In the blink of an eye we are gone. Erin Moran (aka Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days’) died on April 22, 2017. I haven’t read about all of the details yet, but from what I have heard she wasn’t doing so good the past few years. Whatever that means. Was she drugged out? Was she homeless? Was she sick? Guess I will find out more over the next few days/weeks. But if she WAS broke & having a hard time, why didn’t anyone help her? Ron Howard or Henry Winkler or even Scott Baio could have helped her out. The first two for sure have enough money. But she was found unresponsive in a house in Corydon, Indiana, population in 2015? 3,166. I can’t imagine going from being rich, famous, HAPPY to being broke, unknown & depressed. No, money doesn’t make you happy (so they tell me), but I would like to try it for a bit just to see for myself.
In a 1988 interview, Moran said she suffered from depression after Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi were canceled and she was unable to gain acting roles. Moran confirmed news reports that her California home was foreclosed on in 2010 following media claims that she was also served eviction papers and moved into her mother-in-law’s trailer home in Indiana. In 2017, Variety magazine said Moran “had fallen on hard times in recent years”. She was reportedly evicted from her trailer park home in Indiana because of her “hard-partying ways”
That interview said a lot. She was depressed, broke, being evicted from her house & having to move to a TINY town in Indiana to live in a trailer. I would be partying too if I were her. I mean why the hell not?? What do you have to lose at that point? The world once loved you, but now you are forgotten, like you never existed in Hollywood. Who knows how things were between the cast of “Happy Days” or how they ended. Maybe Ron didn’t really like Erin, maybe Henry didn’t either, but I don’t believe that. That’s why I can’t understand why one of them didn’t step in & try to help her? Buy her a house, a car, hang out with her sometimes. But none of them did. Which I think absolutely sucks.