8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Original ‘One Day At A Time’ Series
6. Ginny Wrobliki’s Disappearance
During the second season, Mary Louise Wilson was brought in to play Ginny Wrobliki, a neighbor and confidante for Ann, but she left after 14 episodes without any explanation. It was later revealed that the star of the show, Bonnie Franklin, didn’t like Wilson and felt upstaged by her, which is why she was written off the show.
5. Mackenzie Phillips’ Drug Problem
Mackenzie Phillips was fired from the show twice because of her substance abuse problems. The first time was during the 1979-1980 season. Producers ordered her to take a six week vacation to go to rehab. When she returned to set, she was given the choice: Resign for personal reasons or be fired. She was fired again from the show when she returned in a recurring capacity for the last few seasons of the show. She had collapsed on set, and when the producer asked Phillips for a urine test, the actress told her not to bother.