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One Day at a Time aired from December 1975 until September 1984 on CBS.
After 17 years of marriage, Ann Romano ( Bonnie Franklin) found herself divorced and living with her two teenage daughters in an apartment building in her home town of Indianapolis. The problems of trying to keep a job and be an understanding mother to two headstrong girls provided the plots for most episodes of this series. Ann resumed use of her maiden name while both 17-year-old Julie ( MacKenzie Phillips) and 15-year-old Barbara ( Valerie Bertinelli) kept their father's name, Cooper. The building's super, who regarded himself as the Rudolph Valentino of Indianapolis , was Dwayne Schneider ( Pat Harrington, Jr). His first name was virtually never used -all the tenants referred to him only as Schneider. David Kane ( Richard Masur) was Ann's romantic interest during the first season ( he had been her divorce attorney), and at one point they did almost get married , but he departed early in the fall of 1976. Not long after his departure, Ann aquired an outspoken brassy new neighbor in Ginny Wrobliki ( Mary Louise Wilson), but she only lasted one season in the cast. It was during that season, however, that Ann found herself a substantial job working as an account executive for the advertising agency of Connors and Davenport ( Claude Connors was played by John Hillerman and Jerry Davenport by Charles Siebert). Although not a regular in the series , Joseph Campanella made occasional appearances as Ann's ex-husband Ed Cooper.
In 1979 , while still in college, Julie married Max Horvath ( Michael Lembeck), an airline flight steward. No sooner did they get married when he got laid off from his job, forcing the newlyweds to move in temporarily with Ann and Barbara. Max did get back to work and, when he got promoted to a new position in Houston , he and Julie moved away from Indianapolis ( series star Mackenzie Phillips had developed a serious drug problem during the 1979-1980 season and was written out of the show to allow her to rehabilitate herself). When Ann left the advertising agency in the fall of 1980 she started a new professional and eventually personal involvement with Nick Handris ( Ron Rifkin). They became partners doing free-lance advertising-Ann writing copy and Nick doing the art work-and despite initial hostility, romance did bloom. Nick was divorced with a young son, Alex ( Glenn Scarpelli). Ann's mother, Katharine ( Nanette Fabray), also became a frequent visitor to the Romano household, especially after her husband died and she moved to Indianapolis to be close to her daughter.
As the 1981-1982 season began, Ann was getting over the shock of Nick's tragic death in an auto accident. Since Nick's ex-wife Felicia ( guest star Elinor Donahue) had moved to Chicago and remarried, Ann was talked into letting Alex move in with her and Barbara until things settled down. Francine Webster ( played by Nanette Fabray's neice Shelley Fabares) , Ann's old nemesis from the days at Connors and Davenport , turned up and convinced her to go into a partnership similar to the one she had had with Nick. Julie and Max also returned to Indianapolis , where he got a job as a travel agent while trying to make extra money as a writer. Barbara and her new boyfriend , dental student Mark Royer ( Boyd Gaines), got married in the fall of 1982 and soon thereafter, Julie gave birth to a daughter, Annie ( Lauren/Paige Maloney). The following spring, in an effort to economize, Barbara and Julie and their families decided to share a house.
Then following a courtship that had begun several months earlier, Ann married Mark's divorced father, architect Sam Royer ( Howard Hesseman) With Alex moving to Chicago to be with his mother ( Glenn Scarpelli had left the series to co-star on NBC's Jennifer Slept Here in the fall of 1983), and her daughters sharing their own house , Ann had no children at home for the first time in years. The only thing to mar her happiness was the sudden disappearance of Julie, who walked out of her home, leaving Max, Barbara and Mark, now a practicing dentist to care for little Annie. ( Mackenzie Phillips , suffering severe weight loss and other physical problems , was written out of the show for the second and final time).
Knowing that stars Bonnie Franklin and Valerie Bertinelli planned to leave the series at the end of the 1983-1984 season, the producers of One Day at a Time ended the show's run with a couple of dramatic changes. Ann, having received a fantastic job offer in London, moved overseas with her husband, Sam and Schneider moved to Florida to raise his orphaned neice and nephew following the unexpected death of his brother ( The Schneider story-line was actually a pilot for a proposed spin-off series starring Pat Harrington, Jr. but it was never picked up).
