‘One Day at a Time’ TV Mom Bonnie Franklin dies at Age 69, Rest in Peace

‘One Day at a Time’ mom Anne Romano dies …

Bonnie Franklin, better known to many as Ann Romano, the divorced working mother with two teen daughters, in Norman Lear’s groundbreaking sitcom ‘One Day at a Time’ has passed away at the age of 69 from complications of pancreatic cancer. In September 2012 it was made public that Bonnie has been diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer. Sadly, she lost that battle Friday night.  Bonnie Franklin played a divorced woman in her 30′s who was raising two teenagers and building a new life for herself in her hometown of Indianapolis. Probably at the time I never realized the sitcoms ground breaking role because I was too busy having a crush on Valerie Bertinelli, Barbara Cooper. However, the show tackled many of the day to day issues of a divorced mom that was happening all too often in the 70′s. On a personal note, I actually had the opportunity to meet Bonnie Franklin as I knew an individual in New Jersey that was close friends with her. She came across and an extremely nice person. Sadly, cancer has taken another life.

Rest in Peace 

Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips and Pat Harrington Jr. of ‘One Day At a Time.’ CBS

Bonnie Franklin, the actress who created an indelible television character playing a divorced, working mother of two headstrong daughters on the long-running series “One Day at a Time,” died Friday at her Los Angeles home. She was 69.

The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer, her family announced.

By the mid-1970s, Franklin was a theater veteran who had earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical “Applause” when she was offered a different kind of role, one that was not then the usual fare on network television.

Developed by Norman Lear, the new CBS series would tell the story of Ann Romano, a divorced woman in her 30s who was raising two teenagers and building a new life for herself in her hometown of Indianapolis. Franklin’s character wasn’t the first divorced woman on network television; but the role, like those of other characters in Lear’s groundbreaking sitcoms, was infused with a new level of social realism.

One Day at a Time – ‘Pressure’ (1 of 3)

I was an avid fan of the show that ran from 1975 to 1984. What made the show great was not that it delved into social issues of the day like teen sex, divorce and birth control. The show and the ’One Day at a Time’s’ producer  Normal Lear never forgot one important fact, it was a comedy.

“One Day at a Time” ran from December 1975 to May 1984, and its ratings ranked in the top 20 in eight of those seasons and in the top 10 in four. Ms. Franklin was nominated for an Emmy Award and twice for a Golden Globe.

The show’s topicality fell squarely in the tradition of its developer, Norman Lear, who had gained renown for introducing political and social commentary to situation comedy with “All in the Family” and other shows. Its co-creator was Whitney Blake, a former sitcom star who, as a single mother, had reared the future actress Meredith Baxter.

Like Archie and Edith Bunker in “All in the Family,” Ann and her daughters, Julie and Barbara Cooper (Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli), used comedy in the service of grappling with serious and thorny real-world matters.

Franklin’s TV daughters Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips react to her death.

Bonnie Franklin is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin; stepchildren Jed Minoff and Julie Minoff; two grandchildren; her brothers, Dr. Bernard Franklin and Richard Franklin; and sisters, Victoria Kupetz and Judith Bush.

It is so very sad that cancer, especially pancreatic cancer, is so unforgiving. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer spreads quickly and is often diagnosed too late, when it’s already begun spreading in the body. The following is a list of other actors and celebrities who have recently passed away from pancreatic cancer:

  • Patrick Swayze, star of “Ghost” and “Dirty Dancing” died after a battle with pancreatic cancer in September 2009, at the age of 57.
  • Steve Jobs, the founder and CEO of Apple battled the disease for an estimated seven years before succumbing to pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.
  • Donna Reed was first admitted to the hospital with bleeding ulcers, but screening tests revealed that she was suffering from a tumor in her pancreas. She died of the cancer within six weeks of diagnosis.
  • Ben Gazzara, a long-time dramatic actor, died in early 2012 from pancreatic cancer
  • Fred Gwynne, The actor probably best known as the patriarch on the 1960s television series “The Munsters,” Gwynne died from pancreatic cancer at age 66,
  • Michael Landon, famous for his roles in period Western dramas, like” “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie,” but the actor was also well-known for his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Daytona 500 Grand Marshal James Franco Disses Danica Patrick At Start of Race … “Drivers and Danica, start your engines.”

