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Bonnie Franklin: 5 Hot-Button Issues ‘One Day at a Time’ Took On
Posted By Patrick Kiger On March 1, 2013 @ 4:37 pm In Legacy | No Comments
Actress Bonnie Franklin, who died on March 1 at age 69 in Los Angeles, was a television trailblazer in the Norman Lear-Allan Manings sitcom One Day at a Time, which had a nearly nine-year run on CBS from 1975 to 1984. Franklin wasn’t the first to portray a divorced woman on TV, but as Ann Romano, a mother of two teenage daughters who moved to Indianapolis to get a fresh start after her marital breakup, her struggle to reinvent herself in her mid-thirties was more realistic than previous portrayals.
As Franklin herself explained about her character in a 1975 interview: “Since she went right from high school into marriage, she has no real experience in the outside world, and at 34, is just beginning to lead a new life. Thankfully, she’s not a caricature…. we have a baseline of a very dramatic show, and out of that comes the comedy.”
But as was typical of Lear’s reinvention of the sitcom as social commentary, One Day at a Time also gave Franklin an opportunity to tackle some hot-button issues. Here are five of the most controversial subjects dealt with on the show:
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