One Day at a Time was created by Whitney Blake ( she had been a regular on Hazel) and Alan Manning and was developed by Norman Lear.
Here is Bonnie Franklin's Obituary from ABC
One Day at a Time' Star Bonnie Franklin Dead at 69
By JENNIFER ABBEY
March 1, 2013
Bonnie Franklin, best known for her role as a single mom on the '70s-'80s sitcom "One Day at a Time," died at her Los Angeles home Friday morning of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69 years old, and died surrounded by family and friends, confirmed her agent, Robert Malcolm.
The cancer was diagnosed last August, and the actress revealed shortly after that she was undergoing treatment.
On "One Day at a Time," which was developed by Norman Lear and aired from 1975 to 1984 on CBS, Franklin was groundbreaking as Ann Romano, the single mother of two daughters, who were played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips. The show was an anthem for a generation grappling with difficult issues never portrayed before on a sitcom. When the show was in its prime, millions tuned in to watch what was regarded as TV's first realistic portrayal of a divorced mother struggling to raise her teenage daughters.
"The truth of the matter was ... we were reflecting what was out there. It just hadn't been on television before," Franklin told "Good Morning America" in 2012 when the cast reunited. "You can do all these heavyweight subjects that are important, but you have got to do it with humor."
On TV, the dynamic between Franklin's character, Ann, rang true for many. Behind the scenes, the women said, their relations were just as natural as they appeared on TV, although, at first, Franklin admitted, she was skeptical about the castings.
"When they told me Mac [Mackenzie Phillips] was playing my daughter, I said, 'That was never going to work. ... She is too tall. ...' We met, and she had this big mouth as I do, and I thought, 'OK, it's going to be fine,' and then it just was. It was easy," Franklin said. "It absolutely happened right away."
Franklin was nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her role on the show. She also directed two episodes.
Franklin recently appeared on the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless." In 2011, she reunited with her "One Day at a Time" co-star Bertinelli in an episode of "Hot in Cleveland."
Franklin was born Jan. 6, 1944, in Santa Monica, Calif. Her mother and father were Jewish immigrants, from Romania and Russia, respectively. She kicked off her 60-year career at age 9, tap dancing with Donald O'Connor on the "Colgate Comedy Hour." She continued as a young teenager on such TV shows as "Gidget," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "The Munsters," among others.
After her graduation from UCLA, she starred in several theater productions in New York, even earning a Tony nomination in 1970 for her show-stopping performance in the original production of the Broadway musical "Applause," making Franklin one of the youngest performers to ever receive that honor.
The actress was married to playwright Ronald Sossi from 1967 to 1970. She married film producer Marvin Minoff in 1980 after they'd worked on the TV movie "Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger," about the public health advocate, together. Their marriage lasted until Minoff's death in 2009. Franklin had no children.
A private memorial service will be held Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in the actress's memory to CCAP, 11684 Ventura Boulevard, 437, Studio City, CA 91604.
Franklin's former co-star, Bertinelli, wrote on her website Friday, "My heart is breaking. Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me. The years on "One Day at a Time" were some of the happiest of my life, and along with Pat and Mackenzie, we were a family in every way. She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself. I will miss her terribly."
Here is Pat Harrington's Obituary from The New York Times
Pat Harrington, the Super on One Day at a Time, Dies at 86
By MARGALIT FOX JAN. 7, 2016 (NYT)
Pat Harrington Jr., an Emmy-winning character actor best known as Schneider, the building superintendent and would-be Lothario on the popular sitcom One Day at a Time, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 86.
The cause was complications of Alzheimer's disease and a recent fall, his manager, Phil Brock, said.
Broadcast on CBS from 1975 to 1984, One Day at a Time, developed by Norman Lear, centered on the life of a divorced working mother, played by Bonnie Franklin, and her two daughters, played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli.
Presiding over the family's Indianapolis apartment building was Dwayne F. Schneider known routinely by his last name whose ubiquitous, oleaginous presence quickly became a comic fixture of the show.
