09/24/2012 05:09 pm ET Updated Sep 25, 2012

Bonnie Franklin Cancer: 'One Day At A Time' Star Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer

Former "One Day at a Time" star Bonnie Franklin has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, USA Today reported Monday.

Franklin, 68, once reigned among the top sitcom moms, playing tough but tender divorcee Ann Romano on the CBS hit. The show, which featured Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips as her daughters, ran from 1975 to 1984.

Although Franklin has devoted much of her career recently to regional theater work, according to Biography.com, she recently played parts on TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" (in a reunion of sorts with Bertinelli) and "The Young & The Restless." Before that, her most recent TV role dated back to 2000 in an episode of "Touched By An Angel," according to IMDB.

Franklin's second husband, producer Marvin Minoff, died in 2009.

The one-year survival rate for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined is 20 percent and drops to 5 percent within five years, according to the American Cancer Society.