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Erin Moran signs autographs on the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Mother Goose Parade in San Diego County, in 2008.
|Born||Erin Marie Moran
October 18, 1960
Burbank, California, U.S.
Moran was cast as Jenny Jones in the television series Daktari, which ran from 1966 to 1969. In 1968, she made her feature-film debut in How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds. She appeared in 80 Steps to Jonah (1969) and Watermelon Man (1970). She made regular appearances on The Don Rickles Show in 1972. She made guest appearances in The Courtship of Eddie's Father, My Three Sons, Bearcats! and Family Affair. As a young child, she was also on the television series Gunsmoke.
In 1974, Moran was cast to play her best known role, Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days. She played the feisty younger sister of Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard). Moran continued the role in 1982 in the short-lived spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, alongside Scott Baio. After Joanie Loves Chachi’s cancellation in 1983, she returned to Happy Days for its final season.
In 2007, she made an appearance in the independent comedy feature Not Another B Movie.
In 2013, despite reports that she would be reunited with former Happy Days co-stars Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, and Scott Baio in the fourth season of Arrested Development, she did not appear in the revamped Netflix series.
Happy Days lawsuit
On April 19, 2011, Moran and three of her Happy Days co-stars, Don Most, Anson Williams and Marion Ross, plus the estate of Tom Bosley, who died in 2010, filed a US$10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS, which owns the show. The suit claimed that cast members had not been paid for merchandising revenues owed under their contracts. Revenues included those from show-related items such as comic books, T-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, toy cars, magnets, greeting cards and DVDs where cast members' images appear on the box covers. Under the actors' contracts, they were supposed to be paid five percent from the net proceeds of merchandising if a single actor's image was used, and half that amount if the cast members were pictured in a group. CBS said it owed the actors US$8,500 and US$9,000 each, most of it from slot machine revenues, but the group said they were owed millions. The lawsuit was initiated after Ross was informed by a friend playing slots at a casino of a "Happy Days" machine on which players win the jackpot when five Marion Rosses are rolled.
In October 2011, a judge rejected the group's fraud claim, which eliminated the possibility of millions of dollars in potential damages. On June 5, 2012, a judge denied a motion to dismiss filed by CBS, which meant the case would go to trial on July 17 if it was not settled by then. In July 2012, the actors settled their lawsuit with CBS. Each received a payment of US$65,000 and a promise by CBS to continue honoring the terms of their contracts.
Actress - filmography
- 1968: How Sweet It Is! as Little Girl
- 1968–1969: Daktari as Jenny Jones
- 1969: Death Valley Days as Mary (2 episodes)
- 1969: 80 Steps to Jonah as Kim
- 1970: The Courtship of Eddie's Father as Emily Ruth Gustafson
- 1970: The F.B.I. as Vickie Florea
- 1970: My Three Sons as Victoria
- 1970: Watermelon Man as Janice Gerber
- 1970–1971: Family Affair as Amy (2 episodes)
- 1971: O'Hara, U.S. Treasury as Little Girl
- 1971: Bearcats! as Elisa Tillman
- 1971: Gunsmoke as Rachel (2 episodes)
- 1972: The Don Rickles Show as Janie Robinson
- 1973: Lisa, Bright and Dark
- 1974–1984: Happy Days as Joanie Cunningham Arcola (234 episodes)
- 1975: The Waltons as Sally Ann Harper
- 1977: The Magic Pony (voice)
- 1978: Greatest Heroes of the Bible as Tova
- 1980–1985: The Love Boat as Carrie Walker (4 episodes)
- 1981: Twirl as Bonnie Lee Jordan
- 1981: Galaxy of Terror as Alluma
- 1982-1983: Joanie Loves Chachi as Joanie Cunningham
- 1983: Hotel as Karen Donnelly
- 1986: Murder, She Wrote as Maggie Roberts
- 1998: Diagnosis: Murder as Cynthia Bennett
- 1998: Desperation Boulevard
- 2007: Scott Baio is 45 and Single as Herself
- 2008: Celebrity Fit Club as Herself
- 2011: Not Another B Movie
- 2012: The Deceit as Mrs. Shephard
Soundtrack - filmography
- Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) ("Child Stars on Your Television")
- "'Fonzie' Reaches Out to Help Down-and-Out Erin Moran". New York Post. October 17, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Glynn, Michael (October 17, 2012). "Homeless Erin Moran: The Fonz to the Rescue!". National Enquirer. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
- Zamost, Scott (April 20, 2011). "'Happy Days' actors claim fraud, money owed for merchandising". CNNMoney.
- Gardner, Eriq (June 5, 2012). "'Happy Days' Actors Win Key Ruling in CBS Lawsuit". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Scott, Zamost (June 5, 2012). "'Happy Days' cast members' lawsuit heading for trial". CNN.
- Zamost, Scott (July 7, 2012). "'Happy Days' actors settle lawsuit with CBS". CNN.
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