Just another reason why actors should stick to the script …

Did you miss it yesterday at the start of the Daytona 500? James Franco, the Grand Marshall of the Daytona 500, decided to go off script, added his PC’ness to the starting instruction and botched the entire thing. Instead of saying the obvious, “Gentleman and Danica, start your engines” as obviously Danica Patrick was the only female driver in the race. However, Franco flubbed the line and in doing so dissed Danica when he said, “Drivers and Danica, start your engines.” So I guess Danica is not a driver? The sad part was I actually think that Franco was trying to give Danica a special shout out and botched the it completely. Say, who was that doing the start if the race, Joe Biden?

With all due respect to the haters of Danica Patrick, she is a driver. Last time I checked she won the pole, was the first woman to ever lead a lap in the Daytona 500 and is one of a hand full of drivers to lead a lap in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Face it folks, Danica is finally doing the job on the track and getting the well deserved kudos after having received all of the media attention for her off the track exploits and Go Daddy racy commercials.

In fairness to James Franco, the traditional Daytona 500-opening phrase, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” doesn’t really work, what with Danica Patrick in the pole position and all.

It desperately needed a rewrite and, presumably, got one. So Franco probably meant to say, “Gentlemen and Danica” or “Drivers,” but, like hosting the Oscars, this is a tricky gig. And what came out was all wrong.

When will Hollywood actors ever learn to just stick to the script, they are hardly paid to ad lib.

Hollywood Lefty Ashley Judd Meets With Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as She Contemplates Senate Run In Kentucky Against Mitch McConnell

The celebrity Senate run of Ashley Judd … RUN ASHLEY, RUN!!!

Hollywood actress Ashley Judd met with Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as she contemplates whether she will do a US Senate run against incumbent Republican and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell. Wow, just what the Senate needs, another out of touch, self absorbed, egomaniac. So what exactly is Judd’s qualification to be Senator, her role in ‘Simon Birch’ or ‘Double Jeopardy’? Seriously, other than her celebrity for being an actress, what does she bring to the table? Then again, Barack Obama has shown as that absolute failure gets one reelected. I realize that Democrats think that all the states in the South are the same, but by the way, doesn’t she live in Tennessee?

Actress Ashley Judd privately met with officials at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington earlier this week, as she continues to weigh whether to mount a Senate run against Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, according to two sources familiar with the session.

According to one person familiar with the matter, Tuesday’s meeting was Judd’s first formal one with officials at the DSCC, which coordinates strategy, recruits and fundraises on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates. DSCC officials refused to comment, saying they would not discuss candidate recruitment.

The meeting indicates that the Hollywood movie star and eighth-generation Kentuckian is still seriously weighing a political foray after spending the past several years as an outspoken environmental and liberal activist.

In my personal opinion, Ashley Judd is far too liberal for the politics of Kentucky. If anything, she would galvanize the GOP and Conservatives against her and the Democrats in a midterm election. So by all mean Ashley, run.

Hollywood Liberal Nut Danny Glover Says Second Amendment was Created to Prevent Slave Revolts and Indian Uprisings … So Much for Tyranny

When it comes down to it, when it comes to the Liberal Far Left … It’s always about race.

So much for colleges being institutions of higher education. These days they have simply become a vehicle for the far Left liberal brainwashing agenda.  This week, far left actor Danny Glover told Texas A&M students that the Second Amendment was created to prevent slave revolts and Indian uprisings. Really? So much for it being from the fact that the United States of America just fought a war against an Imperial, totalitarian king. So much for the fact that Our Founding Fathers set up a “Bill of Rights” to protect its citizens from the very government that was put in place. The Second Amendment was created to prevent a US government from taking away our liberties and protect us from government tyranny. I guess one can say that Glover’s reasoning for the First Amendment must be to give him the right to sound like a race-baiting fool.

From Campus Reform:

The Constitution’s Second Amendment was created to bolster slavery and capture land from Native Americans, award winning actor Danny Glover told a group of students at a Texas A&M sponsored event on Thursday.

“I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms,” he said. “The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans.”

“A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the second amendment is,” he continued.