Mr. Harrington played Schneider as a benign, pencil-mustachioed lecher, often attired in an undershirt and a heavily laden tool belt which, in an inspired moment, Mr. Harrington had bought from one of the show's electricians before his first scenes were shot.
The character's amorous conquests, the scripts made clear, may well have existed chiefly in his own mind.
Let me put it this way, Schneider says, with typical hyperbole, in one episode. The ladies in this building don't call me super for nothing.
For his work as Schneider, Mr. Harrington won a Golden Globe Award in 1981 and an Emmy in 1984.
Long before One Day at a Time, Mr. Harrington had created another character who became a television comedy staple: Guido Panzini, a linguistically maladroit Italian golf pro, whose fractured-English monologues enlivened shows hosted by Jack Paar and Steve Allen.
Mr. Harrington's success on those shows and, in the decades that followed, on many others, playing a variety of characters was all the more striking in that his parents had forbidden him from entering show business in the first place.
The son of a vaudevillian, Daniel Patrick Harrington Jr. was born in Manhattan on Aug. 13, 1929. Mindful of the uncertainties of the theatrical life, his parents enjoined him from pursuing it.
The young Mr. Harrington attended the La Salle Military Academy, a preparatory school in Oakdale, on Long Island. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and government from Fordham University, followed by a master's in political philosophy there.
After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he took a job as an advertising salesman with NBC in New York. He was always verbally dexterous, and during those years, almost unbidden, Guido emerged.
I used Panzini as a sales tool, Mr. Harrington told The Miami Herald in 1983. I'd like you to meet Guido Panzini, the head of the Italian Bovine Commission. I'd put clients on, and they enjoyed it.
One night in the late 1950s, Mr. Harrington was channeling Guido at the bar at Toots Shor's, the Midtown restaurant. He was overheard by Jonathan Winters, who was about to fill in as the host of Mr. Paar's late-night show. Mr. Winters invited Mr. Harrington to reprise the character on the air.
He went on to play Guido dozens of times on the show, and also portrayed him on Mr. Allen's show.
On the Paar show, I was never seen as myself, Mr. Harrington told The Miami Herald. I was billed only as Guido. Paar and I played it to the teeth.
Mr. Harrington was seen on scores of other TV shows, among them The Beverly Hillbillies, Murder, She Wrote, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, an early- 70s series on which he had a recurring role as a district attorney. As a voice actor, he was heard on many animated series. He also wrote several episodes of One Day at a Time.
His film credits include The Wheeler Dealers (1963) and Move Over, Darling (1963), both starring James Garner; The President's Analyst (1967), starring James Coburn; and Easy Come, Easy Go (1967), starring Elvis Presley.
In the late 1990s he played Cap'n Andy in a national touring production of Show Boat, directed by Hal Prince.
Mr. Harrington's first marriage, to Marjorie Gortner, ended in divorce. His survivors include his second wife, Sally Cleaver; three sons, Patrick, Michael and Terry, and a daughter, Tresa, all from his first marriage; and four grandchildren.
As well known as Mr. Harrington became for Schneider, he never fully abandoned his other alter ego. Over time, Guido resurfaced on several shows, including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., McHale's Navy and, in a 1983 episode co-written by Mr. Harrington, One Day at a Time, on which Guido and Schneider square off as rivals in love.
From the very first, Mr. Harrington played Guido with such brio that at least some viewers were completely taken in. After one of his appearances with Mr. Paar, he told The Miami Herald, the producer received a telephone call from federal immigration officials.
They said, Mr. Harrington recalled, We have no date of entry or port of entry on this Guido Panzini.
Here is Nanette Fabray's Obituary
Nanette Fabray, star of stage, screen and TV's 'One Day at a Time,' dies at 97
Associated Press Published 10:04 p.m. ET Feb. 23, 2018 | Updated 10:11 p.m. ET Feb. 23, 2018
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nanette Fabray, the vivacious actress, singer and dancer who became a star in Broadway musicals, on television as Sid Caesar's comic foil and in such hit movies as The Band Wagon, has died at age 97.
Fabray died Thursday at her home in Palos Verdes Estates, her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, told The Associated Press. He said the cause was old age.
