Happy Days ‘Joanie’ Dies at 56

The actress was best known for her role as Ron Howard’s little sister on the ’70s sitcom

Erin Moran, who stareed as Joanie Cunningham on the sitcoms Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, has died.

Moran was cast 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 (1970). She made regular appearances on The Don Rickles Show in 1972. She made guest appearances in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, My Three Sons, Bearcats! and Family Affair. As a young child, she was also on the television series Gunsmoke.
In 1974, Moran was cast to play her best known role, Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days. She played the feisty younger sister of Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard). Moran continued the role in 1982 in the short-lived spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, alongside Scott Baio. She won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series for her role. After Joanie Loves Chachi’s cancellation in 1983, she returned to Happy Days for its final season.
Moran made several other television guest appearances, including The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder.
In 2008, she was a contestant on VH1’s reality show Celebrity Fit Club.
In 2010, she made an appearance in the independent comedy feature Not Another B Movie.
In 2013, despite reports that she would be reunited with former Happy Days co-stars Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, and Scott Baio in the fourth season of Arrested Development, she did not appear in the revamped Netflix series.[1][2]

On April 22, 2017, TMZ reported that Moran had died. Harrison County, Indiana, authorities were alerted to an unresponsive female, later identified as Moran. She was 56.[7] – wikipedia

Happy Days ‘Joanie’ Dies at 56

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