Glover, best known for roles in the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and “Angels in the Outfield,” was addressing students at an event being held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Director of Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center, Luke Altendorf, told Campus Reform on Friday that the university was unaware of Glover’ talking points prior to his speech.Each and every amendment in the

America, you might want to take a real good look at this and think for once, rather than being fed a lie from your government and the corrupt media complex. The Bill of Rights is important in it’s entirety as it protect “We the People” from the government put in place to govern the United States. However, the Second Amendment is the most important because it guarantees that the others will not be taken away. Without having the ability to protect one self from a tyrannical government, what freedoms do you really have?

NBC News/WSJ Poll: National Rifle Association (NRA) More Popular than the Entertainment Industry.

A new NBC News/WSJ poll shows that the NRA is far more popular than the entertainment industry.  In the wake of the  Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT the poll finds that 41% of Americans see the NRA in a positive light, while only 34% view it in a negative light. However, only 24% have positive feelings about the entertainment industry, and 39%  have negative ones. A rather interesting comparison when one looks at President Barack Obama’s recent 23 executive orders on gun control, yet there were no references to anything to deal with curbing the violence spread by the entertainment industry with violence in TV, movies or print. But of course Obama has a chummy relationship with the entertainment industry and has given them a pass.

As Washington prepares for a political battle over the Obama White House’s proposals to curb gun violence after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the National Rifle Association is more popular than the entertainment industry.

Forty-one percent of adults see the NRA — the nation’s top gun lobby — in a positive light, while 34 percent view it in a negative light.

By comparison, just 24 percent have positive feelings about the entertainment industry, and 39 percent have negative ones.

The NRA’s fav/unfav score is virtually unchanged from its 41 percent-to-29 percent rating in the Jan. 2011 NBC/WSJ poll, nearly two years before the Newtown shootings.

 

 

Hollywood Leftist Ben Affleck Says He Will Not Run for US Senate Seat in Massachusetts

The great national wait is over whether Hollywood Leftist actor Ben Affleck says he will not be running for the US Senate seat of Massachusetts. The seat will presumably be up for special election once Sen. John Kerry is approved by the Senate to be the next US Secretary of State. What a load off every one’s mind that Affleck will not be running. We can all sleep now. Of course he is not running for office, its easier to complain about things and be a pseudo political activist on MSNBC rather than actually affect change. Also, there is that little issue about the pay cut.

Ben Affleck is taking his name off the list of possible candidates for U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat, which would be open if the Democratic senator from Massachusetts is confirmed as secretary of state.

Affleck says in a Monday posting on his Facebook page that while he loves the political process, he will not be running for public office.

It is rather interesting and telling when the big mouth Left is presented with an opportunity to put there money career where their mouth is, they decline.

 

Actor Jack Klugman Best Known for Rolls in “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy” Dies in Los Angeles at Age 90

The Odd Couple reunited in Heaven … Jack Klugman passes away at age 90.

Jack Klugman, April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012, Rest in Peace

 Jack Klugman, the legendary TV actor best know for his roles as Oscar Madison, the NYC sportswriter and roommate of Felix Unger in the TV show ‘The Odd Couple’ and the crime fighting medical examiner in ‘Quincy, ME’ has passed away in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 90. The messy and impulsive Klugman was a great contrast Tony Randall in ‘The Odd Couple”. Its hard to believe the show was only on for 5 seasons. Later Klugman would play a crime fighting medical examiner from 1976 to 1983. It was the precursor of the present day CSI shows.  Klugman died with his wife at his side.

“The Odd Couple” … One of the greatest comedies ever! 

Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday, a son said. He was 90.

Klugman, who lost his voice to throat cancer in the 1980s and trained himself to speak again, died with his wife at his side.

“He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it and he would encourage others to do the same,” son Adam Klugman said.

Adam Klugman said he was spending Christmas with his brother, David, and their families. Their father had been convalescing for some time but had apparently died suddenly and they were not sure of the exact cause.

His good friend Tony Randall died in 2004 at age 84.

Christian Cast Member Angus T. Jones of “Two and a Half Men” Tells Fans … “Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth.”

Hmm, and now for something completely different …

Angus T. Jones, a Christian cast member of “Two and a Half Men” tells his fans in the below Youtube video, “Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth.” The actor also went on to say,  ”I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’ and I don’t want to be on it.” I hate to be critical of someone who is basically stating the truth of the demeaning value of a TV show, but  I would ask what is stopping you from leaving and giving up your paycheck if this show and its message gets in the way of your beliefs? Just asking. I understand that the actor is still under contract for another year, but its not like other actors have not left the show … can you say Charlie Sheen and Winning!

