You may remember Erin Moran as little Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days, a very successful sitcom that ran for 10 years on ABC. Now the strange thing is Moran doesn’t technically fit this blog for a couple of reasons:
- She still works sporadically in TV – her last role was in 2012 in The Deceit as Mrs. Shephard.
- She is broke.
Last off however, Moran was living in a trailer park after the foreclosure of her home, and looking about 100 years old. A trailer park. What the heck she did with the considerable money she must have earned during her acting career, no one knows (probably not her either). Her residence in the trailer park with her husband Steven Fleischmann, actually belonged to his mother, That’s where it gets tawdry. Moran was forced to leave by Fleischmann’s mother after they had a drunken brawl in October this year (probably one among many). Moran went out to bars and came home late (very mature behaviour for a woman of her advanced years), sometimes bringing her bar friends along, and Steve’s mommy couldn’t take it anymore. Oh Joanie, Joanie, Joanie. Thinking of your Happy Days years, did you see that one coming? Then again, she lived with her parents in the show, set in the 1950s, so why not live with hubby’s parents whilst in her 50’s?
At first the 52-year-old was staying in Indiana hotels after being bounced from the trailer park. Just when you think things are as bad as they can get…more than an acting job, Moran needed an accountant. She’s working on an autobiography, which she hopes will help her settle some debts she has. The actress is still broke despite the fact that she and her “Happy Days” castmates reached a settlement with CBS over licensing revenue in July. The lawsuit asked for $10 million, but the final decision was reportedly a $65,000 payment for four stars, plus future royalties. Oops. Fell a little short of that 10 mill. Moran learned nothing from her previous financial blunders: tabloids claim she and her husband have been “blowing through” the payout, partying and staying in different motels in Corydon.
Rumor now has it that Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzerelli on Happy Days) is busy trying to help salvage her acting career by securing her a role on Arrested Development. Aw, Fonz. You always were so cool. However it would appear the Moran’s happy days are long over. In photographs, Moran is seen looking the worst for wear, a cigarette hanging out of her mouth. Scott Baio, her former co-star on Happy Days and Joanie (spelled Joni) Loves Chachi, who also stars in Arrested Development, says he has better things to worry about than Moran. ‘I don’t know what her situation is,’ the actor stated. ‘I have a job to do, I have a wife and child to take care of. So I don’t pay attention to things that I don’t know anything about. I’ve got my own situation to deal with.”
Guess Chachi don’t love Joanie anymore.
Comeback: D for in her Dreams
Redemption: Winkler is working hard on that.