Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dies At Age 56

NBC News reports:

Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the hit TV series “Happy Days” has died in Indiana at the age of 56, police said. TMZ first reported the death. The Harrison County, Indiana, sheriff’s office told NBC News that dispatchers got a 911 call for an unresponsive female at 4:07 p.m. Saturday and first responders found Moran deceased.

Moran played Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Richie Cunningham, who was played by Ron Howard. Her character was a love interest of the character Chachi, played by Scott Baio. The sitcom set in the 1950s in Milwaukee, which ran from 1974 to 1984, was a hit. Moran also co-starred along with Baio in the short-lived spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” which began in 1982.

  • bkmn

    Shame she died relatively young, at least she will never have to look at Baio again.

    • StrangeFruit

      First World, 21st Century Problem: Dying at the advanced age of 56 and having some ignorant, over-privileged honkey with entitlement issues calling it “relatively young”. Relative to who? The vast majority (like 99%+) of Homo sapiens sapiens who died at much younger ages? Relative to the modern day female inhabitants of, say, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo?

      Please!

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Well I’m sure the Dafur orphans might squeeze out one shiny tear when your old cynical bitch-ass bites the dust but it would be wasted.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        StrangeFruit?

        Please. BitterMelon.

        • StrangeFruit

          Yeah, you should know, Chink.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            You know, whatever happened to our good ol’ trolls? The ones who would be able to make a comment that wasn’t at the intellectual weight of a salt fried slug– remember them? Now we’re stuck with trolls like StrangeFruit. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

          • Treant

            Alas, the good ol’ days.

          • agcons

            I’ve been lamenting the piss-poor quality of latter-day trolling for quite a while. While the morons who spew have always been around, there at least used to be clever trolls. Kids these days.

          • Jerry

            Is “Latter-Day Trolling” also based in SLC?

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          • BobbyTolberto aka TDA

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            My friend is of Chinese heritage. She says, “I don’t know why they’re called white, because you are all pink as ham.”

            Dunno why that cracked me up, but it did.

          • TuuxKabin

            We call him ‘pale face’ because he has face like a bucket.

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          Tried bitter melon soup once. Didn’t like it. But at least I tried it!

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            I hate bitter melon. It really is good for you. Quite healthy but, I’d rather die a happy man.

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      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Strange Fruit– it was such a much more poignant name when someone else used it in a much more erudite manner.

        • StrangeFruit

          Yeah, heroin addicts are SO erudite (when singing some Jew’s song).

          Nigger-loving kike.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Slither on back to Breitbart. They miss you there.

          • His HolySh1t King Donald

            It’s earth day, why are the trolls out on this site? I bet that thing is a trumpanzee.

            Was over at TMZ earlier and as predicted, the ones smack talking Caitlyn Jenner about her private parts are all trumpanzees.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Well, I hope that the trolls over there are better than the one we got stuck with here. Seriously, StrangeFruit is more novice than by even the most generous of standards.

          • His HolySh1t King Donald

            I didn’t finish reading its posts. JMG is too generous allowing anonymous posts. We can’t block them.

            I was a bit surprised to see so many trumpanzees on TMZ because cons don’t normally keep up with pop culture.

          • Dagoril

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          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            Dang. I cannot block this person. I can hide comment or hush them. I’ll report them to Joe.

        • Daveed_WOW

          Indeed. Bring back downvoting.

          • prixator

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            (The troll’s 1st comment in this sub-thread has 18 downvotes at this time.)

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            I should look for that app for Chrome.
            I’d be interested in it.
            Thanks for mentioning it.

          • prixator

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      • andrew

        Beyond sounding strange, you sound so sad, bitter and angry. Perhaps counseling would help you develop a more positive attitude and help you to enjoy whatever longevity you may have.

        • StrangeFruit

          Thanks for sharing your irrelevant and inaccurate opinion, asshole.

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      • TampaDink

        Just out of curiosity, how advanced in years are you?

      • Goodboy
        • TampaDink

          Ah, Sam Eliot! (swoon)

          • LADY MABELINE

            I confirmed I was happily gay watching “Lifeguard” as a teenager.

          • TampaDink

            I am happily enjoying “The Ranch” as a 50-something.

          • Jerry

            Yep…that movie did it for me too.

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            Me too. He’s so woofy and has a delightful presence in many films and such a deep voice.

