Happy Days are over for Erin Moran: Actress is 'homeless and destitute after being kicked out of her trailer park home'
09:27 GMT, 27 September 2012
Erin Moran was just 14 when she signed on to play Joanie Cunningham, the feisty little sister of Richie Cunningham in the hit Seventies show Happy Days.
But while child actor Ron Howard, who played Richie, has since gone on to become an A-list Hollywood producer and director, his on-screen 'sister' has fallen on much harder times.
Moran, 51, was photographed looking worse for wear outside a Holiday Inn in Corydon, Indiana, after reportedly being kicked out of the trailer she shared with her husband Steve Fleischmann.
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Down and out: Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days, in Indiana (left) and as she was in the show
Fallen on hard times: Moran and her husband Steve Fleishchmann are bouncing from one motel to another
RadarOnline.com is reporting that Erin was kicked out of the trailer she'd been sharing with her husband Steve by his mother, who was tired of her 'hard-partying ways'.
The National Enquirer reported back in June that the couple had moved into the 'rundown trailer park' after losing their California home to foreclosure.
'Erin was going out to bars and coming home at all hours of the night, sometimes with her rowdy bar friends, and Steve's mom just couldn't take it anymore,' a source told The National Enquirer.
Evicted: The 51-year-old former child star was reportedly kicked out of the trailer she was sharing with her mother-in-law who objected to Moran's 'hard-partying ways'
The publication claimed Erin is now 'bouncing' from motel to motel – most recently a Holiday Inn Express in Corydon, Indiana.
the photographs, taken about two weeks ago, Moran – who has not aged
well – is seen walking in a grey T-shirt and plaid shorts, a cigarette
hanging out of her mouth.
She stands outside the motel with her husband Steve, who is also smoking, both of them looking worse for wear.
In other shots, Moran sits smoking with another man on a bench with two Great Danes.
All washed up: The aging actress has not worked in a long time, having last appeared in Celebrity Fit Club 2008
Moran played fresh-faced Joanie in the sitcom Happy Days, which started in 1974 and ran for almost a decade.
continued the role in 1982 in the short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves
Chachi, alongside Scott Baio, until its cancellation the following
Since then, Moran's career has all
but stalled, with the exception of several television guest spots, and
an appearance in the 2007 independent comedy feature Not Another B
Payout: Moran and her husband are said to be living off a settlement payout from CBS
Tough times: Moran's role as Joanie in the sitcom Happy Days ran from 1974 for almost a decade
In 2008, she was a contestant on VH1's reality show Celebrity Fit Club.
and her husband are understood to be living off a dwindling sum of
money which was the result of a payout springing from a lawsuit filed by
several Happy Days cast members in April 2011.
The aging actress and three of her Happy Days co-stars, Don Most, Anson Williams and Marion Ross, plus the estate of Tom Bosley, who died in 2010, filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS, which owns the show.
Hard partying: These pictures were taken outside a Holiday Inn motel in Corydon, Indiana
Dog Days: The former actress is said to be near destitution as her last savings dwindle
The suit claimed that cast members had not been paid for merchandising revenues owed under their contracts.
July 2012, the actors settled their lawsuit with CBS. Each received a
payment of $65,000 and a promise by CBS to continue honoring the terms
of their contracts.
VIDEO: Happy Days. Erin Moran's shined as Joanie Cunningham