“Forgotten Hollywood”- Not So Happy Days…

Posted on April 23, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`Erin Moran was a child star, who played Joanie Cunningham in the shows Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi.  Debuting when nostalgia for the 1950s was in fashion, Happy Days was set in Milwaukee, and was a long-running hit.  Ron Howard and Henry Winkler were the sitcom’s popular co-stars. The smiling, freckle-faced Erin Moran (right) also became bankable.

“`She had years of acting experience when cast in 1974 as the kid sister to Richie Cunningham, played by Howard. Erin literally grew up on the series.

“`Prior to her best-known work, Erin appeared on the big-screen opposite Debbie Reynolds in How Sweet It Is;  and television in  Daktari, My Three Sons, Family Affair, Gunsmoke, and The Don Rickles Show. Her recent roles included guest-starring in Diagnosis Murder, The Love Boat, The Waltons, and Murder She Wrote. However, Moran never reached the success of Happy Days;  and was often in the news for her personal and financial struggles; reportedly homeless at times.

“`Moran and her Happy Days co-stars, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, and the estate of Tom Bosley (who died in 2010),  filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit. It claimed that cast members hadn’t been paid for merchandising revenues owed under their previous contracts. The cash  was generated from show-related items, such as comic books, scrapbooks, t-shirts, games, trading cards, lunch boxes, dolls, toy cars, greeting cards, magnets, and DVDs where the cast members’ images appeared on the box covers.  The actors eventually settled the suit in 2012, with each receiving payments of $65,000.


“`Erin Moran was just 56.

Until next time…                               “never forget”

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