Hollywood has lost another talented actress. Bonnie Franklin, who was best known for her work on the sitcom One Day at a Time, passed away in her Los Angeles home Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Franklin's family announced that the actress, who was 69 years old at the time of her death, passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
Franklin started acting as a child. She first appeared on TV in The Colgate Comedy Hour at the age of nine. She also had a non-credited roll in Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man.
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By the 1970s, Franklin had started to establish herself as a credible theater actress. In 1970, she debuted on Broadway in the play Applause and was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in the show. She also had roles in A Thousand Clowns, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, George M!, and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
Five years later, Franklin scored her biggest role as Ann Romano, the divorced mother raising two teenagers in Indianapolis, on the comedic series, One Day at a Time, which ran from 1975-1984. Franklin starred in the series alongside Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips.
Back in September, news broke that Franklin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had started undergoing treatment. Franklin is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and two stepchildren, Jed and Julie Minoff.
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