Bonnie Franklin

Actor, Director
Bonnie Franklin found fame amidst a shift in American culture with her leading role on the popular sitcom "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984), where she portrayed one of the first single mothers in primetime ... Read more »
Born: 01/06/1944 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

One Day at a Time Reunion Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 4 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost Perfect 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drug Free Kids: A Parent's Guide 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

On Top All Over the World 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

One Day At A Time 1975 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Bonnie and the Franklins 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Musical Comedy Tonight 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Gidget 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

A Summer Place 1958 (Movie)

Girl in Dormitory (Actor)

The Wrong Man 1956 (Movie)

Young Girl (Actor)

A Christmas Carol 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (TV Show)

Actor

The Law (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Actor

Your Place or Mine (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Karen's Song 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Bonnie Franklin found fame amidst a shift in American culture with her leading role on the popular sitcom "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984), where she portrayed one of the first single mothers in primetime - certainly one of the first to anchor a television show. A child star in her days growing up in Southern California, she went on to win a flurry teen roles in 1960s television before finding more secure footing in the theater, notably via a two-year, award-winning run in the Broadway musical "Applause" in the early 1970s. In 1975, she took the role of single mother Ann Romano, who must raise two teenage daughters on "One Day at a Time," one of producer Norman Lear's library of shows seeking to morph the long-squeaky clean sitcom format to a more real-world feel. The show's long run drew enough limelight to win her a variety of made-for-TV movie projects, but would ultimately leave her typecast as "sitcom mom" and make further screen work hard to come by. Franklin returned to television for the infrequent guest appearance, ramped up her stage work in the late 1990s and, in the early 2000s, founded an organization that marshaled well-known actors to participate in a live theater program for L.A.-area students. Still, for many American television viewers, Franklin would always be the brassy, indefatigable mom able to face down the pitfalls of American family life all on her own.

Relationships

Samuel Franklin

Father

Claire Franklin

Mother

Marvin Minoff Executive Producer

Husband
Married Aug. 31, 1980 until his death Nov. 11, 2009

Ronald Sossi Writer

Husband
Married March 4, 1967 Divorced February 1970

EDUCATION

Smith College

Northampton , Massachusetts 1961 - 1963

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1966

Milestones

2011

Reunited with Bertinelli with guest role on "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land)

2004

Featured speaker at the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C.

1996

Guest starred on two-episode arc of CBS comedy "Almost Perfect"

1988

Returned to the New York stage in "Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune" opposite Tony Musante

1988

Helmed episodes of syndicated series "The Munsters Today"

1984

Made directorial debut with episodes of "One Day at a Time"

1980

Portrayed birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger in CBS biopic "Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger"

1975

Starred as divorced mother of two Ann Romano on long-running CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time"; Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli played her daughters

1974

TV-movie debut, "The Law" (NBC)

1969

Scored critical acclaim on Broadway in "Applause"; earned Tony nomination

1968

Made off-Broadway debut in the musical "Your Own Thing"

1965

Appeared on episodes of "Gidget" (ABC) and "The Munsters" (CBS)

1956

Made first film appearance in "The Wrong Man," directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1954

Began career as a child performer in "Shower of Stars" presentation of "A Christmas Carol" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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In September 2012, a spokesman for Franklin announced the actress was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

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