Bonnie Franklin

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Bonnie Franklin

Franklin in One Day at a Time, 1976
BornBonnie Gail Franklin
(1944-01-06) January 6, 1944 (age 68)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1953–present
Spouse(s)Marvin Minoff (1980-2009; deceased)
Ronald Sossi (1967-1970; divorced)
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Bonnie Franklin

Franklin in One Day at a Time, 1976
BornBonnie Gail Franklin
(1944-01-06) January 6, 1944 (age 68)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1953–present
Spouse(s)Marvin Minoff (1980-2009; deceased)
Ronald Sossi (1967-1970; divorced)

Bonnie Gail Franklin (born January 6, 1944) is an American actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time (1975-1984). She is Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Awards nominee.


Personal life

Franklin was born in Santa Monica, California,[1] the daughter of Claire (née Hersch) and Samuel Benjamin Franklin, an investment banker.[2] Her parents were both Jewish immigrants, her father from Russia and her mother from Romania.[1][3][4]

Her family moved to Beverly Hills when she was thirteen years old,[5] and she graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1961.[6][7] She attended Smith College, performing in an Amherst College production of Good News as a freshman. She moved back to California to attend UCLA.[5]


She was married to playwright Ronald Sossi from 1967 to 1970 and to film producer Marvin Minoff from 1980 until his death in November 2009.[8][9] Minoff had been the executive producer of a television movie, Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger, which starred Franklin as Margaret Sanger, before the couple wed in 1980. Franklin and Minoff remained together for 29 years, until Minoff's death on November 11, 2009.[9]

Franklin has no children.


On September 24, 2012, a family spokesman announced that Franklin has pancreatic cancer, and is undergoing treatment.[10][11]


Franklin first appeared on television at age 9 in The Colgate Comedy Hour.[5] As a small child, she later appeared in a non-credited role in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Wrong Man. In the 1960s she portrayed a teenage feature character in "You're the Judge," a short educational film about baking sponsored by Procter & Gamble featuring the use of Crisco. She debuted on Broadway in 1970 in the musical Applause, earning a Tony Award nomination.[1] She appeared at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey in both George M! and A Thousand Clowns.

In 1988, she appeared at the Bucks County Playhouse and at the Pocono Playhouse, both in Pennsylvania, in the title role of Annie Get Your Gun.

Bonnie Franklin Speaks to Crowd at March For Women's Lives, 2004

In 1988, she appeared with Tony Musante at the Westside Arts Theatre (in Manhattan) in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally. She later performed in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Pittsburgh Public Theater (July 1998). In 1997, she appeared at Ford's Theater, Washington, D.C., in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (September 1999). She appeared in For the Price of a Cup of Coffee as "Leering Death" in Schneider, Minnesota. In 2005, she appeared with Bruce Weitz at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas in 2 Across (August-September 2011). She played "Ouiser" in a production of Steel Magnolias at the Rubicon Theater, Ventura, California (October 4-October 14, 2011)

In April 2012, Franklin and other cast members from One Day at a Time accepted the "Innovators Award" from the TV Land cable channel -- one of several awards in the annual event. The citation on the TV Land web site reads:"One Day At A Time is being presented with the Innovator Award, which is given to a television series that carved out new territory, tackled important issues of its day and helped re-defined its genre. The series, which was a hybrid drama/comedy, addressed such taboo topics as pre-marital sex, suicide, sexual harassment and more, breaking barriers and paving the way for future shows to tackle these issues as well. Developed and written in part by TV visionary Norman Lear, One Day At A Time aired on CBS for nine seasons from 1975-1984. Starring Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips as Ann Romano, Barbara Cooper and Julie Cooper, the series revolved around a family headed by a single mother (Franklin) that relocates to Indianapolis, where their new apartment building super, Dwayne Schneider (Pat Harrington Jr.), befriends them. Also taking part in the cast reunion is Glenn Scarpelli, who joined the series in 1980 as the son of Ann's boyfriend, Nick."[12]

On April 28, 2012, Bonnie Franklin was among several stars who appeared at the 28th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (STAGE) benefit, titled Original Cast 3, at the Saban Theatre Beverly Hills to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. The event raised over $200,000 for APLA's work with clients living with HIV and AIDS in Los Angeles County. Franklin and other original-cast members from a variety of musicals, performed songs with which they are associated. Franklin sang the title song from "Applause," which she introduced on Broadway in 1970.[13]

