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Short Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 6, 1944
DiedMarch 1, 2013, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseMarvin Minoff (m. 1980–2009), Ronald Sossi (m. 1967–1970)
MarkDeep sultry voice.
FactShe once said that because of her red hair and freckles, fans have a hard time believing that she is Jewish.

Bonnie Franklin, best known for her starring role on the hit television series One Day at a Time, was born on January 6, 1944 in Santa Monica, California. Her parents, Sam and Claire Franklin, were both successful Hollywood agents. Bonnie has two older sisters, Barbara and Beverly. She was educated at the prestigious Beverly Hills High School, where she was a cheerleader and member of the drama club. After graduation, she attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where she studied drama.

Franklin’s first professional acting job was in a 1967 episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. She went on to guest star on such popular television shows as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Hart to Hart. In 1975, she landed the role of Ann Romano on One Day at a Time. The show was an instant hit, and Franklin became a household name. She starred on the show for nine seasons, until it was cancelled in 1984.

After One Day at a Time ended, Franklin appeared in a number of made-for-television movies and guest-starred on several television series. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut in the play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. In recent years, she has appeared on such shows as Hot in Cleveland and The Young and the Restless.

Franklin has been married twice. Her first marriage, to Marvin Minoff, ended in divorce after just two years. Her second marriage, to film producer Marvin Rosenblum, lasted from 1982 until his death in 2009. She has no children.

Franklin has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Awards. In 2010, she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Franklin has an estimated net worth of $8 million.

General Info

Full NameBonnie Franklin
Date Of BirthJanuary 6, 1944
DiedMarch 1, 2013, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.6 m
ProfessionActor, Television Director
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Smith College, Beverly Hills High School


SpouseMarvin Minoff (m. 1980–2009), Ronald Sossi (m. 1967–1970)
ParentsSamuel Benjamin Franklin, Claire Hersch Franklin
SiblingsVictoria Kupetz, Judith Bush, Bernard Franklin, Richard Franklin


AwardsTV Land Innovator Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Performances
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, TV Land "She Works Hard for the Money" Award, TV Land Mad Ad Man (or Woman) of th...
MoviesA Guide for the Married Woman, Invisible Diplomats, Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue, I Hate to Exercise, I Love to Tap, The Law
TV ShowsOne Day at a Time

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#Marks / Signs
1Her freckles.
2Deep sultry voice.
3Short stature
4Short red hair and blue eyes


1[On theatre acting] I started on the stage. That's where I'm comfortable. That's where I'm the most happiest. It's a totally different technique on film. I just know that (the stage) is where I'm able to do it best. And because of that, I'm happier in this thing.
2[1981] I'm not working with insensitive men. But the men who produce and write the show still don't believe me when I present them with the women's point of view. After seven years, I just want to say, 'C'mon guys, I'm an intelligent person, why don't you just trust me?' I'm so tired of fighting. But you can't give up.
3[re 'One Day' show, 1980:] I know it's just a television show, and I don't think that I am changing the way the world is structured [but] sometimes we strike chords that do make people think a bit.
4It's been pretty much 50-50 between the acting and the singing. The stuff I've done on stage has been so bloody exciting. The roles are just extraordinary. To play a person who is drunk, or angry, or English, or blind, to have that kind of stretch--when you're over 40, that's the exact time of the really great, meaty roles for women in theater. It's a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of that part of the business.
5[as to whether she knew that One Day at a Time (1975) was going to be a hit or not]: As soon as we went on the air we started receiving a lot of letters. The letters were saying, 'This is my life. This is what I'm going through. This is what my mother is like.' And so we pretty quickly got the idea that we were touching something.
6[In 2004, she reviewed clips from One Day at a Time (1975)] "When I looked at the tapes, I remember thinking how thin I looked. At the time, I was always saying, 'I need to lose weight, I need to lose 10 pounds'."


1Maternal Aunt of Shoshana Bush, Joshua Bush, Adam Bush, Dan Kupetz, and Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz,.
2One year after her own death, her mother, Claire Franklin, who lived to be 102, died on 7 June 2014.
3Long lives ran in her family.
4Step-mother of Jef Minoff and Julie Minoff.
5Appears in "Grace & Glorie" as Gloria, Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, Maine, USA. (through 19 July); Cape Cod Playhouse, Dennis, Massachusetts, USA. (21 July to 3 August). [July 1997]
6Appeared in "Double Act", with Keir Dullea, at American State Festival, Milford, CT. [July 1998]
7Performing in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", at the Public Theater, Pittsburgh, PA. [March 1999]
8Performing the role of "Gloria" in "Grace and Glorie", at the Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, NY. [March 1998]
9Her Acting Mentor was Actor Donald O'Connor.
10Stepmother of Jed Minoff and Julie Minoff.
11She was a staunch liberal Democrat.
12Is buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California beside her husband.
13In 2001, she and her sister, Judy Franklin Bush, founded the nonprofit "Classic and Contemporary American Plays", an organization that introduces great American plays to inner-city schools' curriculum.
14Was reunited with ex-One Day at a Time (1975) co-star, Valerie Bertinelli on an episode of Hot in Cleveland (2010).
15She was one of the two stars to have appeared in every episode of One Day at a Time (1975), with the exception of 1 in the last season.
16Her agent, for 15 years, was Robert Malcolm.
17Acting mentor and friend of Valerie Bertinelli.
18Has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer [September 24, 2012].
19Second wife and widow of Marvin Minoff.
20Was the understudy for Sandy Duncan in the 1968 off-Broadway show, "Your Own Thing". She was often mistaken for Duncan at the time.
21Her series, One Day at a Time (1975), was canceled at the end of the ninth season, because of low ratings and Franklin decided to leave the show.
22She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1961, and was admitted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
23Remained friends with her former co-stars from One Day at a Time (1975), until the time of her death.
24She attended Beverly Hills High School, whose famous alumni included Michael Lembeck, Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Corbin Bernsen, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman and Richard Dreyfuss.
25She won a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination in 1970 for the Broadway musical, "Applause".
26She once said that because of her red hair and freckles, fans have a hard time believing that she is Jewish.
27Began acting as a child.




