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  • Trivia

    • Bonnie was nominated for a TONY Award for the musical in 1970.

    • Bonnie's last scripted television credit, and only one (so far) of the 21st century, was on the "Reasonable Doubt" episode of Touched by an Angel, which aired in 2000.

    • While her television work was sporadic in the '90s Bonnie appeared in many regional and local theatre productions.

    • In 2007 Bonnie was nominated for the "She Works Hard for the Money Award (Best Working Mom) at the TV Land Awards.

    • Despite being on of TV's best remembered moms, Bonnie has no children of her own, despite almost forty years of marriage.

    • Bonnie was "discovered" by Norman Lear who spotted her on Broadway, during her 1970 run in Applause.

    • Bonnie's "Anne Romano" character was television's first divorced woman to be the center of a hit show. Previously TV had seen Mary Richards (marital status left deliberately vague) and Lee Grant, whose Fay had debuted a few months prior on NBC but was gone by the time "One Day" debuted in December, 1975.

    • Bonnie made her TV debut at age 12 in an Alfred Hitchcock made-for-television movie The Wrong Man in 1956.

    • Bonnie has claimed in interviews that because of her red hair and freckles people have a hard time believing she is Jewish.

  • Quotes

    • Bonnie Franklin: (Discussing problems in her first marriage to Ron Sossi) We were very much in love. But then I made this discovery. There was something I needed to do that had nothing to do with cooking meals and having babies. I developed this incredible guilt about not being your usual little housewife, and my sinuses started acting up.

    • Bonnie Franklin: (While reviewing tapes of "One Day" for a 2004 special) When I looked at the tapes, I remember thinking how thin I looked. At the time, I was always saying, 'I need to lose weight', 'I need to lose 10 pounds'.