      • Nowhereman

        Oh Good Grief. I’m 65. 56 IS relatively young.

      • DoctorDJ

        “…Homo sapiens sapiens…”

        Got a stutter, Man?
        Get over yourself.

        • JCF

          That IS the correct technical Latin name for us upright apes. Homo sapiens sapiens.

          • StrangeFruit

            Oh, tranny gots half a brain! Good for you and your gender dysphoria and medically mutilated genitalia.

          • Ronald Reagan is Dead!
          • StrangeFruit

            So is your brain. And your cock.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Your comments are so rudimentary. I really hope that you are better at something else in life because, wow, your comments are just, well, dumb.

          • StrangeFruit

            Well, you’re retarded and your mother’s a whore and your father’s in prison taking Black cock and HIV like your grandmother and grandfather on both sides of your family which is really just one because of incest you know and you named yourself so uncleverly after an Irish faggot who couldn’t figure out how to fuck man-ass and keep himself out of prison and there was no Black cock (which you like because you’re shit) there and you see fit to call my comments rudimentary? I guess that’s to be expected since you went to school for the retarded and was raped by the Catholic priests only because you’re Irish.

            NiggerBtichCuntMotherFuckerILookForwardToShittingOnYourGraveMonkeyFuckerShitEatingWhore

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Yawn. You’re so predictable, it’s sad. You throw in a comment at the start of a post that is a textbook, elementary school insult, add in some sexual reference, insult a culture or race, and then end with a string of insults stuck together in some pseudo Germanic fashion.
            You really must learn to try harder. Do attempt to be less utterly boring and ordinary. Honestly, try not to be a clichΓ©.

          • joeyj1220

            maybe he has Tourette’s? (types like he has it)

          • His HolySh1t King Donald

            You sound like a butthurt trumpanzee. Not sure why you’re so hurt. You won, remember?

          • joeyj1220

            good lord… call for an exorcism

          • Christopher
          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

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          • Oscarlating Wildely

            …and flagged,
            Insult one part of the LGBTQ community, insult us all.

          • StrangeFruit

            HaHa!!!

            Bitch.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Who’s a pretty troll? You’re a pretty troll!

          • His HolySh1t King Donald

            LOL now that’s funny

          • Acronym Jim

            You misspelled “petty.”

          • JCF

            Killfile is my friend. πŸ˜‰

          • BobSF_94117

            I know, I know…

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        • StrangeFruit

          Get an education, motherfucker.

          Homo sapiens sapiens vs. Homo sapiens neandertalensis.

          Bitch-cunt-whore.

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        The Milo Yanopoulus school of self loathing and closed mindedness.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          spit three times when you utter that name or he may appear with jumper cables and a feather boa at a campus near you.

      • Dying Slower Than You

        N, Please!……If you gonna slur a bitch, do it right. It’s “honky”.

        Get educated.

      • Robert Schaaf

        That’s Just Great! Call out “some ignorant, over-privileged honkey with entitlement issues” while your own racism is waiting in the wings.

  • Todd20036

    Terrific. Joanie dies young, but Chachi is a living Trumpanzee who’s too stupid to realize that Trump would deport him if he didn’t have his papers on hand.

    • JWC

      Screw Chachi miss Joanie she had a tuff life

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    • Goodboy

      Speaking of shitzi I mean Chachi no word?

    • His HolySh1t King Donald

      The stupid tend to live longer for some reason .

      BTW, I should’ve β„’ the term “trumpanzee” Damn LOL

    • CassandraDuplex

      Now no one loves Chachi

  • So sad to hear she had fallen on hard times.

  • Paula

    Very sad. I read that she had some tough problems. The Fonz said it best I hope she finds the peace she was looking for.

  • fastlanestranger

    Good Lord. 56 is so damn young. Bless her loved ones.

  • MikeBx2

    I’ve never read a bio on her or heard her talk about her parents. She would only have been 13 when Happy Days started. I wonder if they saved her income for education and a future beyond acting? I would think that makes the difference in a child being able to adjust to life out of the spotlight. Again, I don’t know any details about her life, so I’m just wondering.

    • Talisman

      If I remember correctly, they didn’t. She was an addict and lived in a trailer park.

      • MikeBx2

        Such a tragedy.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    If I recall, she hit some pretty hard times for more than a few years. And 56 years of age: there is still a lot of life left to live. And to think that her acting compatriot continues to spread his bile adds insult to loss.

