She passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 69.
Her role as Ann Romano on One Day At A Time was a groundbreaking role (as was the series) as a single mom raising two teenagers (along with all of the chaos that went with it).
RIP, Bonnie.The cause was complications of pancreatic cancer, family members said. They had announced the diagnosis in September.
Ms. Franklin also acted on the stage and in movies and for years sang and danced in a nightclub act. But she was most widely known in the role of Ann Romano, one of the first independent women to be portrayed on TV wrestling with issues like sexual harassment, rape and menopause. Ms. Franklin — green-eyed, red-haired, button-nosed and 5-foot-3 — brought a buoyant comic touch to the part.