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'Happy Days' actress Erin Moran living in trailer park
NY Post ^ | June 6, 2012 | DAVID K. LI

Posted on 06/07/2012 9:31:32 AM PDT by iowamark

These are not “Happy Days” for Joanie Cunningham actress Erin Moran.

She’s broke, living in an Indiana trailer park and looking haggard well beyond her 51 years, according to the National Enquirer.

Moran and husband Steve Fleischmann, 45, are reportedly living hand-to-mouth at the Berkshire Pointe Mobile Home Park in New Salisbury, Ind., where they’re said to be caring for his ailing mom.

It’s a long fall for the actress, best known as Ron Howard’s wisecracking little sister on one of America’s most beloved sitcoms.

She appeared in 236 episodes of “Happy Days” between 1974 and 1984 before doing her short-lived spin-off “Joanie Loves Chachi.”

The couple lost their Southern California home to foreclosure in 2010.

“Life hasn’t been kind to Erin since the foreclosure of her home,” a family friend said.

Despite these tough times, pals admire Moran’s dedication to her sick mother-in-law.

“She and Steve moved in with his ailing mother at the trailer park a few weeks back. Erin is like an angel to her mother-in-law. She cooks and cleans for her and takes care of her personal hygiene,” the family pal observed...

While Moran cares for her mother-in-law, Fleischmann reportedly brings home the bacon with a meager Walmart job...

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Kind of a sad story. Erin Moran was a successful child actress from a young age. Let's hope that things look up for her.
1 posted on 06/07/2012 9:31:41 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Maybe Ron Howard can give Erin a role in one of his movies to help her out.


2 posted on 06/07/2012 9:36:30 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (No matter who you elect,the government eventually gets in.)
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To: iowamark
Google image search came up with:

What happened to her earnings and residuals form Happy Days?

I thought the Jackie Cooper laws protected the income of kid actors...

3 posted on 06/07/2012 9:37:40 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: iowamark

4 posted on 06/07/2012 9:37:40 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 4yearlurker
You would think she would have some income off of syndication for Happy Days.
5 posted on 06/07/2012 9:39:25 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: iowamark

Someone needs to tell the Fonz or Richie.. they are quite successful..
Must’ve spent all the money on husbands..


6 posted on 06/07/2012 9:40:26 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: iowamark

Not a bad looking youngster IMHG(eezer’s)O.

She’s a fool to pay lot rent though.


7 posted on 06/07/2012 9:41:06 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: iowamark

Sounds like they’re living like regular folks to me.


8 posted on 06/07/2012 9:42:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: freedumb2003
What happened to her earnings and residuals form Happy Days?

On a site that must not be named, she and the others in the cast are supposed to go back into court to regain their royalties. Don't know why they would have lost them.

9 posted on 06/07/2012 9:42:31 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Liberty Valance

Look at those cheekbones..maybe she is Cherokee !!!!


10 posted on 06/07/2012 9:43:15 AM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: dirtboy

Apparently the residual checks are quite small, especially if the reruns aren’t on television anywhere anymore.


11 posted on 06/07/2012 9:43:15 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: dirtboy

Anyone else remember years ago that TV Guide and anyone else would commonly report that she called the Happy Days cast members EVIL and wanted nothing to do with them?


12 posted on 06/07/2012 9:43:46 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: iowamark
Not as uncommon as you might think. Dick York (Darren #1 from the TV show Bewitched) spent his last days with his wife in a tiny little 2BR cottage in Michigan, basically living off Social Security and a small inheritance. I'm sure there have been many others.

As Jimmy Durante said, be nice to the people you meet as you're climbing the ladder, cause you're gonna meet 'em again on your way back down.


13 posted on 06/07/2012 9:45:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dirtboy
You would think she would have some income off of syndication for Happy Days.

Unless she sold the syndication cash stream rights, years ago for a lump sum.

The Beach Boys did the same thing, they sold the airing rights to their catalog in the 1970s and it cost them dearly (in opportunity costs).

14 posted on 06/07/2012 9:46:36 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: iowamark
Perhaps I should give up on waiting for the release of Galaxy of Terror II.


15 posted on 06/07/2012 9:47:33 AM PDT by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: hosepipe
Someone needs to tell the Fonz or Richie

Fonz won't call...no reverse mortgages on trailer homes.

16 posted on 06/07/2012 9:47:54 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: iowamark
She looks fine for her age. And she's to be praised for taking care of her husband's mom. She sounds like she has a more solid life than a lot of Hollywood types running through money and drugs.

And her husband has an honorable job. It's more useful to society than some higher paid jobs such as nonworking union bosses, MSNBC hosts, pimps and the CEO of AIG.

17 posted on 06/07/2012 9:51:57 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: iowamark
These are not “Happy Days” for Joanie Cunningham actress Erin Moran.

