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‘Happy Days’ Star Marion Ross Didn’t Get Along With On-Screen Husband Tom Bosley But She Learned To Love Him Eventually

Date September 30, 2019 15:03

For Marion Ross and Tom Bosley, who played iconic Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham in the hit sitcom Happy Days, their co-operation on the show was a real nightmare at the very beginning. How could the actors overcome their ‘disaffection’ and become friends after all?

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Not so ‘Happy Days’

Several generations of TV fans grew up watching the legendary series Happy Days. The show's success would never be so high without such a brilliant cast. Tom Bosley and Marion Ross became TV legends and won fans’ hearts as Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham.

Who would have thought that the iconic on-screen couple literally hated each other when they just started shooting together?

Marion revealed that she was on cold terms with Tom for several years. The reason was that Bosley had another actress in his mind to portrait Mrs. Cunningham. According to Marion, her co-star didn’t like the idea that she would play his wife in the series.

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In the beginning, Ross had a very small part. She said her lines were like:

Oh, Howard! Oh, children, you're not eating.

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“I learned to love him”

Though it was tough for the on-screen spouses to overcome that coldness between them, they could finally make it work.

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Marion said:

We had to work our way through that. Because I learned to love him, I loved him and we became very close friends.

Happy Days successfully run on television for 11 seasons. Multiple fans couldn’t imagine any other couple besides Marion Ross and Tom Bosley in the iconic series.

Marion was devastated when her close friend and on-screen husband died in 2010. They worked side by side for more than a decade, and Tom’s demise was more than losing a former co-star. For Marion, it was like losing a family member.

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During all the incredible 11 seasons of Happy Days, Marion Ross and Tom Bosley made our own days happy. They will always remain in fans’ hearts as Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham.