By Tim Kenneally
3:21 PM CST, March 1, 2013
Bonnie Franklin, the actress who played Ann Romano in the sitcom "One Day at a Time," died Friday at her home. She was 69.
News broke in September that Franklin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Franklin was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her death, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap
Born in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1944, Franklin first appeared on television at age nine, in "The Colgate Comedy Hour," and made her Broadway debut in 1970 in "Applause." She also had a semi-regular role on ABC's "Gidget."
However, it was the sitcom "One Day at a Time," which ran on CBS from 1975 to 1984, that made Franklin a star.
The series was somewhat groundbreaking for its time; Franklin played divorced mother of two Ann Romano, struggling to raise her two daughters (played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli) on her own. During the course of the show's run, it tackled such subjects as premarital sex, teenage runaways and suicide.
The show itself was not without its own internal drama; Phillips was fired from the series after in 1980, due to alcohol and drug struggles that made her unreliable. Invited back the next year after undergoing treatment, she relapsed and was fired again.
Franklin received multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Romano.
Franklin appeared sporadically on television following "One Day at a Time." In 2011, she reunited with Bertinelli for a guest appearance on TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," and last year she appeared on "The Young and the Restless" as Sister Celeste.
Married twice, Franklin's second marriage, to producer Marvin Minoff, lasted from 1980 until Minoff's death in 2009. She is survived by her family, including mother, Claire Franklin, as well as her stepchildren Jed and Julie, her grandchildren Maya and Natasha, and her sister and brother-in-laws.
A private memorial will be held next week. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to CCAP, a nonprofit organization started by Franklin and her sister Judy Bush to introduce and implement great American Plays into inner city schools' curriculum.