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Erin Moran, ‘Happy Days’ Actress, Dead at 56

No Cause of Death Reported at Press Time

Former child star Erin Moran, who is remembered for portraying Joanie Cunningham on ABC sitcom “Happy Days” and spin-off “Joanie Loves Chachi,” was found dead on Saturday morning by authorities in Indiana, according to TMZ. She was 56.

Born on Oct. 18, 1960 in Burbank, California, Moran made her theatrical debut at age eight in 1960 in “How Sweet It Is!” with Debbie Reynolds. That same year she joined the cast of the third – and final – season of CBS adventure drama “Daktari.” Prior to the start of “Happy Days” in 1974, Moran appeared as a guest star in numerous TV series including “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “My Three Sons,” “Family Affair,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Don Rickles Show,” “The F.B.I.,” and “The Smith Family” (opposite her soon-to-be TV brother Ron Howard).

Moran, who also appeared in an episode of “The Waltons” in 1975 and TV movie “Twirl” in 1981, exited “Happy Days” in 1981 with co-star Scott Baio, but returned for the final season after the series was canceled.

Following “Happy Days,” she appeared in episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Diagnosis Murder” and daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

In recent years, Moran had been the subject of tabloid reports that she and her husband were living in a trailer in Indiana since losing her home to foreclosure in California.

No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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