Bonnie Franklin's Classic Contemporary American Playsby Sylviastel | created - 01 Jul 2014 | updated - 14 May 2015 | Public
This organization was founded by the beloved actress, Bonnie Franklin, with friends and others to help educate and inspire students in the Los Angeles public school system. You can visit the website at http://www.bfccap.org for more information. From her death in 2013, it was renamed in Bonnie Franklin's memory.
In the summer of 2000 at Bonnie Franklin's Encino home, Bonnie, her agent and friend Marilyn Shapiro, and sister Judy Franklin Bush developed an organization to connect American theater to high school students.
Bonnie's sister, Judith Franklin Bush, was also a founder and is president. She is also outreach coordinator.
Ernest A. Figueroa was also a Board Member; associate producer; and director.
Victoria Franklin Kupetz (Bonnie and Judy's sister) Board Member.
Honorary Board Members: Rabbi Leonard Beerman Joan Beerman Barbara Sanders Barbara Yaroslavsky
Advisory Board: Susan Braig Alison J. Graham: Public Relations.
Educational Board: Keren Goldberg, Chair Robin Lithgow Jennifer Pust Steve Segal James Waller Mark Slavkin
Linda Tross; stage manager.
Actress | One Day at a Time
Bonnie Franklin, of the freckled, fair-skinned, hazel-eyed, rosy-cheeked, carrot-haired variety, could light up a room with her buoyant, folksy personality, but she could be quite serious in a take-charge manner when it came to purposeful acting work. It took Norman Lear and a highly popular TV ...
Co-founder and was an active part of the organization. She had appeared in many stage readings. Upon her loss, this organization was renamed in her memory. Artist and director.
Co-founder: She, Bonnie Franklin, and her sister, Judy Franklin Bush founded the organization in the summer of 2000; Marilyn was Bonnie's best friend and manager. She was also director.
Producer | One Day at a Time
Board of directors: Vice President.
Actress | V
Jenny Sullivan was born on December 14, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jenny Barbara Sullivan. She is an actress and director, known for V (1983), V: The Final Battle (1984) and Getting Straight (1970). She was previously married to Jim Messina.
Board of directors: Board Member: Director.
Actress | Becker
Hattie Winston was born on March 3, 1945 in Lexington, Mississippi, USA. She is an actress, known for Becker (1998), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and Jackie Brown (1997). She has been married to Harold Wheeler since December 16, 1978. They have one child.
Board of directors: Vice President. Now known as Hattie Winston Wheeler. Director.
Mike Antonovich was born on August 12, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Michael Francis Antonovich. He has been married to Christine Hu since February 15, 1998. They have two children.
Advisory board of directors
Producer | Absolute Strangers
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Advisory board of directors
Advisory board of directors: Honorary Board Member.
10. Shuko Akune
Actress | E/R
11. Lou Antonio
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12. Adam Arkin
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13. Edward Asner
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14. William Atherton
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15. Rene Auberjonois
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16. Richard Azurdia
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18. Meredith Baxter
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19. Jordan Belfi
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21. David Birney
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22. Denise Blasor
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23. John Bowab
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Advisory Board: Director.
24. Charlie Brill
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25. Ivar Brogger
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26. Chris Butler
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28. Bryan Callen
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29. K Callan
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31. Lanei Chapman
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32. Susan Clark
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33. Julie Cobb
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34. Robyn Cohen
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35. Misty Cotton
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36. James Cromwell
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37. Alex Désert
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38. Cliff De Young
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39. Zooey Deschanel
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42. Joe Egender
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43. Maya Erskine
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44. Shelley Fabares
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Honorary Board Member.
45. Nanette Fabray
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46. Takayo Fischer
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47. Jane Fleiss
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48. Bruce French
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49. Robin Gammell
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50. Teri Garr
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51. Chuma Gault
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52. Kimiko Gelman
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53. Harold Gould
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54. Michael Gross
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55. Robert Guillaume
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56. LisaGay Hamilton
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58. Ren Hanami
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59. Hill Harper
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Honorary Board Member: Artist
61. Jackée Harry
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62. Mariette Hartley
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64. Marin Hinkle
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65. Amad Jackson
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66. Jim Jansen
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68. Eve Kagan
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69. Mimi Kennedy
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70. Marsha Kramer
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Advisory Board: Artist
72. Carlos Lacamara
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73. Tracey Leigh
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74. Dawnn Lewis
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75. Steve Landesberg
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76. Eric Lange
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77. Piper Laurie
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78. Michael Learned
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79. Matt Letscher
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80. Sal Lopez
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81. Euriamis Losada
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82. Janet MacLachlan
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83. Monette Magrath
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84. Nancy Malone
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85. Rudy Marquez
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86. Dakin Matthews
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87. Zilah Mendoza
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88. David Michie
89. Graham Miller
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91. Iona Morris
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92. Javi Mulero
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93. Lou Myers
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94. Craig T. Nelson
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95. Ali Olmo
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99. Tonya Pinkins
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