Then + Now: Erin Moran from ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’
You remember her best as Joanie from ‘Happy Days’ and the spin-off ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’ with Scott Baio, but what’s our former favorite sweetheart up to these days?
Prior to landing the gig that made her a household name, Erin Moran starred in the TV series ‘Daktari,’ ‘Gunsmoke,’ and ‘The Waltons.’ In 1974, she was cast as Joanie Cunningham, sister of Richie and future bride of Chachi Arcola. The pair got their own spin-off in 1982, but it was short-lived, and Moran returned to ‘Happy Days.’ She played Joanie for a total of 10 years.
Sometime around 1998, Moran fell off the map. She returned in 2007 to appear on her former co-star’s reality show, ‘Scott Baio is 45 and Single,’ and starred on a season of ‘Celebrity Fit Club’ in 2008. In 2011, she starred in ‘Not Another B-Movie.’
That same year, Moran and several of her ‘Happy Days’ co-stars sued CBS for not paying them revenue from the sale of items featuring their image, including comic books, T-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, DVDs and the like. Eventually the cast settled with CBS and received $65,000 each.
And Moran needed the money — the actress was evicted from her trailer park home last year, and as of November, she was in and out of motels and supposedly writing a book about her life.