Writer, actress, and mother to James, when he was on the show.
She raised her three sons while also writing poetry, screenplays, plays, and novels, including You Hear Me: Poems & Writing by Teenage Boys, Things I Have To Tell You: Poems & Writing by Teenage Girls, Counting Our Way to the 100th Day, Naked, and Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers. She encouraged her sons to be as creative as possible.
She studied fine art at Stanford and says that she learned so much about creativity there that she was able to transfer it from painting to writing without any difficulty.
She was married to Douglas Eugene Franco until his death in 2011. She is an avid cat-lover, a trait she has passed to all of her sons.
She gained television actress Dave became engaged to her 2015.