Just learned the sad news last night that one of entertainment's finest, Bonnie Franklin has passed away, after a fight against pancreatic cancer. Over the years I have enjoyed Ms Franklin on television, was fortunate to see her in Applause, and personally know her step-daughter. I've been a great fan of her positive attitude, her giving back, and her love of life, and was shocked to hear of her death.
Last year she was part of a huge fundraiser benefitting AIDS Project Los Angeles. She also founded a wonderful organization, Bonnie Franklin’s Classic and Contemporary American Plays, that brings theatre to LA schoolchildren. She also gave to various other charities on a regular basis including The Stroke Association of Southern California, Women’s Right to Choose, and The Epilepsy Foundation, and even her performances were a joyous gift.
The theme song to her hit tv program One Day At A Time, has some brilliant words (written by John and Nancy Barry) which I think most have also been Bonnie Franklin's personal theme, because it sure seems a perfect description of how she led her life: "So while you're here enjoy the view - Keep on doing what you do - So hold on tight we'll muddle through - One day at a time, One day at a time."
Thanks for all the joy Ms Franklin. My condolences to dear Julie and all of your family. May we all carry the same wonderful philosophy - While you're here enjoy the view!