Erin Moran of Happy Days’ fame is no more. She reportedly died in penury despite having a great and prosperous past. She was 56 and passed away in extreme poverty after being thrown out of her house due to foreclosure.
Known in the TV world as “Joanie Cunningham”, the 56-year actress who began her acting journey rather very young at merely 6 years of age was found unresponsive. When following a 911 call, the officials reached her, she was already dead.
The actress was without work much of these years and the last time she was seen in any Hollywood movie was in the year 2010 when she had got a marginal role in a film. Except it, she didn’t get mention in Hollywood in more than a decade now. This is rather very perturbing for her old time fans who loved and adored her for her sitcom role. They seem to be heart-broken given the circumstances in which she found herself towards the end of her life.
Acting came naturally to her. Born on October 19, 1960, she started her acting career very young. She acted as Jenny Jones in the television series Daktari, which ran from 1966 to 1969. In 1968, she made her feature-film debut in How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds. She appeared in 80 Steps to Jonah (1969) and Watermelon Man and made regular appearances on The Don Rickles Show in 1972. When she was yet to turn 14, the actress, was cast as Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days. She played the feisty younger sister of Richie Cunningham. Erin Marie won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series for her role.
It is said that the actress spent last years of her life in a trailer park in Indiana before reportedly becoming homeless. She married twice, first marrying Rocky Ferguson in 1987. Later she married Steven Fleischmann. The two were married for the last two decades despite the ups and downs of life kept their family life under cloud.
Drinking and drugs seem to be two things that destroyed her acting career. A report in the National Enquirer says, ‘Erin was going out to bars and coming home at all hours of the night, sometimes with her rowdy bar friends, and Steve’s mom just couldn’t take it anymore
It is said that the couple lost its Californian home after filing for foreclosure and moved into a trailer park in Indiana after doing so. They lived with Fleischmann’s mother, who kicked out Moran for her “hard-partying ways”. It is said that later she became homeless and lived in one motel after the other. There are reports that Moran and Fleischmann were reportedly living off of Moran’s cash settlement she got from CBS over merchandising royalties. Fleischmann reportedly worked rather occasionally at a Wal-Mart near New Salisbury, Indiana.