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One Day at a Time Star Bonnie Franklin Has Died

Celebrities attend the 10th Annual TV Land Awards at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City.

Bonnie Franklin, who played divorced single mom Ann Romano for nine seasons on Norman Lear's One Day at a Time, has died, according to the Associated Press and multiple reports. She was 69 and passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Franklin's Ms. Romano was part of a wave of strong female TV icons that rose up during the seventies and eighties: Maude Findlay, Alice Hyatt, Florida Evans, Mary Richards. What was special about One Day at a Time was that Franklin played a single mom by choice (she was one of the earliest small screen divorcees), and that the show never sugar-coated the challenges of raising kids solo. Those of us who grew up in the seventies being raised by single moms greatly appreciated Ms. Romano (and Franklin).

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