Bye, Bye Bonnie Franklin


She played a Broadway gypsy in the 1970 hit musical Applause and managed to get noticed even though Lauren Bacall was filling the stage with her throaty star turn.

She was Ann Romano on the smash TV series One Day at a Time (1975-84) on which she dealt with two growing daughters and a terrible hairdo, somehow managing to give “cute” a good name in the process.

And years later, I saw her cabaret act and was at first stymied by the fact that she didn’t include lots of biographical material and career tidbits the way everyone else does, but then came to admire the fact that she was just saying “This is me. Hear me sing.”

She has died, as a result of pancreatic cancer.

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