    • KCMC

      and now no one loves Chachi.

  • TampaDink

    As I approach 54, 56 is way too young.
    Back when I was 21 & my father died….at the age of 56, while I knew it was too soon I felt like he’d lived a long life. Age brings perspective…if nothing else.

    • JWC

      Hugs my friend, I lost my Mom at 54. An illness that gave her a year yet she suffered 3.Missed her immensly, but felt good she was out of her misery

      • FAEN

        Hugs.

        I’m sorry matey.

        • JWC

          Thanx she was my mom but I became her caregiver

      • TampaDink

        Hugs back at ya, JWC! Even at the time, my mom & my 4 older siblings & I agreed that Dad was fortunate…as were we all, to have been spared from what could have been a long, lingering, & painful death. Being admitted to the hospital 3 days after a week of vacation (although he thought he had the flu during our time at their beach place) with what he thought were symptoms of a mild stroke, 3 days of testing & being diagnosed with fully metastasized malignant melanoma…with a prognosis of 3 days max….and dying in just two days was a relief…for everyone.

        • John B.

          I’m sorry for your loss, but I’m glad he didn’t suffer long. My father is enduring a lingering, living death in a nursing home following a massive stroke 3 years ago, and his care has nearly bankrupted my mother. Our health care system is so fucked.

          • TampaDink

            Thanks, John.
            I’m sorry to hear about your father’s situation & how it is financially eroding your mother’s quality of life. Although the health care system moved in the right direction with the A.C.A., I’m afraid that will be repealed & replaced with something that will provide great care & comfort for insurance executives & screw the rest of us.

      • Goodboy

        Sorry. I know the day will come but I can’t even imagine a world without my Mom. I’m too much of a momma’s boy.

    • FAEN

      I’m sorry you lost your Dad at 56.

      Hugs

      • TampaDink

        Thanks, FAEN. It was tough….but could have been so much worse. Although he…and our relationship was far from perfect, I have happy memories.

        • FAEN

          I’m glad you do.

          • TampaDink

            Thanks…I think that it does help.
            At the time, I kind of beat myself up for not having the courage to come out to him. I’d like to believe that I would have had he lived another year or two….since I did come out to my mom about 18 months after she was widowed. I weighed the subject, albeit briefly, but decided that I didn’t want to risk him dying while being pissed off at me.

          • SFHarry

            I think that was not only a reasonable decision but also a very kind and considerate one.

          • TampaDink

            Thanks, Harry. At 21, I wasn’t all that mature yet & not fully ready to disclose my sexual orientation to my family but I did consider the notion that my dad had a right to know.
            Discussing this years later, my mom has said that I did the right thing but that she is sure that he’d have come around & accepted me for who I am, given time. I’ve talked with my surviving siblings about it in recent years, mentioning that Dad had made a non-judgmental statement about my 1st boyfriend, a fraternity brother that I’d brought home for a weekend…”Do you think that Steve might be…well, you know?” Without being too defensive, I just said that I’d never given it much thought…and that he played football in high school. (He was 6′-4″ but had a slightly effiminate manner.) My sister-in-law is convinced that was Dad’s way of telling me that he knew. She may be right. Ironically, even though Steve came to Dad’s funeral, within 2 months he moved on because my on-going grief was uncomfortable for him. At that point, his only familial loss had been a grandfather….so I get it.

    • Cuberly

      Sorry for the TMI but, on Thursday my urologist informed me that my biopsy tests came back clean, no cancer cells were detected. The last two weeks had been rather nail bitingly frustrating waiting for the results.

      Yeah, it gives one pause. Perspective.

      • TampaDink

        Nothing is TMI for me….and I am so happy & relieved to hear your news. I’ve had a polyp scare…so I know how worrisome that can be.

        • Cuberly

          Are you ok? When you say scare wasn’t sure if you meant it was past tense.

          • TampaDink

            Yes…thankfully. It proved to be benign at my last colonoscopy…and I don’t have another one until 2018.

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            I think I might prefer death to another colonoscopy! Drinking 2 liters of what tastes like low tide in brackish water is only the beginning of that ride, and it doesn’t get better from there.

