“Happy Days” provided work for many actors on the ABC sitcom. One of them even bought some property and gives it a show-related name.
Marion Ross, who played matriarch Marion Cunningham, said in a 1998 interview with the Tulsa (Okla.) World that she calls her home “Happy Days Farm.” The actress spoke to the paper from her dining room at her home in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Heck, she even went to the extreme of having guest bathroom towels inscribed with “Happy Days Farm” on them. At the time of the interview, Ross shared the home with her companion, actor Paul Michael.
She was 80 years old when giving the newspaper this interview. Ross is still alive and well on “Happy Days Farm” at 92 years old. “Mrs. C,” as she was called many times by Arthur Fonzarelli, played by Henry Winkler, is enjoying her time after years of hard work.
‘Happy Days’ Star Learned Lessons From Tough Childhood
Now Marion Ross didn’t have the easiest of upbringings in her home country of Canada. The “Happy Days” star opened up about it during a 2018 interview.
“I had a crippled brother, and I’m the second little girl, so I didn’t get a lot of attention,” Ross told Smashing Interviews Magazine. “I had to work hard to get attention, you know.”
She said that did help her, though, throughout her life. Ross also said that her mom reminded her that she could “be anything” for her career and life goals.
“Well, it made me what I am,” Ross said. “I just had to become ‘somebody,’ whatever that means.
“My mother was a Canadian, so I always say, ‘My mother was an immigrant,'” Ross said. “She was an Irish Canadian from Saskatchewan, and she would very much always say, ‘You can be anything. You can be anything.’ So I thought, ‘I will be. I will be.'”
Ross Shares Her Thoughts About Playing Iconic ‘Mrs. C’ Role
Many people who watch “Happy Days” might wonder what Ross thought about playing such an integral part on the ABC sitcom.
Ross sat down for an interview with the Archive of American Television to share her thoughts about favorite show moments.
“One of my favorite shows was when The Fonz and I did the tango together,” Ross said. “They had a special choreographer come to the set, and we would learn this on our lunch hour! And I’m sure the scene lasts what, thirty seconds? But I thought I was Ginger Rogers.”
Ross talks about the time the show had her do a play in her character.
“They had me do a scene from ‘The Rainmaker,'” she said. “And then I wrecked the car once, and that was another one of my favorites. I ended up in jail! Or they would have certain scenes where (characters) would say ‘Oh, where’s Mrs. C?’ and I would come in off the back of the motorcycle. You can imagine me all windblown, coming in all fancy. I loved stuff like that.”
Needless to say, Ross had a lot of fun on “Happy Days.” It obviously was a lot of work, but she holds fond memories of those times.