“She and Steve moved in with his ailing mother at the trailer park a few weeks back. Erin is like an angel to her mother-in-law. She cooks and cleans for her and takes care of her personal hygiene,” the family pal observed

Happiness is subjective.
18 posted on 06/07/2012 9:52:46 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: cripplecreek

Dittos! And what’s so bad about living in a trailer park? One of mrs p6’s friends lives in one and it’s beautiful. Easy to keep up, low utilities, has a nice fireplace, great view. I wish we could have moved there but it’s full up.


19 posted on 06/07/2012 9:55:14 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: iowamark

It is not really a sad story. I would say that she is living like a lot of people today. She obviously was affected by the economy that cannot be blamed on Obama (it was Bush you know). Anyway, I think a person can gain a lot of pride with helping an elderly parent whether her own or in-law.


20 posted on 06/07/2012 9:55:19 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: mmichaels1970
Happiness is subjective.

That it is. Dick York ended up living out his final days in a little house near Paw Paw Michigan I believe it was.
21 posted on 06/07/2012 9:57:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: iowamark

Joanie Loves Food Stamps


22 posted on 06/07/2012 9:57:11 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: prisoner6

Better to be an honest person living in a trailer than to be a shifty rascal living in the White House or a crook living in a mansion.


23 posted on 06/07/2012 9:58:53 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: iowamark

It seems to me she’s alive, properly helping a family member, married and not asking for a handout (sort of like most of the people we know).

Why do we always make victims of people just getting on with their lives?


24 posted on 06/07/2012 9:59:24 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: iowamark
Why is this a sad story? There are a lot of people who would be grateful for that "meager" Wal-Mart job.

In all seriousness, though. She really doesn't look "beyond her 51 years," either. I mean, it's not like she's ended up homeless or in court, or Betty Ford.

To be sure, there are a lot of stuck-up people, perhaps especially in New York, who look down their noses at people living in double-wides in Ohio, but this isn't Margot Kidder or Dan Rather, babbling to themselves on a street corner. This is someone making the best of things, willing to take care of an extended family member.

"Happy Days," indeed. Remember the Laverne and Shirley spin off? That may have been the most cocaine-soaked television show in history. The old guy who ran the pretend Soda Shop was the biggest dealer in Hollywood, before getting busted. He's probably still in jail.

That's Show Business.

The writer James Ellroy once said, "actors are f-ed-up people."

Sounds to me like Erin Moran ain't one of them.

25 posted on 06/07/2012 10:00:28 AM PDT by Prospero
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To: prisoner6

I lived in a nice park for about a year and it was OK but I don’t like my neighbors living that close.


26 posted on 06/07/2012 10:01:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 4yearlurker

Or better yet, since Opie’s such a huge kenyan fan, he needs to put his $$$$$ where his mouth is and SPREAD SOME OF HIS WEALTH to his former co-star.


27 posted on 06/07/2012 10:01:11 AM PDT by Student0165 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Hoodat

Ah yes, the film in which an unfortunate woman was viloated by a giant worm.


28 posted on 06/07/2012 10:01:15 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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The money flow from those days was crazy. I vaguely remember the David Cassidy case where, in those days, the network/production owned all the license revenue.

Basically if things were then as they are now, he would have made a hundred million, but he has to tour little casinos.

There is a huge difference, not unlike sports, in how the money is paid out. Though the record industry is still a disaster area in that regard.


29 posted on 06/07/2012 10:01:33 AM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: iowamark

And I thought she was in a Trump Tower penthouse living off those Joanie Loves Chachi residuals...

30 posted on 06/07/2012 10:05:58 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Prospero

I have a fair amount of respect for famous people who go out of their way to live normal lives. Even moderately liberal ones like Jeff Daniels who lives in his hometown (Chelsea Mi) with family all around.


31 posted on 06/07/2012 10:05:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

“Sounds like they’re living like regular folks to me.”

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking, too. Not all of us can live the glamourous lifestyle of - say - a Sarah Jessica Parker or a Moochelle Obama. The dirty little secret is that it ain’t all that tragic after all.


32 posted on 06/07/2012 10:08:08 AM PDT by Twinkie (Isaiah 53)
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To: Twinkie

My dad likes the little trailer park where he’s at. He knows pretty much everybody there and spends his days sitting in the shade chatting up the neighbors.


33 posted on 06/07/2012 10:12:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Crimson Elephant

“The money flow from those days was crazy. I vaguely remember the David Cassidy case where, in those days, the network/production owned all the license revenue.

Basically if things were then as they are now, he would have made a hundred million, but he has to tour little casinos.....”

David, in his autobiography, brags about his big johnson, and reports he would give admiring fans the choice: 10 minutes talking, or give him a b-job...

