‘Happy Days’: Erin Moran Revealed She Dated Scott Baio Behind the Scenes, Crushed on Another Cast Member

by Anna Dunn
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Former ‘Happy Days‘ star Erin Moran once revealed that she dated Scott Baio while working on set. Moran played the iconic Joanie Cunningham, while Baio played Chachi. However, Baio isn’t the only person Erin Moran had her eye on. She also revealed she had a little bit of a crush on Henry Winkler.

From ‘Happy Days’ to ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’

Erin Moran didn’t just work with Baio on happy days; they also co-starred in its spin-off, Joanie Loves ChachiJoanie Loves Chachi premiered in 1982 and had a short run until being canceled in 1983. While the show didn’t get good ratings and was canceled only 17 episodes in, Moran said it wasn’t intended to run for very long anyway.

The series followed Joanie and Chachi trying to make it on their own in Chicago. The beloved characters spent their time in Chicago working in a rock band and trying to make it big. Not only did the spin-off have the comedy of a traditional sitcom, but it also featured musical performances by both Baio and Moran.

Erin Moran returned to the Happy Days set after Joanie Loves Chachi’s short run. When asked about her own opinions about Joanie and Chachi, Moran said she liked that they ended up together.

Erin Moran after ‘Happy Days

Scott Baio and Erin Moran only dated for a short while. Moran would go on to marry twice. Once to Rocky Ferguson, then to Steve Fleischmann. Fleischmann wasn’t in the industry. Moran was married to Fleishman from 1993 until she passed away in 2017. She said she loved him very much.

Professionally, Moran went on to make many guest appearances on popular shows. This included Murder She WroteThe Love Boat, and Diagnosis: Murder. Erin Moran, Scott Baio, Ron Howard, and Henry Winkler were supposed to reunite on the set of Arrested Development, but for unknown reasons, that never happened.

Erin Moran passed away from stage 4 cancer in her home. After her death, Fleischmann penned an emotional open letter about her death and the months that preceded it. The letter came after what Fleischmann described as relentless harassment from the media, who wanted to know more about Erin Moran’s cause of death.

Happy Days may be long over, but its legacy lives on today. Erin Moran, Scott Baio, Henry Winkler, and every other actor on the set of Happy Days brought to life one of the most iconic sitcoms in TV history.

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