Bonnie Franklin, the actress who created an indelible TV character playing a divorced working mother of two headstrong daughters on the long-running series “One Day at a Time,” died Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 69. The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer, her family announced.
By the mid-1970s, Franklin was a theater veteran who had earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical “Applause” when she was offered a different kind of TV role.
Developed by Norman Lear, the new CBS series told the story of Ann Romano, a divorced woman in her 30s raising two teenagers and building a new life in Indianapolis. The role, like those of other characters in Lear’s sitcoms, was infused with social realism.
The show’s run from 1975 to 1984 made its tenure among the longest of Lear’s series. Ann and her daughters, Julie and Barbara Cooper (Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli), used comedy to grapple with such serious issues as teen sex, birth control and infidelity.
Save the date for Petty, and Avett Fest
All of a sudden, June 29 is one of the busiest days for summer concerts this year. A day after Target Center confirmed Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers for that date, Somerset (Wis.) Amphitheater revealed plans Friday for Avett Fest, a four-band lineup built around rootsy North Carolina pickers the Avett Brothers. The top draw at last summer’s Basilica Block Party, the Avetts will be joined by Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog and the Wheeler Brothers. Tickets go on sale March 8 at 10 a.m. for $47-$77 via Ticketfly.com or the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis. Petty tickets will be available March 15 at 10 a.m. through AXS.com or Target Center’s box office for $25-$99.50.
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