Hollywood Remembers 'One Day at a Time' Actress Bonnie Franklin

Co-stars and friends recall actress' trailblazing role as single mother in 1970s sitcom.
1:23 | 03/02/13

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Transcript for Hollywood Remembers 'One Day at a Time' Actress Bonnie Franklin
We reported last night here on the loss of an american actress who defined the role of a single mother. Before anyone else had. Abc's tanya rivero tonight here with bonnie franklin in her own words. ♪ This is it this is it ♪ Reporter: For nine seasons, bonnie franklin played divorcee ann romano, becoming america's first single mom pop icon. Divorce was against anything I had been taught. Reporter: To 1970's audience, her character was revolutionary, showing divorce in all of its messiest while raising two daughters on her own. Franklin told "good morning america" just last year -- we were reflecting what was out there. Reporter: She took her sitcom role seriously. We had a certainly responsibility to be as honest and truthful as we could. Reporter: Her tv daughters saying tonight, "my heart is breaking. Bonnie was a second mother to me." And "she was just full of light and love." Bonnie will be very much missed. Missed by so many for whom franklin was a comforting redheaded beacon ahead of her time. Stick with me, huh? We'll make it. I promise.

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