So what does all of this have to do with the late Bonnie Franklin, who passed away yesterday after a battle with pancreatic cancer? It was the first time I found out that people on TV also did BROADWAY! It never occurred to me that actors did anything filmed AND did things live on stage. Ms. Franklin lit up a whole new world for me. In 1981, you see, she was at the height of her fame and popularity as Ann Romano in the hit show One Day at a Time, a show my family never missed. (My mother felt it was important that we learn about social issues - we also watched A LOT of All in the Family and The Jeffersons.) So, one night early in the TV season, I had just gotten my Applause album, and One Day at a Time was on. A light bulb went off! Bonnie Franklin was on TV and there was her name on the cover of my record!
|The Cast of One Day at a Time|
|Bonnie Franklin recreates "Applause" in LA's|
Original Cast 3
From that moment on, part of the fun of collecting past cast recordings was finding names of people in the cast that I knew from TV. I am embarrassed to admit that it was several YEARS until I figured out that Bonnie's leading lady in Applause, Lauren Bacall, was a major movie icon. To me, she was just the lady from Applause and Woman of the Year!
Rest in Peace.