The Young and the Restless2012TV SeriesSister Celeste
Hot in Cleveland2011TV SeriesAgnieszka
Touched by an Angel2000TV SeriesCarol Anne Larkin
Almost Perfect1996TV SeriesMary Ryan
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesTheresa St. Claire
Hearts Are Wild1992TV SeriesGloria McKenzie
Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies1987TV MovieSister Margaret
Shalom Sesame1987TV SeriesSpecial Guest (1987)
One Day at a Time1975-1984TV SeriesAnn Romano Ann Romano Royer
Your Place... or Mine1983TV MovieAlexandra
Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger1980TV MovieMargaret Sanger
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do1979TV MovieGail
A Guide for the Married Woman1978TV MovieShirley
All-Star Comedy Ice Revue1978TV Movie
The Love Boat1977TV SeriesStacy Skogstad, Captain's Ex-Wife
Bronk1975TV Series
The Law1974TV MovieBobbie Stone
Please Don't Eat the Daisies1965-1966TV SeriesDorie
The Munsters1966TV SeriesJanice
Invisible Diplomats1965ShortTrudy
Gidget1965TV SeriesJean / Janie
Hazel1965TV SeriesGirl dreamer open house looker
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1965TV SeriesPeggy Durrance
Karen1965TV SeriesCharlotte Burns
Profiles in Courage1965TV SeriesDeborah
You're the Judge1965ShortSally
Mr. Novak1964TV SeriesSally
A Summer Place1959Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Cavalcade of America1957TV Series
The Wrong Man1956Young Girl (uncredited)
The Kettles in the Ozarks1956Betty (uncredited)
Shower of Stars1954TV SeriesSusan Cratchit
The Donald O'Connor Show1954TV Series


The Munsters Today1988-1990TV Series 12 episodes
Charles in Charge1988TV Series 1 episode
Karen's Song1987TV Series 2 episodes
One Day at a Time1984TV Series 2 episodes


The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV Special performer: "How Long Has This Been Going On?", "Off Thee I Sing", "Clap Yo' Hands"
Parade of Stars1983TV Movie performer: "Applause"
One Day at a Time1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV Special performer: "Applause/Welcome to the Theatre"


Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHerself
10th Annual TV Land Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Inside the Business of Acting2010TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Today2008TV SeriesHerself
Good Day Live2005TV SeriesHerself
The One Day at a Time Reunion2005TV MovieHerself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHerself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 42000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHerself - Co-Star, 'One Day at a Time'
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
Comedy Zone1984TV SeriesHerself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Parade of Stars1983TV MovieHerself
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
Divorce: Kids in the Middle1983TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHerself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Presenter
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHerself
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny1982TV MovieHerself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself
Bonnie & the Franklins1982TV MovieHerself / hostess
Musical Comedy Tonight II1981TV MovieHerself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHerself
Bob Hope's Merry All-Star Christmas Special1979TV MovieHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1977-1979TV SeriesHerself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama Series
The Hal Linden Special1979TV MovieHerself
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour1979TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud1979TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHerself
People1978TV SeriesHerself
Match Game 731976-1978TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Betty White1978TV SpecialHerself - Comedian
CBS: On the Air1978TV Mini-Series documentaryCo-host - part VI
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHerself
CBS Galaxy1977TV SpecialHerself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares1976-1977TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Choreographer
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Male Television Performer
Match Game PM1975TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Performer and Nominee: Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Classic Educational Shorts: How to Be a Woman1955DocumentaryJudge

Archive Footage

Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
Entertainment Tonight2013-2016TV SeriesHerself
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Actor (In Memoriam)
The 67th Annual Tony Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actor (In Memoriam)
TV's Greatest Sidekicks2004TV Special


Nominated Awards

2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMad Ad Man (or Woman) of the YearOne Day at a Time (1975)
2007TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsThe "She Works Hard for the Money" Award (Favorite Working Mom)One Day at a Time (1975)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalOne Day at a Time (1975)
1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalOne Day at a Time (1975)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesOne Day at a Time (1975)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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