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Bonnie Franklin, Star of "One Day at a Time" Dies of Prancreatic Cancer at 69

(LOS ANGELES) -- Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImageBonnie Franklin, best known for her role as a single mom on the '70s-'80s sitcom One Day at a Time died at her Los Angeles home Friday morning surrounded by her family of complications from pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed last August. She was 69 years old.

The actress revealed her diagnosis in September, and that she was undergoing treatment.

On One Day at a Time, which was developed by Norman Lear and aired from 1975 to 1984, Franklin was groundbreaking as Ann Romano, the single mother of two daughters, who were played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips.

The show was an anthem for a generation grappling with difficult issues never portrayed before on a sitcom. When the show was in its prime, millions tuned into watch TV's first realistic portrayal of a divorced mother struggling to raise her teenage daughters.

"The truth of the matter was...we were reflecting what was out there. It just hadn't been on television before," Franklin told ABC’s Good Morning America last year when the cast reunited. "You can do all these heavyweight subjects that are important, but you have got to do it with humor."

Franklin was nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her role on the show. She also directed two episodes.

Franklin was born January 6, 1944, in Santa Monica, California. Her mother and father were Jewish immigrants, from Romania and Russia respectively. She got her start on television at age 9 tap dancing with Donald O'Connor on the Colgate Comedy Hour.

Before her role in One Day at a Time, she starred in several theater productions in New York, even earning a Tony nomination in 1970 for her show-stopping performance in the original production of the Broadway musical Applause.

The actress was married to playwright Ronald Sossi from 1967 to 1970. She married film producer Marvin Minoff in 1980 after they worked on the movie Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger, together. Their marriage lasted until Minoff's death in 2009. Franklin had no children.

A private memorial service will be held Monday.

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Year in Review: Celebrity Deaths in 2010

Gary Coleman. Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here's a review of some of the more notable Hollywood passings of 2010:

Child star Gary Coleman, who was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the TV series Diff’rent Strokes, died on May 28 of a brain hemorrhage following a fall at his home in Utah.  Arnold's frequent question on the show -- "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" -- became a national catchphrase.  Coleman was 42 at the time of his death.

Actress Barbara Billingsley, who played matriarch June Cleaver on the classic TV series Leave It to Beaver, passed away Oct. 16 at the age of 94.

Actor Tom Bosley, best known for his role as Mr. C. on TV's Happy Days, died Oct. 19 at the age of 83.

Pernell Roberts, who starred on the long-running TV western Bonanza and the 1980s TV series Trapper John, M.D., died of cancer Jan. 24 at the age of 81.

Little House on the Prairie actor Merlin Olsen died March 11 at the age of 69.  Before launching his acting career, Olsen was a pro football player who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Fess Parker, who portrayed Davy Crockett on TV and in later years opened a California winery, died March 18.  He was 85.

On Oct. 28, James MacArthur, the actor who played Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on the original Hawaii Five-O, died at the age of 72.

Peter Graves, the star of TV's Mission: Impossible and the breakthrough comedy Airplane!, died March 14 at the age of 83.

Leslie Nielsen, one of Graves' co-stars in Airplane!, died Nov. 28 at a Florida hospital of complications of pneumonia at the age of 84.  Nielsen was a dramatic actor for years before finding fame as a comedic star in Airplane! and The Naked Gun series of films.

Hollywood veteran Tony Curtis died Sept. 29.  The Oscar-nominated star of such films as Some Like It Hot, The Defiant Ones, and Spartacus was also the father of Jamie Lee Curtis.  He was 85.

Actor Robert Culp died on March 24 at the age of 79.  Culp starred in 1960s' TV series I Spy and the 1980s' series The Greatest American Hero.  Culp was 79.

Kevin McCarthy, the actor who tried to save his fellow humans from aliens in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie, died Sept. 11 at the age of 96.

Actor Harold Gould, best known for playing Kid Twist in The Sting and Valerie Harper's father on Rhoda, also died on Sept. 11.  He was 86.