"She was an extraordinary woman. Many people referred to her as a force of nature and you could feel it when she walked into the room," her son said Friday. "She just exuded warmth, wit, charm, love, and she touched so many people in so many ways. I hope all of us can look back on our lives and be able to say that at the end of our lives."
Fabray was just 3 when she launched her career as Vaudeville singer-dancer Baby Nanette.
She went on to star on Broadway in such musicals as Bloomer Girl, High Button Shoes and Mr. President, playing first lady to Robert Ryan's commander-in-chief.
Love Life, a 1948 show with songs by Alan Jay Lerner and Kurt Weill, won her a Tony in 1949 as best actress in a musical. Mr. President brought her a second nomination
After another musical, Make a Wish, MGM brought her to Hollywood to co-star with Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Jack Buchanan in the 1953 film The Band Wagon.
The Comden and Green musical, satirizing artistic pretentiousness vs. old-fashioned show business, features such classic numbers as That's Entertainment and Triplets, in which Fabray, Astaire and Buchanan dress up as babies.
"Unfortunately, I was coming in when big musicals were going out," Fabray would say later. "So the buildup didn't go anywhere except to lead me back to New York."
Back on the East Coast, she found her biggest audience as a co-star in the pioneering television show Caesar's Hour, which brought her three Emmy awards.
She won them despite a hearing disability that had plagued her from childhood into her late 40s.
"In school I would try my best but I would fail course after course," she said in a 1967 interview. "I thought I wasn't very bright, but actually that wasn't it at all. I just wasn't hearing."
She managed to get by in adulthood by making her family and friends speak up.
Finally, her husband, screen writer-director Ranald MacDougall, persuaded her to get a hearing aid. She wore it offstage and on and talked openly about her disability on behalf of organizations concerned with hearing loss.
In 1967 she underwent surgery that gave her normal hearing for the first time in her life.
"She had such an amazing life professionally, but I think if she could say what she wanted to be remembered for it would be more for her humanitarian work," said her son. "She was very instrumental in advocating for the rights of the deaf and hearing impaired."
In addition to Caesar's Hour, Fabray appeared in such popular 1950s television anthologies as Playhouse 90 and The Alcoa Hour.
Later TV roles included that of Bonnie Franklin's mother in the hit 1980s sitcom One Day at a Time.
And in the 1990s Fabray played mother to Shelley Fabares, her real-life niece, in the hit sitcom Coach.
Fabares herself had begun her career as a child actress, playing Donna Reed's daughter in the long-running The Donna Reed Show of the 1950s and '60s.
Born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares in San Diego on Oct. 27, 1920, Fabray changed the spelling of her last name to match the way it was pronounced.
After launching her career in Vaudeville, she studied drama and voice for several years before winning the role of the lady in waiting to Bette Davis' queen in her first film, 1939's The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.
She went to New York soon after with the Hollywood revue, Meet the People, remaining there to become one of Broadway's most versatile stars.
High Button Shoes, was one of her best-known Broadway shows, and a New York Times review of the time singled out Fabray in particular, saying she "sings the principal songs with a good voice and in a jaunty manner."
The show also featured a complex, lengthy dance scene choreographed by Jerome Robbins that parodied Mack Sennett silent film comedies. The Times described it as "swift and insane, like a jiggly old film," calling it an inspired bit of animated entertainment.
Fabray's first marriage, to TV executive David Tebet, ended in divorce.
In 1957 she married MacDougall, whose writing credits include the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor film Cleopatra. He died in 1973.
Their only child survives her.
He said Friday that memorial services would be private.
For Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20130406183737/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/oneday.html
For a ODAAT Website go to https://web.archive.org/web/20040128014210/http://www.geocities.com:80/jkfunpage/features/odaatimeline.html
To read a transcript of Valerie Bertinelli on Larry King Live go to http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0802/26/lkl.01.html
For some One Day at a Time-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/one-day-at-a-time-1975-84
For 2 great Reviews of One Day at a Time go to https://web.archive.org/web/20070106183924/http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/O/htmlO/onedayata/onedayata.htm and https://web.archive.org/web/20070813234004/http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/oneday.htm
To watch the opening and closing credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDSRGnS7l3A
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