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Bonnie Franklin of TV's 'One Day At A Time' Dead at 69

Headshot portrait of American actor Bonnie Franklin, c. 1980. (Photo by Getty Images)
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Actress Bonnie Franklin, known best for her starring role as the matriarch in the sitcom "One Day At A Time," has died. She was 69.

Franklin reportedly had been battling pancreatic cancer, according to City News Service. Her family confirmed her death, reports the Associated Press, noting that Franklin had been diagnosed with the illness in September of last year.

Born in Santa Monica in 1944, Franklin grew up there and in Beverly Hills, graduating from Beverly Hills High School. She attended both Smith College and UCLA.

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Franklin and Bertinelli in 'One Day At A Time'
Franklin made her professional acting debut at age nine on television, and went on to do small roles there and in film into her teens. She appeared on Broadway in 1970's "Applause," but soon became known for her turn as divorced mom Ann Romano on the popular TV series "One Day At A Time," which ran from 1975 to 1984. She played the mother of two teen girls, played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli.The redheaded actress continued to work in front of and behind the TV camera for the duration of her career, even appearing in several episodes of "The Young and the Restless," that aired in the summer of 2012, and in TV daughter Bertinelli's series "Hot in Cleveland," in 2011.

Franklin's second marriage of nearly 30 years, to Marvin Minoff, ended in his death in 2009. She had no children.