          • TampaDink

            I hear ya. But….my last two were not nearly as awful as the first one, back in my 30’s….when I drank 3 liters of some vile substance called “cherry go-lightly”. Lightly? By whose standards? I recall wishing that there was a safety belt on the commode and then the sensation that I’d been riding a cock made of sandpaper. I was ever so pissed off when I arrived for the procedure and was asked “how much of the solution did you drink”….I answered that I’d drank every vile drop as directed. The nurse replied, “oh, you could have stopped as soon as you were only passing clear liquid.” Lucky for her, they put me under soon after she said that.

            The most recent procedures required very little nasty liquid consumption….and far less severe results. From what I’ve observed, the icky part of a colonoscopy is far less icky than dying of colon cancer.

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            It wasn’t “cherry go lightly” but it was some ‘go lightly’ product.
            Low Tide Go Lightly. Adding cherry to it would not improve it!

          • TampaDink

            The metallic taste was far stronger than any hint of cherry that there might have been.

          • Cuberly

            Good news!

            Yeah I have to have my first colonoscopy this year. The one test I’ve been holding off on for a few years.

          • TampaDink

            Not exactly a celebratory moment….but it isn’t nearly as bad as some believe and the prep is definitely the worst part.

          • Cuberly

            Yeesh….not looking forward to it at ALL.

          • TampaDink

            I have a point of reference that made all 3 of mine (and counting) semi tolerable. Years prior to my first colonoscopy I had a flexible sigmoidoscopy. The biggest difference comes from being knocked out completely.

          • Cuberly

            Don’t they offer being knocked out for the standard colonoscopy?

          • TampaDink

            That does seem to be standard operating procedure but not so with a flexible sigmoidoscopy.

          • Cuberly

            Wow, not sure I even know the difference. I’m sure I’ll find out though.

          • TampaDink

            The colonoscopy explores much deeper into the colon…and ya get good drugs. The sigmoidoscopy doesn’t go nearly as deep….but I found it to be extremely uncomfortable…drugs would have helped immensely.

          • Cuberly

            Wow, the things we have to be aware of as we age. Thanks for the info, (sigh).

          • TampaDink

            Sometimes it isn’t even age related. I had that flexible sig. when I was 28, digestive issues have been a part of my life all along. πŸ˜‰

          • Butt Not For You

            I drank the prep liquid with a straw. It wasn’t that bad.

          • TampaDink

            Last go round, my prep fluid was mixed with a 32 oz. bottle of gatorade….which was far less disgusting.

        • Treant

          Yeah, I had five of those little hangers-on at my last colonoscopy. All benign, but I have to go back for another in 2019 since I was, apparently, growing the Great Barrier Reef up there.

          • TampaDink

            Ugh! I’m sorry that you have to endure the process again so soon. At least my cardiac situation has been stable for more than a decade. Aside from having the blood checked every few weeks, to make sure that the blood thinner (Warfarin) is doing it’s job, life has been pretty easy. My cardiologist is very optimistic but has reminded me often that the arrhythmia will eventually return…so I expect more rounds of ablation & eventually getting a pacemaker/defibillator.

          • Treant

            I am quite fortunate that my arrhythmia/fibrillation controls very, very well with a calcium channel blocker (Cardizem, in my case) that’s cheap and has no side effects. It’s unlikely to get any worse.

            And, on the up side, Cardizem can also be used as an anti-migraine medication. So since I take it anyway and tolerate it well…it’s a possibility.

          • TampaDink

            That sounds promising! I’ll ask about it the next time we have the arrhythmia discussion. Have you undergone ablation? It took 4 rounds before they finally burned off the bad nerve path ways that sparked my PSVT “paroxismyl supraventricular tachycardia” which was a result of the scar tissue from 2 back to back valve replacements.

          • Treant

            Nope, there was no need for ablation in my case. I controlled so well on the meds that it isn’t an issue–and mine is genetic. My grandfather did and several cousins do suffer the same condition.

          • TampaDink

            Glad that you’ve not had to go through it, although it is far from the worst things (in terms of pain) I’ve had done. The mitral valve prolapse type of heart murmur runs in my family…so far, I’m the only one where it has become an issue.

          • Treant

            Dad had a bad valve and had that replaced, but had lots of other work done at the same time. He was down for weeks…and never really did rebound a hundred percent.

            His was due to an infection as a child, though, so nothing I need worry about. I’ve had mine checked.

