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Erin Marie Moran was born child number five to Edward Moran and Sharon Layne. Having a house full of children, Erin appears to have had a natural affinity towards acting. One might even presume that she may have become a natural actor in needing to gain attention. Either way, by the age of five (1965) and still the baby in the house, her Mom signed her with an an agent and her career began.
Initally, she starred in commercials, and with her freckle face and button nose, she was an immediate hit. By eight she was co-starring on the television show, Daktari (1968). She was in her first movie by the age of eight (1968), and continued to make appearances in a number of television shows and movies over the next several years.
(1974) By the age of 13, she was a seasoned child actor, and received an opportunity to appear in a new television show called Happy Days. She would go on to play the role of Joannie Cunningham, Richie Cunningham's little sister. People across the US (initially, later in other countries) tuned in to watch this show about the "Happy Days" of the 50's and 60's. The show would go on to last for over 10 years. She even co-starred in a spin-off of Happy Days called Joannie Loves Chachi (1982 - 1983). This spin-off only lasted for a single year before she returned to Happy Days again.
By 1984, Happy Days had run its course and most of the stars had moved on to other projects. The show ended and Erin began to search for her next project. While the show had been in production, she starred in a number of television shows and movies, with guest roles on a number of talk and ensemble shows. But once Happy Days ended, she was unable to find steady work.
Her career struggling, she began a relationship with Rocky Ferguson and in 1987 they were married. According to at least one news article, Rocky seemed to be uncomfortable with her fame and wanted her to be less public. Their marriage lasted for a few happy years, but by 1993 the couple had called it quits and divorced.
Erin then met Steven Fleischmann (born circa 1967) on 22 April 1992 and on 23 November 1993 the two of them were married. He has been reported as being a Wal-Mart employee for at least some of their marriage.
She tried to restart her career in the late 1990's and 2000's and received some measure of success, but never captured the magic of her time on Happy Days. She reflected on this years later, noting that she still referred to her cast mates from the show as "her family".
By 2010, she and Steven had faced financial difficulties and had to file bankruptcy which resulted in losing their California home. They decided to move to southern Indiana, where Steven's mom had a trailer that they initially stayed in while they sorted out their issues. Erin began an outstanding lawsuit that was filed against CBS (along with her co-stars of Happy Days) claiming that they did not receive a fair portion of the proceeds from merchandising. The judge denied their claims and asked CBS to settle out of court. CBS eventually wrote a check to each star, and Erin received a single payment of $65,000.
After this, she would only make two more appearances (one movie, one television show) and her career essentially ended. She tried to make the trailer situation work out, but her mother-in-law kicked them out after too many late nights of partying. It appears that Steven and Erin (Erin at the very least) may have been homeless for a short time. But they were able to find housing and settled into a more normal life in southern Indiana.
Erin still met fans on the street and from all accounts was always glad to be recognized. Her relationship with Steven had been through a number of roller coaster situations, but nothing could prepare them for late November 2016 when she awoke to blood on her pillow. She was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer, and after months of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, feeding tubes, and more she passed away on April 22, 2017. Her husband was at her side, holding her hand as she died. Based on reports, it appears that all of her five siblings were alive at the time of her passing.
Her brother Tony (Anthony Moran) was the man behind the mask of Michael Myers in Halloween.
Kelly L. Moran was an actress in a few movies in the late 70's and early 80's.
John Patrick Moran was an acting coach and other than a brief guest appearance on Happy Days in 1974, didn't do a lot of acting until around 2008.
It does not appear that her other two siblings (Sharon Lei and Mike) were in acting.
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