Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Erin Moran R.I.P.

Erin Moran, who played Jenny Jones in one season of Daktarii and Joanie Cunningham on the hit TV show Happy Days, died on April 22 2017 at the age of 56. The cause was cancer.

Erin Moran was born on October 18 1960 in Burbank, California. She was interested in acting from a very young age and her mother signed her with an agent when she was only five years old. Her first job was also when she was only five years old, appearing in a commercial for First Federal Bank. She made her film debut in Who's Minding the Mint? in 1967 and then appeared in  How Sweet It Is! (1968). She joined the TV show Daktari in its final season, playing the orphan Jenny Jones who comes to stay with the Tracy family. In the late Sixties she also made guest appearances on the shows Death Valley Days, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, My Three Sons, and Family Affair. She appeared in the films The Happy Ending (1969), 80 Steps to Jonah (1969), and Watermelon Man (1970).

In the early Seventies she guest starred on the shows O'Hara, U.S. Treasury; Bearcats!; The Smith Family; Gunsmoke; The Don Rickles Show; The F.B.I.; and The Waltons. She began playing Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days in 1974.  

In the Eighties she appeared in the feature film Galaxy of Terror (1981). Happy Days would lead to a short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi that aired from 1982 to 1983. She guest starred on the TV shows The Love Boat; Glitter, Hotel; and Murder, She Wrote. From the Nineties to the Teens she guest starred on the TV shows Diagnosis Murder and The Bold and the Beautiful. She appeared in the feature films Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Broken Promise (2008), and Not Another B Movie (2010).

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