A veteran theater actress, Franklin rose to fame on One Day at a Time, which ran from 1975 to 1984. As Romano, a divorced thirty-something who was raising two teenagers (played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips), she was nominated once for an Emmy (in 1982) and twice for Golden Globe Awards (in 1982 and '83).
The redheaded star reunited with her onetime TV daughter Bertinelli when she made an appearance on a 2011 episode of Hot in Cleveland. She also had a recent cameo on The Young and the Restless in 2012.
The actress is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed and Julie Minoff. Their father was Franklin's late husband Marvin Minoff, who died in 2009.