was married to playwright Ronald Sossi from 1967 to 1970; and to film producer Marvin Minoff from 1980 until his death November 11, 2009.
Franklin began her career at age 9 on The Colgate Comedy Hour. Her debut on Broadway occurred in 1970 in the musical Applause. She guest-starred in several TV series, was a semi-regular on Gidget and directed several episodes of 80s sitcom Charles in Charge. But she is best known as divorced mom Ann Romano on One Day at a Time (1975-1984). In April 2011, she and numerous One Day at a Time cast members accepted the TV Land Innovators Award.
After One Day at a Time, she continued her Broadway career. Her final TV appearance (August 2012) was as Sister Celeste on the daytime drama The Young & the Restless. Her final theater appearance was to be in Joan Didion’s one-woman play “The Year of Magical Thinking” in April 2013, but she had to withdraw due to illness.
Franklin died from complications of pancreatic cancer at her home in Los Angeles, at age 69, on March 1, 2013. She is survived by her mother, four siblings, two step-children and two step-grandchildren. She had no children.