          • TampaDink

            My dad’s mitral valve prolapse (mvp) was asymptomatic, mine was one of the myriad of “special features” that I came equipped with. It was probably worsened by the use of some medication in early childhood that left me with crappy teeth…and definitely affected by being told that I’d “outgrown” my murmur when I had my corrective hand surgery at 11. Subsequently, I went through my teen years of dental care, including orthodontics without being given antibiotics. At 34, I suddenly became exhausted by climbing a single flight of stairs. I chalked it up to working 60+ hours a week. Eventually I got a physical & was ordered to see a cardiologist immediately. Two days later I had what I call “my first grand opening”. Although the pre-operative heart cath. had mapped out the situation with the nearly non functioning valve, the surgical team got a surprise when they got in there & found that I’d also been born with a hole in my heart…an atrial septal defect, which they patched while they implanted the mechanical valve that “would last a lifetime & give me more energy than I’d ever had before.”

            Liars!

          • Treant

            Oh, trust me, I’m waiting. Now that the ENT has referred me to the neurologist, I’m fully expecting the neurologist to pass the buck and say it’s the (very minor) TMJ I have that’s causing the whole problem. After which the oral surgeon will probably say it’s my sinuses…

            I have no great trust of doctors after the last time when a gastroenterologist managed to misdiagnose a bad gallbladder for two years.

          • TampaDink

            The medical run around….the story of my life. Without insurance the story would have ended long ago. I hope that you at last have decent health insurance to cover all of the passing of the buck.

          • Butt Not For You

            Also had benign polyps removed. Had follow up again. Have to say all went smoothly. That Propofol was so relaxing. Best to all.

      • LADY MABELINE

        Good news indeed

        • Cuberly

          Yes it is…. πŸ˜‰

      • His HolySh1t King Donald

        Congrats!!!!

        • Cuberly

          Thank you!

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Happiness is an healthy butthole.

        • TampaDink

          A butthole filled with hapenis is the happiest butthole of all.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            No, no, no. A ha’penis will never do.

            But God Bless You.

          • TampaDink

            Is the goose fat already?

        • Cuberly

          Lol…Indeed it is.

      • Colonel Panic.

        Great news! very pleased for you.

      • gaymex1

        That’s really great news. We’re all happy for you.

        • Cuberly

          πŸ˜‰

      • BearEyes

        glad to hear it.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Yay, cub!

        • Cuberly

          Thanks, it was a relief.

      • David Milley

        (chuckle) No need to apologize for TMI on medical issues. I’m shocked to realize I’ve reached the age where such talk is of lively interest. Glad to hear yuh got a clean bill of health.

        • Cuberly

          Yep, that time when the physical shit starts happening. The list of yearly tests one has to take gets longer.

      • ColdCountry

        Good news! I’m glad all you test results came back “positive.”

      • Nychta

        Hooray for the good news. What a relief.

    • John B.

      I remember all too well when 50-something seemed old. Now I’m 55, my partner of 35 years (and legally married husband of 7) is 54 and was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer late last year. We only discovered it from a routine PSA test during a long-overdue physical. Prostatectomy didn’t get it all so now he’s getting daily radiation treatments. We’re hoping that cures it but if not, it may at least buy us a few more years. Men, if you’re over 50 and especially if you have a family history of prostate cancer, get those PSA tests. This is a very treatable cancer if you catch it early. (And we’re all too aware of how lucky we are to have good health care through our respective jobs. This would have already bankrupted us without our insurance.)

      • JDS

        Exactly. Get your PSA tested. It’s how my Prostate cancer was found at 52.

      • TampaDink

        I’m sorry that you guys are having to go through this but glad that things look optimistic. I cannot count how many of my older friends have battled prostate cancer.

    • Octoberfurst

      I’m 58. When I was in my teens and twenties that seemed old. Now it doesn’t. To me, being 80 is old now—until I get around that age. Charlie Murphy just died and now Erin. Both a little younger than me. Things like that make me appreciate life more.

      • TampaDink

        It is all a matter of perspective. I learned early in life that we are only here for a short time…so best to enjoy the trip.

    • ColdCountry

      I hear ya. When my father was my age, he’d been dead for five years. Perspective, indeed.

      • TampaDink

        None of my male relatives from the previous 2 generations have lived beyond 62, which my surviving older brother will be this year. Things like that make me think about mortality. So far, I’m older than my maternal grandfather & my oldest brother lived to be.