She is best known for her portrayal of divorced mother Ann Romano on the television situation comedy One Day at a Time (1975–1984). Franklin guest-starred on several television series, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Gazebo in the Maze Affair" from 1965). She also played a semi-regular role in the ABC series Gidget. She directed several episodes of the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge. In 2011, she was reunited with her One Day at a Time costar Valerie Bertinelli on Hot in Cleveland, playing the mother of Bertinelli's character's boyfriend. Franklin signed to appear in several episodes of the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" on CBS television. The episodes were scheduled to be shot in July 2012 and broadcast in August 2012. The actress was cast as a nun, Sister Celeste, who comes to the assistance of Victor Newman. [14]

Franklin has appeared in nearly a dozen staged readings with Classic and Contemporary American Playwrights (CCAP) in the Greater Los Angeles area for the last several years. During the 2006-2007 season, she appeared in Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic. She appeared in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound at the Pico Playhouse in January 2008. CCAP is devoted to reviving seldom seen works and presenting them to student audiences, to create a new audience for theatre. Most recently, CCAP outreach programs work with teachers at North Hollywood, Cleveland and King Drew Medical Magnet high schools. Working with the teachers in the English department, CCAP selects works which will be incorporated into the curriculum and, before the presentation, gives a workshop at the school.[15]


1954Shower of StarsSusan CratchitEpisode: "A Christmas Carol"
1956The Wrong ManYoung Girl
1956The Kettles in the OzarksBetty
1959A Summer PlaceGirl in Dormitory
1964Mr. NovakSally2 episodes
1965Invisible DiplomatsTrudy
1965Profiles in CourageDeborahEpisode: "Prudence Crandall"
1965KarenCharlotte BurnsEpisode: "Holiday in Ski Valley"
1965The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Peggy DurranceEpisode: "The Gazebo in the Maze Affair"
1965GidgetJean2 episodes
1965-1966Please Don't Eat the DaisiesDorie2 episodes
1966The MunstersJaniceEpisode: "Herman's Sorority Caper"
1974The LawBobbie Stone
1977The Love BoatStacy SkogstadEpisode: "The Captain and the Lady/One If by Land/Centerfold"
1978A Guide for the Married WomanShirley
1979Breaking Up Is Hard to DoGail
1980Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. SangerMargaret Sanger
1983Your Place... or MineAlexandra
1975-1984One Day at a TimeAnn Romano208 episodes
TV Land Award - Innovator Award (2012)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1982)
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1982-1983)
Nominated -TV Land Award - The "She Works Hard for the Money" Award (Favorite Working Mom) (2007)
Nominated -TV Land Award - Mad Ad Man (or Woman) of the Year (2008)
1987Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night LadiesSister Margaret
1994Burke's LawTheresa St. ClaireEpisode: "Who Killed the Soap Star?"
1996Almost PerfectMary Ryan2 episodes
2000Touched by an AngelCarol Anne LarkinEpisode: "Reasonable Doubt"
2011Hot in ClevelandAgnieszkaEpisode: "Bad Bromance"
2012The Young and the RestlessSister CelesteCameo appearance


  1. ^ a b c Robert Berkvist (1970-04-26). "Larceny by Bonnie". New York Times. 
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  3. ^ Peer J. Oppenheimer (1977-05-01). "Boonie Franklin knows where she's going". The Tuscaloosa News.,391681. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  4. ^ Knight Ridder (1979-09-03). "'Special Child' Bonnie Franklin Turned Out Fine". The Evening Independent.,268960. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  5. ^ a b c Nancy Mills (1987-01-17). "Franklin Still Making Noise, One Role at a Time". Los Angeles Times. p. Entertainment, 1. 
  6. ^ Norman Dash (1961-06-11). "Optimistic Feeling". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ "Names in the News". Los Angeles Times. 1960-11-06. 
  8. ^ "Marvin Minoff obituary". The Los Angeles Times. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  9. ^ a b "Producer Marvin Minoff dies at 78 - Worked on Frost-Nixon TV interview specials". Variety Magazine. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  10. ^ "'One Day at a Time' Star Bonnie Franklin Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer", The Hollywood Reporter, September 24, 2012
  11. ^ "Bonnie Franklin Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer", People, September 24, 2012
  12. ^ TV Land website
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  15. ^ Pasadena Weekly excerpt re CCAP

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