Erin Moran, actress in TV’s ‘Happy Days,’ dies at 56
NEW YORK | Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56.
Miss Moran was found dead Saturday by emergency responders after a dispatcher for the Harrison County, Indiana, sheriff’s department received a 911 call, the department said.
The cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is pending.
A Burbank, California, native, Miss Moran began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years old.
She had several years of experience when she was cast in 1974 in “Happy Days” as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie
Cunningham, played by Ron Howard, who went on to become a successful filmmaker.
Her more recent credits included “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote,” but she never approached the success of “Happy Days” and was more often in the news for her numerous personal and financial struggles and reportedly was homeless at times.