The former child prodigy, Erin Moran was an actress mostly remembered as the adorable Joanie Cunningham on the classic TV show, Happy Days and its spin-off titled, Joanie Loves Chachi. Having kicked off her acting career at a tender age, precisely when she was five years old, Moran made appearances in numerous movies and television series such as 80 Steps to Jonah, Watermelon Man, The Bold and the Beautiful, Not Another B Movie, Diagnosis Murder, Hotel, Glitter, and many others.
She was one of the most popular actresses in the 1970s and 1980s following her performance in the aforementioned series, Happy Days where she was featured in 234 episodes of the classic series. She equally reprised the same role in the spin-off of which she starred in 17 episodes, and in the process, was publicly recognized with a Young Artist Award for her excellent portrayal of Joanie Cunningham. It’s quite unfortunate that the Happy Days star passed away on the 22nd of April, 2017. Below are more details that you never knew about Erin Moran.
Erin Moran’s Biography
The former child star was born into the family of Edward and Sharon Moran in Burbank, California, the United States on the 18th of October, 1960. She grew up along with her five siblings in the North Hollywood area. Her elder brother is Tony Moran, an actor, and producer, popularly known for playing the unmasked Mike Myers in the 1978 horror classic, Halloween. He is also known for his appearances in the television shows, The Waltons and CHIPs.
Before she gained fame as a child prodigy, Erin’s parents played a major part in giving her a nudge in the right direction and also provided the necessary assistance to help her build a career in entertainment by getting an agent for her at the age of five.
Erin Moran began her career shortly after when she was featured in a TV advertisement for a financial institution. She was further cast as Jenny Jones in the American family drama series, Daktari that aired on CBS between 1966 and 1969. She landed another role in the 1968 comedy film, How Sweet It Is! where she played the character of Laurie, starring alongside James Garner and Debbie Reynolds.
From 1970 to 1974, Erin Moran made appearances in a good number of television series which includes The F. B. I as Vickie Florea/Cindy Marot, The Smith Family as Julie, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father as Emily Ruth Gustafson, and My Three Sons as Victoria Lewis, among others.
She then became a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry in the year 1994 following her outstanding depiction of Joanie Cunningham in the American TV series, Happy Days, that aired from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC, with a total of 255 half-hour episodes. The show also featured Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bisley, and Marion Ross. Moran appeared in a vast number of television shows including Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, The Howard Stern Show, Entertainment Weekly, Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp and others.
Her Former Husbands
Before her demise, Erin Moran had been married twice. Her first marriage was with Rocky Ferguson whom she exchanged vows with in 1987 and after staying married for six years, the couple annulled their marriage. After their separation, Maron opened up about her short-lived marriage as she went on to narrate how she was abused by her ex-husband.
In the same year she got separated from Ferguson, Erin Moran tied the knot with Steven Fleischmann on the 23rd of November. Fleischmann worked at Wal-Mart situated in the garden center near Salisbury in Indiana. The couple remained married till 2017 when the popular actress passed on. The union didn’t produce any child.
Erin Moran’s Net Worth
At the time of her demise, Erin Moran was reportedly left with $50,000 as her net worth, having that she experienced financial difficulties in the late 1980s when she was unable to land more acting roles. The former child prodigy, however, got enriched in July 2012 when she was settled by CBS with the sum of $65,000 after a lawsuit was filed against the TV Network by Moran alongside three of her fellow Happy Days stars.
Cause of Death
It’s very sad that the talented actress passed away on the 22nd of April, 2017 at the age of 56, in New Salisbury, Indiana, United States. Before her demise, Moran suffered from squamous cell carcinoma of the throat for which she went for chemotherapy, every Thursday and for radiation, five days a week, since 2016 when she was diagnosed with the disease.