He reports that just about every female, whatever age, chose the latter option.


34 posted on 06/07/2012 10:12:27 AM PDT by mountaineer1997
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To: iowamark

Way back then said that Joanie should have gone to college instead of shacking up with that deadbear loser Chachi.

People in the neighborhood said that Chachi got Joanie addicted to Crack Coiciane and would make her turn tricks in downtown Milwaukee.

At first, it was not so bad as men would pay $1000.00 to be with little Joanie Cunningham, but then Joanie turned 50 and the Obama economy devestated Milwaukee and the next thing you knew, Joanie could only earn $27.50 a night.

Chachi took out his frustrations by beating Joanie and then left her and became Potsey’s gay lover.


35 posted on 06/07/2012 10:15:57 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: 4yearlurker; waterhill
Wow, what blast from the past.

I remember the first season she came back after she "developed" and I was in love.

Wah...wah...wah....(((ping!)))

36 posted on 06/07/2012 10:16:39 AM PDT by Envisioning (Call me a racist........, one more time..........)
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To: dirtboy
You would think she would have some income off of syndication for Happy Days.

A couple of years ago, I was watching an interview of Tom Bosley, who played Howard Cunningham on the show.

He was asked about that very thing. Bosley said that a show's actors are paid on a declining scale. For the first couple of years of syndication, payments are high. But the payments decrease more and more as time goes on.

37 posted on 06/07/2012 10:17:02 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: cripplecreek

Dick York actually lived in Rockford, and he spent his final days trying to raise donations for the lest fortunate, even as he was dying of lung disease.


38 posted on 06/07/2012 10:17:46 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: iowamark

She picked the wrong career. If she had spent those same ten years as a politician, she would be set for the rest of her life.


39 posted on 06/07/2012 10:22:29 AM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: freedumb2003
Wow, she's really aged. It was not that long ago that she appeared in a Weezer video ("Buddy Holly") which is basically a re-creation of a Happy Days show. I think that video was shot in 1994 and she looked pretty good, as did all the "Happy Days" cast for that matter - I was surprised. It was like the band Weezer went back in a time machine to the 1970s "Happy Days" set!

Anyway, 18 years was not that long ago.

40 posted on 06/07/2012 10:24:59 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: iowamark

looking haggard well beyond her 51 years
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Oh bull-poop! She doesn’t look like she has had all sorts of crud injected into her lips or had her eyes pulled tight. She looks like an average 51 year old woman.

If she lives in a trailer—so what. Other people do, too...is she special just because she was once a star? She had money and it was frittered away somehow.

She looks fine, I like her looks better than all that plastic-surgery crud we see on so many Hollywood types.


42 posted on 06/07/2012 10:27:22 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 4yearlurker
Maybe Ron Howard can give Erin a role in one of his movies to help her out.

What make you think he cares? He's undoubtedly aware of her situation. And he's a Hollywood lib so he'd probably rather other people's money go to help her.And yes, I liked him on his TV shows.

43 posted on 06/07/2012 10:28:00 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: mountaineer1997

David, in his autobiography, brags about his big johnson, and reports he would give admiring fans the choice: 10 minutes talking, or give him a b-job...

He reports that just about every female, whatever age, chose the latter option.

Really???? WOW, I did not know that.


44 posted on 06/07/2012 10:31:31 AM PDT by peggybac
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To: freedumb2003
She probably didn't get a lot from that. She's pretty far down the cast list. Her own show bombed. That money was probably spent a long time ago.

Never understood her character getting a show with Chachi. At the time, they were pretty much the central characters on Happy Days (Richie was gone and Fonzie was getting a little old for the act, and he was trying to get out of his contract). Putting them on their own also added the problem that it was still family-oriented, but they weren't married, making their relationship even less believable.

45 posted on 06/07/2012 10:37:15 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: 4yearlurker

Hey,
they put ron howards UGLY brother in a ant poison commercial. Maybe they can add her/S


46 posted on 06/07/2012 10:56:07 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
As Jimmy Durante said, be nice to the people you meet as you're climbing the ladder, cause you're gonna meet 'em again on your way back down.

On an episode on "The Honeymooners", Ralph Kramden delivered a similar line, to which Norton replied: "Happens every day in the sewer!"

47 posted on 06/07/2012 10:56:17 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: 9422WMR

“an ant”, before the spell check/grammar police show up!


48 posted on 06/07/2012 11:00:44 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: iowamark

Honestly, she was never a great actress which is why her career ended once she was past the child stage, but one would think she’d still be making residuals from HD’s of some sort.

I am glad her and her husband are taking care of his Mom, that’s what you do, whether you are rich or poor.


49 posted on 06/07/2012 11:05:33 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: iowamark

Its a just punishment for ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’.


50 posted on 06/07/2012 11:06:11 AM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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