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TV Diary: Bonnie Franklin possesses wide range of talent

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 12:01 am

I heard the news last week. Bonnie Franklin is fighting pancreatic cancer. The red-headed actress who starred as Ann Romano on “One Day at a Time” for nine seasons also is an accomplished Broadway star.

I am amazed at her range of talent, and convinced the size of the package (yes, I am referring to her short stature) is not necessarily an indication of what she is capable of doing.

While she is receiving treatment, the family has requested privacy. If anyone will give a good fight, Franklin will.

Let's see what you remember about Franklin:

1. “One Day at a Time” took place in which U.S. city?

2. Franklin starred as which famous female-rights activist in a 1980 TV movie?

3. She guest-starred on “The Love Boat” as which character's ex-wife?

4. How many times was Franklin nominated for an Emmy Award for her role on “One Day at a Time?”

5. She received a Theatre World Award in 1970 for her role in which Broadway musical?

6. How tall is she?

7. Franklin last starred on TV as Sister Celeste on which daytime soap opera?

Answers: 1. Indianapolis. 2. “Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger” (about sex educator Margaret Sanger). 3. Capt. Stubing's ex-wife, Stacy Skogstad. 4. One time. 5. “Applause,” which was her Broadway debut. 6. 5-foot, 3-inches. 7. “The Young and the Restless.”