Erin Moran: From 'Happy Days' To Not-So-Happy Days

By Penny Chavers
Left: Tom Bosley, Erin Moran, and Scott Baio on 'Joanie Loves Chachi.' Right: Erin Moran publicity photo cfrom 1983. Source: IMDB; Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images

For Erin Moran, performing on Daktari, Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi made her one of the most famous child stars and young television actresses of her day. Unfortunately, Moran's story ended like that of too many child actors who struggle to sustain their careers into adulthood -- with financial misfortune and, ultimately, tragedy. Though fans of Happy Days and her other work were shocked to learn of her death in 2017, she left behind a TV legacy that continues to be enjoyed to this day thanks to the enduring appeal of Happy Days.