Bonnie Franklin, the actress who starred in the 70s sitcom One Day at a Time, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to USA Today. Sixty-eight-year-old Franklin — who also appeared on such television shows as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Please Don’t Eat The Daisies, and Gidget — is currently undergoing treatment to battle the disease.
Yahoo! News reports that Bonnie Franklin’s family released a statement through CBS news, explaining that they remain “extremely positive” about the actress’ treatment. However, while Franklin is expected to maintain her normal schedule, the family is asking that people respect her privacy during this troubling time in her life.
To show support for Bonnie Franklin during her struggle with pancreatic cancer, actress Mackenzie Phillips issued a compassionate tweet to her on-screen mother. “Sending out love and sweet prayers to my ‘mom.’ The incomparable Bonnie Franklin,” she said in the post.
According to People, Phillips and Franklin’s sitcom One Day at a Time, which also co-starred Valerie Bertinelli, ran from 1975 until 1984. At the time of the show’s cancellation, Franklin was ready to part ways with the program. Her decision to leave, coupled with the show’s increasingly low ratings, prompted the network to drop the situation comedy about a single mom and her daily adventures with her two daughters.
Following the television movie Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies, Bonnie Franklin took a break from acting until 1994, when she appeared on an episode of the Nancy Travis comedy Almost Perfect. After lending her talents to an episode of Touched by an Angel in 2000, Franklin famously appeared on Hot in Cleveland in 2011, which found the actress reuniting with her on-screen daughter Valerie Bertinelli. Since then, she has also loaned her talents to the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless.
The Inquisitr wishes Bonnie Franklin a quick recovery from her battle with pancreatic cancer. Are you a fan of the actress’ work?