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Actress Bonnie Franklin of TV's "One Day at a Time," dead at 69

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Bonnie Franklin, who starred as the harried single mother of two teenage girls on the 1970s and '80s television comedy "One Day at a Time," died on Friday at 69 from complications from pancreatic cancer, the CBS network said.
/ Source: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Bonnie Franklin, who starred as the harried single mother of two teenage girls on the 1970s and '80s television comedy "One Day at a Time," died on Friday at 69 from complications from pancreatic cancer, the CBS network said.

Franklin, a petite redhead, had acted on Broadway before being cast as divorcee Ann Romano on the show, which debuted in December 1975 and ran for nine seasons on CBS. It co-starred Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips as her two head-strong daughters.

The show reflected the changing landscape of U.S. television at the time, with networks abandoning the perfect sitcom families of earlier decades like those on "Leave It to Beaver" (1957-1963) and "Father Knows Best" (1954-1960).

Franklin previously earned a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination for her work in the 1970 Broadway musical "Applause." She was nominated for an Emmy in 1982 for her performance on "One Day at a Time."

Her family disclosed last September that Franklin was being treated for pancreatic cancer.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Bill Trott, Cynthia Johnston and Martin Golan)