        • ColdCountry

          That does make you think. Sounds as though you’re doing something right, however.

          • TampaDink

            Sometimes I wish that I had managed to remain in the workforce but at the time that I applied for my long term disability & SSDI my back was against a wall. The removal of the stress factor has probably prolonged my run of fair health.

  • Poor Erin. She had a rough path. Rest In Peace.

  • seant426

    Heroin OD.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Confirmed?

    • andrew

      Is that the same thing as complications from stage four cancer?

  • ErikDC

    Was Happy Days really that good? It was on its way out when I was a baby and I’ve never seen an episode in syndication.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Thinking comparatively and yes, nostalgically– I suppose so. Prior to jumping the shark (and yes, it was the origin) it was a less schmaltzy Leave it to Beaver, middle America, not too risky, likeable and very white character show.
      Read as: It played in Peoria (well, OH! so Hetero! Aaron Schrock was playing in Peoria as well but that was of a different nature.)

      • TampaDink

        I concur. Jumping the shark originated with Happy Days…and afterwards it wasn’t as good, in my opinion. Maybe not as bad as Dallas’ dream season….but still. Ugh.

        • JWC

          It was a typical US production that did not have the good graces to leave at the top it kept adding characters and spin offs that were irrelevant should have ended 4-5 years

          • TampaDink

            True….sometimes quitting while you are ahead is for the best but it can leave some fans longing for more. Six Feet Under comes to mind.

          • JWC

            That was a bit long znd ended weirdly

          • TampaDink

            For me, it was a perfect ending. It left nothing to the imagination of what became of everyone and weirdness was part of what made it such a compelling series for me.

          • JWC

            True it did not leave you anticipating a sequel

          • TampaDink

            And although I loved the characters & the writing, not wondering whether they’d bring it back gave me a sense of acceptance.

          • JWC

            the one actress I hated ( which meant she was good) was Brenda she just couln’t get it together

          • TampaDink

            I know what you mean….but I had sympathy for Brenda & her brother Billy for their fucked up childhood.
            In case you or any other J.M.G.-er has forgotten…

            Brenda is the oldest daughter of a wealthy psychiatrist, Bernard Chenowith, and psychologist Margaret Chenowith. During her childhood, Brenda’s parents were sexually open to their children, along with being promiscuous, often deviating from their respective marital partner. Also during her childhood, Brenda was discovered to have an IQ of 185, and, as a result, was the subject of a study by psychiatrist Gareth Feinberg, published as the best-selling book Charlotte Light and Dark, a book that would repeatedly haunt Brenda throughout her life. In fact, as a child Brenda realized she was being observed and began studying mental disorders and would fake symptoms to spite the doctors. At one point in her life, Brenda planned on attending Yale University, but opted to remain at home in California and attend UCLA when her troubled brother, Billy, ostensibly attempted suicide.

            Her character background also explained (to me, anyway) why it made sense that she & Billy lived together at the end of their lives.

          • JWC

            Oh I got all of that and knew it was just acting. That’s what I meant, in a production, if an actot can evoke, in me, such strong emotions ( totally pissed off) then they have portrayed that character to perfection

          • TampaDink

            Oh yes….I know exactly the kind of roles you are talking about.
            Margaret Hamilton as the wicked witch of the west
            Shirley MacLaine as Ousier Boudreaux
            Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdink
            Rosemary Alexander as Dr. Eve Bollinger
            are among those types of performances for me.

          • JWC

            So emotional, that when walking out of the theater , if you encountered them . a confrotation might ensue

          • TampaDink

            Absolutely. A little water for the witch, a whack at Ouiser, a chance to call the prince a warthog faced buffoon and to tell Dr. Eve that she needs a lifetime of therapy herself.

          • JWC

            maybe during my recovery from knee surgeryI will binge watch

          • TampaDink

            When are you having surgery?

          • JWC

            Second one End of May

          • TampaDink

            At least you know what you are in for, having already survived one knee job. (job sounds more sexy than surgery)

          • JWC

            ya 3-6 weeks being a hop a long the worsy was catact surgery when I suffered a detached retina

          • TampaDink

            Ouch and dammit! One of my mom’s cataract surgeries went so bad that she eventually had to have a cornea transplant.

