‘Happy Days’: One Actor Said They Watched ‘I Love Lucy,’ ‘The Brady Bunch’ During Time on Show

by Joe Rutland
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One might think situation comedy stars wouldn’t want to watch, well, other sitcoms. That was not the case with “Happy Days” star Erin Moran.

In fact, she loved watching a slew of sitcoms during her time on the ABC sitcom.

“T.V. shows were ‘Father Knows Best,’ ‘I Love Lucy,’ ‘Room 222,’ ‘Welcome Back, Kotter,’ ‘The Brady Bunch,’ Mary Tyler Moore, ‘I Spy, ‘Mission: Impossible’…and, of course, cartoons on Saturday,” Moran said. She was interviewed for the website SitcomsOnline.com.

Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days,” said her favorite cartoon to watch was Bugs Bunny.

Marion Ross Remembers Final Chat With ‘Happy Days’ Costar

Her life after “Happy Days” and its spinoff, “Joanie Loves Chachi,” did not go well. She developed Stage 4 cancer and died on April 22, 2017. Substance abuse plays a part in Moran’s life story beyond “Happy Days.” She battled drugs and alcohol addiction for a number of years.

Marion Ross, who played Marion Cunningham on “Happy Days,” recalled speaking with Moran one final time before she died.

“As I said good-bye to her and hung up, I felt so much better about her than I had on so many other occasions over the years,” Ross told Desert Sun. “She seemed to be not only upbeat but also at peace with the demons of depression, drugs and alcohol she had wrestled with for many years.”

Anson Williams Says Moran Had Tough Family Upbringing

Another one of Moran’s costars, Anson Williams, who played Potsie on “Happy Days,” recalled Moran’s family upbringing.

He claims during an interview in the summer of 2017, after Moran’s death, that her life growing up in a broken home was extremely rough because of her family.

“I don’t want to get into her personal life, but Erin had a really harsh upbringing,” Williams said somberly. “No child should have the family she had. She didn’t get the upbringing a child should have, which really makes life hard.

“She had a lot of problems for a lot of years, but then she and her wonderful husband, Steve, really straightened themselves out beautifully,” Williams said. “They were really back on track when this cancer hit her.”

Despite her sad life, Erin Moran put smiles on people’s faces for a long time on “Happy Days.”

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