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Bonnie Franklin, the pert, redheaded actress who won fame as a divorced mom on the long-running TV sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died.

Franklin's family announced in September of last year that she had pancreatic cancer.

She was a veteran stage and TV actress before "One Day at a Time" premiered in 1975 -- but the show made her a star.

The series ran on CBS for nine seasons, spending most of them as a Top 20 hit.

She played a single mother raising two teenage girls, played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips.

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Franklin herself was married for 29 years. Her husband, TV producer Marvin Minoff, died in 2009.

Bonnie Franklin was 69 years old.

 

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