          • JWC

            after 3 repairative surgeies they finallt pumped oil into the vack of my eye and for almost 2 years eveything viewed in my left eye was normal bright eye 1/3 the size Brite sunlte bothered it reading massive headaches they finally took the oil out and all is well

          • TampaDink

            Glad that they finally got your vision restored. It took about 2 yrs. for my mom’s sight to be restored to near normal. At least she doesn’t have to wear 2 pair of sunglasses in the house with all of the drapes closed any more.

          • JWC

            Ya so good to get back to normal now I read about 3 books a month

          • TampaDink

            I’m so happy for you! Now we gotta get you through another knee job.

          • JWC

            Yup will keep you posted

          • TampaDink

            I’m counting on that!

          • JWC

            Thanx

          • TampaDink

            Any time. As Dionne Warwick used to sing…that’s what friends are for.

          • JWC

            Thankfully our fav lesbian is back tomorrow

          • TampaDink

            Thank goodness…..unless she takes off to go fly fishing…

          • JWC

            Hehe or log splitin

          • TampaDink

            πŸ˜€

          • JWC

            other than a good speech with Obama a dead day on here It worries me when Trump is quiet Sphincter doesn’t inflame or Udo and Quasi aren’t being stupid When everything is qyuiet you wonder whats up Hope I am not becoming complacent

          • TampaDink

            Due to being away from home for most of the day (which is highly unusual), I still haven’t watched President Obama’s speech. I’ve been somewhat disconnected…but will try to catch up….after (late) supper…and after Rachel.

          • JWC

            as i am 3 hours behind ypu when (your Time) do you watch Rachel

          • TampaDink

            3 minutes until Rachel….I’ll be back online later.

          • JWC

            Ok 2100 your time and 3 hours later 2100 my time

          • TampaDink

            Yup…..and I fell asleep towards the end of the show and never made it back here.

          • JWC

            good to know that I can watch Rachel at the same time as you 2100/1800 on an Eastern feed But 1800 is my local news so I have to have my sane news news first Bolster up with a couple of svotches then hit Rachel @2100 then bed

          • TampaDink

            I’m usually up pretty late…3 am or later…but last night I was exhausted. Tuesday nights are my weekly get together with friends…I typically get back home around 2 am.

          • JWC

            Good for you Living on an island sorta denies me that

          • TampaDink

            I’d forgotten…or maybe I never knew that you are on an island.

          • JWC

            40 miles due west of Bellingham WA but still in Canada

          • TampaDink

            Thanks for jogging my memory. That’s enough exercise for me for the week. ;-p You live in one of the most beautiful part of the world.

          • JWC

            it is nice here and quiet

          • TampaDink

            Do you have to go to Vancouver for medical care?

          • JWC

            No Victoria much closer

          • TampaDink

            I should have guessed that. I’m not usually that inept with geography.

          • JWC

            enjoy Rachel

          • TampaDink

            I did, thanks. Then I went out to hang with a couple of my friends….home again. Or…as the old song goes….

            It’s quarter to three
            There’s no-one in the place
            ‘Cept You and me.
            So set ’em up Joe,
            I’ve got a little story
            I think you should know
            We’re drinking my friend,
            To the end of a brief episode
            Make it one for my baby, and one more
            For the road
            I’ve got the routine
            Put another nickel in the machine
            I’m feeling so bad
            Can’t you make the music easy and sad
            I could tell you a lot
            But you’ve gotta be true to your code
            Just make it one for my baby, and one more
            For the road
            You’d never know it, but buddy I’m a kind of poet
            And I got a lot of things I’d like to say
            So when I’m gloomy, won’t you listen to me
            ‘Til it’s talked away
            Well, that’s…

          • JWC

            Good Rachel last night sorta got Jared tied in and workin on Jeffy

          • TampaDink

            Yes it was a good show. At least Rachel isn’t giving up on digging into the Russian elected administration.

          • JWC

            Scary but she is the only one .Other media twits are now reporting on what she dug up 2 months ago

          • TampaDink

            At least others on MSNBC are following the story.

          • JWC

            I could not help to think that I heard a “whoosh” as some of the air leaving the investigation The unknown chess piece Is James Comey. Granted he is playing it close and not saying who or what is being investigated But remember his one sidedness sunk Hillary when he could have also sunk Trump Again the FBI can not prosecute that is the justice department Your Read

          • TampaDink

            It is maddening that things can not seem clearer to anyone with a brain but the justice dept. can’t connect the dots while they’ve been aware of the dots for almost a year.

