Franklin died Friday at her home in Los Angeles. Her family announced in September that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was undergoing treatment.
Franklin was nominated for an Emmy Award and two Golden Globes for her work as Ann Romano on ONE DAY AT A TIME, which aired on CBS from December 1975 to May 1984.
“As soon as we went on the air we started receiving a lot of letters,” Franklin once said. “The letters were saying, ‘This is my life. This is what I’m going through. This is what my mother is like.’ And so we pretty quickly got the idea that we were touching something.”
Franklin, whose father was an investment banker in Los Angeles and founder of the Beverly Hills chapter of B’nai B’rith, was born in Santa Monica on Jan. 6, 1944. She appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour at age 9 and had a small role in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man (1956).
After attending Beverly Hills High School and then UCLA as an English major, she served as an understudy for Sandy Duncan in the 1968 off-Broadway show "Your Own Thing," then bowed on Broadway opposite Lauren Bacall and Len Cariou in "Applause," a musical version of the 1950 movie All About Eve.
Franklin’s credits also included recurring roles on the 1960s sitcoms GIDGET and PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES and guest turns on such shows as THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE MUNSTERS, THE LOVE BOAT and TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. She reunited with Bertinelli on HOT IN CLEVELAND and appeared on the daytime soap THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as Sister Celeste in 2012.
Franklin was devoted and longtime activist for a wide range of charities and civic-oriented issues, among them AIDS care and research and The Stroke Association of Southern California.
In 2001, along with her sister Judy, she founded the nonprofit organization CCAP (Classic and Contemporary American Plays). Partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District, CCAP’s mission is to introduce and implement great American plays into inner city schools’ curriculum.
In addition to Judy, survivors include her mother Claire; stepchildren Jed and Julie; grandchildren Maya and Natasha; godson Adam; sister Victoria; and brothers Bernard and Richard.
A private memorial will be held next week. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to CCAP (11684 Ventura Blvd. #437, Studio City, CA 91604).