"Happy Days" Actress Marion Ross Still Mourns Her On-Screen Daughter Erin Moran
Marion Ross, an 89-years-old American actress, and the rest of the Happy Days cast will reunite in order to honor Ron Howard's late father Rance Howard, but there will be one member of the TV family missing.
Erin Moran, who passed away on April 22, played Marion Ross’ daughter for eleven seasons on the Happy Days show.
Happy Days is an American TV sitcom that aired in 1974 on ABC. The series depicted an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s Midwestern United States. Happy Days is considered to be one of the greatest TV hits in history. It made a big influence on the television style of its time.
Two days after Moran's death, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and the Harrison County Coroner's Office stated that the actress likely died because of complications from Stage 4 cancer, though it’s been said that Erin openly struggled with substance abuse for a long time.
With the one-year anniversary of her death approaching, Marion Ross has a message to all parents who are thinking about putting their children in showbiz:
My warning would be for parents who put their kids in show business — be very careful of that. Ron Howard’s parents just took him off the set and [took him] straight home. I think sometimes it’s the parents that break, not the child. She was such a smart little girl and to see her end up this way was tragic for everyone.
Scott Baio, who played Chachi alongside Moran in the Happy Days and dated his co-star in real life, was criticized for his reaction to rumors that the 56-year-old Moran died of drug abuse.
He wrote on his Facebook page:
Please stop assuming the [worst] in me. I'm a compassionate person. I'm very heartbroken over her passing, especially since it was cancer.
Marion Ross' book "My Days: Happy and Otherwise" will appear in bookstores this year, on March 27. She shares that Howard wrote the forward and the rest of the cast wrote a chapter.