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Bonnie Franklin

Dead at 69

3/1/2013 10:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0301-bonnie-franklin-gettyBonnie Franklin -- who starred as Ann Romano on the classic TV show "One Day at a Time" -- died today due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69. 

Franklin had announced she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2012.

Franklin had a long career, but was best known for playing the mother to Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips on "One Day at a Time" from 1975-1984.

She was married to playwright Ronald Sossi from 1967 to 1970 and to film producer Marvin Minoff from 1980 until his death in November 2009. She had no children.

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TJ    

Rest in peace, sweet lady, and thank you for the all the laughs and the wholesome TV entertainment.

497 days ago
47.

fit4ufor3rd    

RIP mizz romano.

497 days ago
48.

Lisa    

She was a wonderful actress. RIP

497 days ago
49.

There's a problem here    

Besides being known for her tv shows she was a Broadway performer too. I think she has a Tony or had a Tony nomination. Pancreatic cancer takes no prisoners. RIP Bonnie Franklin.

497 days ago
50.

kathy    

she was a role model for my generation

497 days ago
51.

Lisa    

Rest in peace

497 days ago
52.

myopinion    

RIP Bonnie!

497 days ago
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marian    

Bonnie, sorry to see you go...you were my mom in the 70's after my own passed...i let you not only in my living room during those awful years...I let you in my heart.... you made a difference.

497 days ago
54.

Richard    

20 years since pancreatic cancer took my dad.
He lived 6 months after his diagnosis. 20 years later it's still a death sentence.

497 days ago
55.

Bill    

A sad day for all. You gave a good fight Bonnie. May Jesus comfort you and your family. Truely a sad day

497 days ago
56.

GratefulDedalus    

Some forms of pancreatic cancer are treatable if caught early. Others aren't. One problem is not detecting it early enough. That's why so many die a year after they're diagnosed.

497 days ago
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hammonator62    

So sad to hear of her passing..On Day At A Time was one of the first shows that tackled some tough real life issues..Bonnie was so believable in her performances. Great actress. I am sure she was a great person in real life. Hope she didn't suffer in her last days!! RIP......

497 days ago
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Bruce Allen    

Nobody could have played Ann Romano better, she owned it. I was so happy to see her do a guest spot with Valerie Bertinelli on her new show "Hot in Cleavland" and I was hoping she would be a regular.

497 days ago
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betjane    

r.i.p bonnie I LOVED YOUR SHOW

497 days ago
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CLINT    

Those shows were well written and funny. I was so in love with Valerie Bertinelli back then. Welcome Back Kotter was also one of my favorites. RIP to Bonnie.

497 days ago
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