Bonnie Franklin, the spunky, ginger-haired stage performer who became best remembered as the independent-minded divorcee with two teenage daughters on the long-running sitcom “One Day at a Time,” died March 1 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 69.
Ms. Franklin announced in September 2012 that she was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. Family members confirmed the death.
“One Day at a Time,” which was produced by Norman Lear and aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984, resonated with audiences at a time when divorce rates were climbing and the stigma of divorce was diminishing. The show was a comedy, but it also touched on the emotion and economic toll of divorce in an era when women were beginning to have greater career opportunities.
Ms. Franklin’s character, Ann Romano, struggles to raise two daughters (played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli) while working in the advertising business in Indianapolis. She tries with mixed success to console her daughters after their panic attacks and rash decisions involving boys. And she rolls her eyes at the farcically macho come-ons supplied by the seedy building superintendent (Pat Harrington Jr.).