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NEW YORK (AP) — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday at age 56.
A statement from the sheriff's department in Harrison County, Indiana, said the dispatcher "received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending."
The dispatcher confirmed to The Associated Press that the woman was the actress, who had been married to Steven Fleischmann.
"Such sad sad news. RIP Erin," ''Happy Days" star Ron Howard tweeted Saturday. "I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up TV screens."
A Burbank, California, native, Moran began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years old. She had several years of experience when she was cast in 1974 in "Happy Days" as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie Cunningham, played by Howard. Other cast members included Tom Bosley and Marion Ross as Joanie's parents and Henry Winkler as the loveable tough guy Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli.
"What happened with all of us was like we were this family," she told Xfinity in 2009. "It was so surreal with all the cast members. ... They were my family, get it?"
Debuting at a time of nostalgia for the seemingly innocent 1950s, the sitcom was set in Milwaukee and became a long-running hit. Howard and Winkler were the show's biggest stars, but the smiling, freckle-faced Moran also became popular. In 1982, she was paired off with fellow "Happy Days" performer Scott Baio in the short-lived "Joanie Loves Chachi." Moran returned to "Happy Days" in 1984, the show's final season.
"I would love to do a feature (film), I'd love to do a play," she told CNN in 1981 when asked what she'd like to do after "Happy Days."
Her more recent credits included "The Love Boat" and "Murder, She Wrote," but she never approached the success of "Happy Days" and was more often in the news for her numerous personal and financial struggles and was reportedly homeless at times.
In 2011, she and Ross and former "Happy Days" actors Anson Williams and Donnie Most sued CBS, saying they were owed money for merchandising related to the show. The lawsuit was settled the following year.
Moran told Xfinity that she had been working on a memoir, called "Happy Days, Depressing Nights."
"OH Erin... now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth," Winkler tweeted Saturday. "Rest In It serenely now.. too soon."
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Chuck Cunnningham raped her, right? Is that not why he was written out of the series. RIP Shortcake. Gone too soon.

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Reports are saying she might of died from stage 4 cancer.



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bpickering wrote: Reports are saying she might of died from stage 4 cancer.
Did she know about it?  Because the only reports I've heard (and I haven't looked anything up) said she was very lively and in good shape just a day or two before. 



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It is truly possible she didn't know. A close friend of mine was diagnosed last fall with stage 4 cancer. Clearly the cancer had been at work for months, but he felt no major ill effects until right before seeing a doctor and it came as quite a surprise to him to learn both that he had cancer at all and the extent to which he had it. Those close to him also had no inkling something was wrong.

He immediately began radiation therapy and then, due to what that treatment does to you, it became clear he was ill. However, he responded well to that treatment and then switched over to chemotherapy. In part due to not losing his hair and being able to put some weight back on, you'd honestly never know from looking at him right now that he was sick at all, yet he continues to have chemo and is not considered in remission by medical standards.

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Loved her in her yellow bikini in the "Jump The Shark" episode.


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Superstar wrote: bpickering wrote: Reports are saying she might of died from stage 4 cancer.
Did she know about it?  Because the only reports I've heard (and I haven't looked anything up) said she was very lively and in good shape just a day or two before. 

Yeah she knew about it. It was throat Cancer. The guy who played Postie said he a interview that she couldn't talk but they texted each other.    Reports now are saying her final days she had a feed tube.    



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Gotta love how Baio made his stupid and uninformed comments, and didn't care to walk them back after.

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She also had severe addiction issues. That was well known. It could have been both in the end. Doesn't matter - dead and dead and Baio is still an asshole no matter what.

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Last week I had my tv here in the office on TV Land watching Gunsmoke and they had an episode I had seen several times, but she's plays a small child who's family all are killed. She was GREAT in that episode, a really cute kid and she could act really well at such a young age. I've probably seen that episode a half dozen times over the years but it was just weird to see it again last week and then 2 days later they announce she had died. I was thinking when it was on, about like I do every time, how she was such a good child actor then great as she was growing up, as far as acting careers go she probably deserved much better..



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Easter Sunday on Decades I saw her as a small child on Family Affair. You could see the talent.

I think her addictions hurt her career. She also moved to Indiana. Not much demand for actors there. The guy who played the son on The Donna Reed show was trying to help her. So was Henry Winkler.

People were giving Ron Howard shit on twitter about not casting her in any movies. Gimme a break. That isn't how life works.

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TXM wrote: Chuck Cunnningham raped her, right? Is that not why he was written out of the series. RIP Shortcake. Gone too soon.
It was a "very special episode" but was too disturbing and was only aired once.  Chuck raped Joanie and it is implied that Fonzie killed Chuck. That's when Mr. & Mrs. C. let Fonzie move in above the garage.



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Ultimark wrote: Easter Sunday on Decades I saw her as a small child on Family Affair. You could see the talent.

I think her addictions hurt her career. She also moved to Indiana. Not much demand for actors there. The guy who played the son on The Donna Reed show was trying to help her. So was Henry Winkler.

People were giving Ron Howard shit on twitter about not casting her in any movies. Gimme a break. That isn't how life works.

Doesn't Adam Sandler cast his buddies in all of his films? 



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Franchise wrote: Ultimark wrote: Easter Sunday on Decades I saw her as a small child on Family Affair. You could see the talent.

I think her addictions hurt her career. She also moved to Indiana. Not much demand for actors there. The guy who played the son on The Donna Reed show was trying to help her. So was Henry Winkler.

People were giving Ron Howard shit on twitter about not casting her in any movies. Gimme a break. That isn't how life works.

Doesn't Adam Sandler cast his buddies in all of his films? 
Thats why all his movies bomb at the box office.



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I'm not disputing that, just pointing out it could have been done



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