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Bonnie Franklin is best known for playing Ann Romano, a loving but tough divorced mother on the hit television show One Day at a Time.
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That same year, she joined with her One Day at a Time costars for a television reunion special.
Bonnie Franklin died in Los Angeles, California, on March 1, 2013, from pancreatic cancer. She was survived by her husband, producer Marvin Minoff, whom she married in 1980. (Her first marriage, to Ron Sossi, lasted from 1967 to 1970.)
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