Actor Dennis Hopper died May 29 at the age of 74 after a battle with prostate cancer.  Hopper directed, co-wrote and starred in 1969's Easy Rider, which also featured Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.  Hopper's career also included roles in Hoosiers, Blue Velvet, and Speed.

Corey Haim, the 1980s heartthrob and actor in the movie The Lost Boys, died from complications of pneumonia on March 10 at the age of 38.

John Forsythe, the veteran actor who provided the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels and played oil tycoon Blake Carrington in Dynasty, died April 1 after a battle with cancer.  Forsythe was 92.

Actress Gloria Stuart died on Sept. 26 at the age of 100.  Stuart is best known for her role as the elderly Rose in the movie Titanic.

Jill Clayburgh, the actress who earned Oscar nominations for the 1970s films An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over, died Nov. 5.  Clayburgh, who'd been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, was 66.

Lynn Redgrave died May 2 at the age of 67.  She received Oscar nominations for Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters and was a member of Redgrave acting dynasty.

Jean Simmons, the Oscar-nominated star of Hamlet and The Happy Ending, died Jan. 22 at the age of 80 after a battle with lung cancer.  Simmons career also included roles in Spartacus and Elmer Gantry.

Zelda Rubinstein, the diminutive actress who appeared in the Poltergeist movies, died Jan. 27 at the age of 76.

Actress Patricia Neal died Aug. 8 at the age of 84.  Neal starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's and won an Oscar for her role in Hud.

Dixie Carter, the actress who starred in TV's Designing Women, Family Law and Diff’rent Strokes, died April 10 from complications of endometrial cancer.  Carter was 70.

Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning Golden Girls actress, died of a brain hemorrhage June 3 at the age of 76.

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Year in Review: Music Industry Greats Who Died in 2010

Teddy Pendergrass. Photo Courtesy - David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here are some of the musical greats we lost in 2010:

Ronnie James Dio, 67, singer, Black Sabbath, Dio, Elf, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell, May 16, stomach cancer.

Lena Horne, 92, singer, actress, May 9, heart failure.

Marvin Isley, 56, bassist for the Isley Brothers, June 6, complications from diabetes.

Paul Gray, 38, bassist for Slipknot, May 24, morphine overdose.

Jimmy Dean, 81, country music singer and sausage entrepreneur, June 13, natural causes.

Guru, 48, rapper in the group Gang Starr, April 19, cancer.

Willie Mitchell, 81, produced records for artists including Al Green and Ann Peebles, Jan. 5, cardiac arrest.

Teddy Pendergrass, 59, singer, Jan. 13, respiratory failure.

Kate McGarrigle, 63, singer/songwriter, mother of Rufus Wainwright, Jan. 18, cancer.

Peter Steele, 48, lead singer, bassist of Type O Negative, April 14, heart failure.

T. Bone Wolk, 58, longtime bassist for Hall & Oates, Feb. 28, heart attack.

Michael Been, 60, lead singer of The Call, Aug. 19, heart attack.

Jay Reatard, 29, lead singer, guitarist of The Reatards, solo artist, Jan. 13, drug overdose.

Malcolm McLaren, 64, punk impresario, manager of the Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, April 8, mesothelioma.

Doug Fieger, 57, frontman of The Knack, Feb. 14, cancer.

Alex Chilton, 59, lead singer of Big Star, the Box Tops, March 17, heart attack.

Ari Up, 48, singer of punk band The Slits, stepdaughter of Johnny Rotten, Oct. 20, cancer.

Peter Quaife, 66, bassist of The Kinks, June 23, complications due to kidney disease.

Mick Green, 66, English guitarist of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Jan. 11,  complications due to heart problems.

Ali "Ollie" Woodson, 58, former singer of The Temptations, May 30, cancer.

Bill Aucoin, 66, former manager of Kiss, June 28, complications from prostate cancer.

Ron Banks, 58, singer, founding member of the Dramatics, March 4, heart attack.

Solomon Burke, 70, blues and soul singer/songwriter, Oct. 10, natural causes.

Gregory Issacs, 59, reggae singer, Oct. 25, lung cancer.

Captain Beefheart, 69, avant-garde rock singer, painter, Dec. 17, multiple sclerosis.

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