Friday, March 1, 2013

A standing ovation for Bonnie Franklin ...

Bonnie Franklin and Brad Lemack at the 2009 taping of
"Inside the Business of Acting"

So, so sad to hear the news this morning of the death of actress Bonnie Franklin, one of the best.

I first met Bonnie back in the early 1980’s when I worked as the publicist for her acclaimed CBS-TV series “One Day at a Time.” When I later opened my own talent management and PR company, Bonnie soon came along and it was beyond a joy to work with her and for her through the many projects we did together.

Much will be written today and in the days that follow about Bonnie and the impressive career she earned and the legacy she leaves behind. We can leave that reporting to the entertainment news outlets around the world.

What they cannot share with you is something exclusive to us at Lemack & Company that I want to share with you.

In 2008, following the success of my book “The Business of Acting,” I joined with Gary Marsh and his Virtual Channel Network to produce and host a limited series of interviews about the business of acting with “working” actors talking about their career journeys.

Bonnie was one of those amazing folks who came to our little studio in West Los Angeles one particular Saturday afternoon to talk for four segments about her life, her career and the lessons she learned along the way.

I’m happy to share Segment #1 here. You can view the remaining three segments on-demand at

From her Tony Award-winning musical, with a salute to Bonnie, “Applause, applause” – and thank you.