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‘Happy Days’ Star Marion Ross’ Divorce Left Her Extremely Poor In Her 40s With 2 Kids To Care For: “It Was Hard”

Date September 27, 2019

Many remember Marion Ross as cheerful Marion Cunningham from the hit ABC sitcom Happy Days. For the role, she received two Emmy Award nominations and gained a lot of popularity.

However, there was a time in her life when the days were far from happy.

Broke and divorced

Before landing the role of Mrs. C, Marion Ross had been through a lot. She made her acting debut at 25 years old, playing alongside Ginger Rogers in 1953’s movie Forever Female.

‘Happy Days’ Star Marion Ross’ Divorce Left Her Extremely Poor In Her 40s With 2 Kids To Care For: “It Was Hard”Getty Images / Ideal Image

She then started receiving regular jobs in TV shows like The Brady Bunch, Father Knows Best, The Lone Ranger, and many more.

But by 1968, Marion lost all her TV and movie success and her marriage was coming to an end. Ross married Freeman Herman Meskiman, Jr. in 1950. But even the couple’s two children couldn’t save their relationship and 18 years later, the pair separated forever.

In her 40s, Ross found herself broke and divorced. The TV veteran shared with Closer Weekly:

When I was 40, I got divorced. Nobody had a job [for me], and I had two small children. I rented out one of the bedrooms in my house to pick up some money. I’d think, I made $35 today. It was hard.

But, luckily, she pulled herself back together. At 46, she got the role of homemaker Marion Cunningham on Happy Days and revived her career.