Jones has played Jake, a sarcastic kid who lives with his single dad (Jon Cryer), since the hugely successful series launched in 2003. As one of the highest-paid teens, he takes home around $8 million annually, about $350,000 per episode.

From FOX News:

Move over Charlie Sheen, another “Two and a Half Men” controversy is exploding.

Angus T. Jones, who has played the role of Jake Harper, “the half” on the hit CBS show since 2003, is featured in a new video for the Forerunner Christian Church, in which he calls the sitcom “filth” that contradicts his devout Christian values.

That’s not all. The 19-year-old actor, who reportedly earns $350,000 an episode, even urges fans to stop watching.

“I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’ and I don’t want to be on it,” he said. “If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’ please stop watching it and filling your head with filth. People say it’s just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch.” (more)

This dude will have a bit more credibility if he finds a way to break his contract and leaves the show. Until then, it’s just words.

Osama Bin Laden Movie “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” From Obama Mega Donor Harvey Weinstein To Air Weekend Before the 2012 Presidential Election

Oh yeah, because the release of this film has nothing to do with politics and trying to make Obama’s reelection efforts.

Um, the timing on the release of this movie is more than suspect … Under campaign-finance laws the Obama campaign should be made to pay for the entire film. Despicable, talk about a free infomercial for Obama using the brave and heroic efforts of our Navy Seals for Obama’s reelection efforts. The Obama administration and Hollywood will do anything and use anyone to get Obama reelected.

For those on the LEFT that like to complain about big money donations for corporations and mega donors, I wonder if they will be outraged by the following? An Osama Bin Laden movie from Barack Obama mega donor Harvey Weinstein is to air the weekend before the 2012 Presidential election.Of course this is just a coincidence in the timing. Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein is a prominent fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.  But of course that has nothing to do with the timing release of this movie.

Two days before Election Day on November 6, a movie detailing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will air on the National Geographic Channel, the cable network announced Thursday.

The film is being distributed by the Weinstein Company, owned by a Harvey Weinstein, a major backer of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Titled, “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” the feature-length film will chronicle the raid in Pakistan, an event that Obama’s campaign touts as one of his crowning achievements.

From the AP, film makers lying through their teeth stating that the release of the film has nothing to do with politics, it was done to help promote the start of the channel’s fall season. Fall season, in November?

A film dramatizing the death of Osama bin Laden will debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the presidential election.

The channel says it will air “Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” distributed by The Weinstein Co., on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein is a prominent fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

National Geographic Channel President Howard T. Owens said Thursday that the film’s air date is unrelated to politics and was chosen to help promote the start of the channel’s fall season.

Samuel L. Jackson’s Presidential Ad … “Wake the f@#k up! Vote for Obama” … Problem is, America is Awake and They Don’t Like What they See

Hmm, just what Barack Obama needs, Samuel L. Jackson telling voters to “Wake the f*ck up, Vote for Obama”. How is this exactly supposed to garner Obama support? A foul mouth Hollywood type cursing for votes for Obama. Really, that’s your plan? We are reminded by Jammie Wearing Fool that the lat time we saw Jackson he was saddened that Hurricane Isaac had spared Republicans and the RNC convention as he was curing, “GOP spared by Isaac! NOLA prolly f—– again!”

They picked the perfect actor for a political ad loaded with f-bombs.

Samuel L. Jackson will film a provocative spot supporting President Obama’s re-election bid as early as tomorrow — telling voters to “Wake the f–k up, Vote for Obama.”

The ad is a riff on Jackson’s viral video “Go the F–k to Sleep,” where he narrates a children’s book written by Adam Mansbach.

I have to agree 100% with Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin.com, America is finally waking up and realizing that Barack Obama is a total failure both domestically and in foreign policy. The abysmal economic conditions in the United States have opened people’s eyes and the Middle East burning has made us collectively shake our heads as to have naive and weak Obama could possibly be. Democrats and Obama have awoke a Sleeping Giant and they do not like what they see in the White House.

Wrong approach. If Obama’s in trouble in this election, it’s because people are waking the f–k up. Instead of “wake the f–k up,” Jackson’s ad should take a page from that book and advise voters to “go the f–k back to sleep.”

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