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One Day at a Time Star and Tony-Nominated Actress Bonnie Franklin Dead at Age 69

One Day at a Time Star and Tony-Nominated Actress Bonnie Franklin Dead at Age 69
Bonnie Franklin
Tony-nominated 'Applause' star Bonnie Franklin passed away on March 1.

Tony-nominated actress Bonnie Franklin passed away on March 1 at the age of 69, according to the Los Angeles Times. The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer.

Franklin earned a Best Featured Actress Tony nomination for playing Bonnie in Applause, the 1970 musical adaptation of All About Eve. After starring in the tuner, legendary TV producer Norman Lear tapped Franklin to star in his new sitcom One Day at a Time. Controversial for its era, the series followed Ann Romano (Franklin) a divorced woman raising two teenage daughters in Indianapolis. The series ran from 1975 through 1984, earning Franklin an Emmy nomination in 1982. The actress also appeared in off-Broadway productions of Dames at Sea and Drat!

Born to Russian and Romanian immigrants in Santa Monica on January 6, 1944, Franklin married TV producer Marvin Minoff in 1980. The couple remained together until Minoff's death in 2009. Franklin is survived by her mother Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed and Julie Minoff. 

Watch Franklin lead the Applause cast in the show's title number at the Tony Awards below! 
 

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