Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…

by Shannonn Kelly
05:03AM, EST, March 02, 2013

Bonnie Franklin with TV Daughters Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli
Bonnie Franklin with TV Daughters Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli

Beloved TV actress Bonnie Franklin who’s been suffering complications from pancreatic cancer is dead. She passed away yesterday at the age of  69.

In junior high, Franklin had two un-credited film roles – The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) and The Wrong Man (1961) by famed director Alfred Hitchcock. She eventually graduated from Beverly Hills High School that produced other famous movie alumni such as Nicolas Cage, Betty White, Gina Gershon, and Crispin Glover to name a few.

A long standing advocate for Women’s Rights especially in the story lines for her famous sitcom “One Day At A Time” (1975-1984), Franklin also starred in stage productions, most notably in “Applause” oppsite the great Lauren Bacall. Here’s a clip of Franklin’s Tony Award nominated performance.

Franklin’s TV daughter from “One Day At A Time”, Valerie Bertinelli wrote on her website yesterday:

My heart is breaking.  Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me.  The years on “One Day At A Time” were some of the happiest of my life, and along with Pat and Mackenzie  we were a family in every way.  She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself.  I will miss her terribly. Continue reading “Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…”