Erin Marie Moran (aka Erin Marie Fleischmann [1] October 18, 1960 - April 22, 2017) played the part of Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days and its short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.


Erin's first acting role was at the age of five, in a television commercial for First Federal Bank. At the age of six, she was cast as Jenny Jones in the television series Daktari,[2] which ran from 1966 to 1969. She made her feature-film debut in How Sweet It Is! (1968) with Debbie Reynolds,[3] and made regular appearances on The Don Rickles Show in 1972, and guest appearances in ABC-TV's The Courtship of Eddie's Father, CBS-TV's My Three Sons, Bearcats!, and CBS's Family Affair, and on CBS-TV's The Waltons, in an episode called "The Song", in 1975. A young child, she also appeared in the CBS-TV series Gunsmoke.[4]

In 1974, at the age of 13, Erin was cast to play her best known role, Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days, 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, although she later stated that she had only reluctantly agreed to star in the series; she would have preferred to remain with Happy Days.[5] She won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series for her role.[6][7] After Joanie Loves Chachi's cancellation in 1983, she returned to Happy Days for its final season.[8]

Personal/Family lifeEdit

In 1987, Moran married Rocky Ferguson; they divorced in 1993.[9] Later that year, she married Steven Fleischmann.[9][10]


Erin died of cancer on April 22, 2017 in Corydon, Indiana at age 56. She was survived by her husband Steven and older brother, former child actor Tony Moran.


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  2. Rossi, Rosemary. "Erin Moran, of ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’, Dead at 56", MSN (.com), Microsoft, April 22, 2017. Retrieved on April 22, 2017. 
  3. Newman, Jason. "Erin Moran, Joanie in 'Happy Days,' Dead at 56", Rolling Stone magazine, Wenner Media LLC, April 22, 2017. Retrieved on April 23, 2017. 
  4. "Erin Moran, 'Happy Days' actress, dead at 56",, Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner), April 22, 2017. Retrieved on April 23, 2017. 
  5. "Erin Moran, Who Played Joanie on ‘Happy Days’, Dead at 56", NBC News, NBC(.com), April 22, 2017. Retrieved on April 23, 2017. 
  6. Crouse, pages 42–43, 2005.
  7. Joanie Loves Chachi: Season 1. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on April 23, 2017.
  8. Aiello, McKenna. "Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dead at 56", E!, NBCUniversal Cable, April 22, 2017. Retrieved on April 23, 2017. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bucher, Chris. "Steven Fleischmann, Erin Moran’s Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know",, Heavy Inc., April 22, 2017. Retrieved on April 23, 2017. 
  10. "Erin Moran, starred as Joanie on ‘Happy Days,’ has died", Chicago Sun-Times, Sun-Times Media Group (Wrapports LLC), April 23, 2017. Retrieved on April 23, 2017. 

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