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'One Day at a Time' star Bonnie Franklin dies (VIDEO)


Bonnie Franklin performs at The 4th Annual S.T.A.G.E. Event on Oct. 25, 2003, in Los Angeles.


Giulio Marcocchi

"One Day at a Time" star Bonnie Franklin is dead following a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Franklin, 69, died today from complications of the disease at her home in Los Angeles, her family confirmed to The Associated Press.

She was diagnosed with cancer in September 2012.

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A Tony Award nominee, Franklin is perhaps best remembered for her role as an independent-minded divorcee with two teenager daughters on "One Day at a Time," which aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984, according to the Washington Post.

Valerie Bertinelli, who played one of Franklin's daughters, told CNN her "heart is breaking" at the news.

"Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me," Bertinelli told CNN. "She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself."

The two reunited on the small screen in 2011 when the Franklin played the mother of Bertinelli's character's boyfriend on Hot in Cleveland, according to