          • JWC

            can’t .. won’t will not , do not want to will never This administartion has no plans for the country as the damned fool divided the country then wonders why he can not govern a divied country The GOP will do nothing as long as they are stuck in party over country mode They will block every avenue to remove the orange Shitgibbon

          • TampaDink

            I am afraid that you are right. Party before everything else was a fine credo when I was in college but certainly not for a functioning government.

          • JWC

            and you can kick Turtles ass to the moon for that philosphy It’s almost as if its the last train out of town so load up while you can

          • TampaDink

            That turtle needs to be removed from office & imprisoned, along with the long line administration branch officials.

          • JWC

            a very touching eulogy for the Gay cop in Paris who was killed eulogy is by his partner On Towleroad

          • TampaDink

            Thanks. I’ll check it out.

          • JWC

            grab a Kleenex

          • TampaDink

            More like 5 or 6 of ’em.

          • Goodboy

            Went out on top and had the best ending for any show IMO.

          • TampaDink

            I must agree. I’ve re-watch the last 20 minutes of 6.F.U. countless times…and rarely without getting weepy.

          • Goodboy

            Yep. It effected me in a very profound way. Like live your life now and love the people in it.

          • TampaDink

            from an earlier season…
            Grief stricken woman: “Why do people have to die?”
            Nate: “To make life important.”

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Last episode: “You can’t take a picture of this. It’s already gone.”
            Yea, I lost it right about then.

          • TampaDink

            I held it together until Claire is saying goodbye to Ruth.
            “Thank you….for everything….for giving me life.”
            Ruth: “You gave ME life.”
            Thus begins my next 15-20 minutes of cathartic crying.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Ditto. I recently was hit by a car, almost fatal, luck that it wasn’t. I seriously thought of that episode while I was in the ambulance.

          • TampaDink

            Glad that you are okay….at least I hope that there was no serious harm done to you.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            You’re too kind. No surgery, just broken crap and PT for a year. Easily could have been dead. I lucked out.

          • TampaDink

            Thank goodness you are all patched up now….and I hope that there are no lingering after effects.

          • SoCalGal20

            Oh no! Glad you’re still here and on the mend!

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            …which cemented itself as one for the ages with that last episode.
            I still can’t listen to Sia and not think about it. I wept at that finale.

          • TampaDink

            Until that episode I was unfamiliar with Sia….I’ve become a fan because of it.

          • Lazycrockett
          • Oscarlating Wildely

            …well fuck.. now I have to cry all over again….

          • Lazycrockett

            It did everything it needed to do, touching, tragic, obvious, and sweet. its the best ending of any show.

          • Goodboy

            Not to mention a normal gay couple that middle America loved.

          • Goodboy

            Hell no am I watching that. I need to be in a good place to watch that again. Lol

          • Cuberly

            Loved that show, except for that season where the gay character kept treating his partner like shit. Pissed me the hell off.

          • TampaDink

            It was frustrating…..how many times did I yell at the tube, “Goddammit, David!”? But…like so many of us, they worked it all out.

          • Cuberly

            It was of it’s time. Was during my considerably more activist period, pissed me off that so many gay roles were written with the gay guy experiencing some sort of trauma, that never really resolves itself. It had settled in as a stereotype by then and I was actively against that characterization. It was a trope, similar to the wise black character, the gay characters had to be tragic, to some degree.

          • TampaDink

            That seemed to be required….at least (I hope) we have moved beyond the time where every gay character doesn’t HAVE to die of AIDS. My long suffering spousal unit tried to watch 6.F.U. with me but he couldn’t handle the talking dead and that episode in season 1 where a young gay man was murdered was the last time he watched.

          • Cuberly

            Of that “scarred gay” genre there’s only one film that turns the trope into something other than just victim. Ever see Urbania? It’s trippy, artsy, and has a hook that’s funny as well as disturbing. But the story is much more personal, less stereotyped. If interested check it out.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmgW_VdUli0

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDbAN1cFzp0&t=127s

          • TampaDink

            Thanks for the tip! I have not seen this….yet. Glad the whole thing is on Youtube, so I can remedy this lapse.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            You mean Keith’s macho angst sessions? Yea, inner demons.
            It was contrasted with David’s A) seeing the ghost of a dead gay kid who got bashed and B) his sick and seductive kidnapper.

          • My favorite episode started with a truckload of helium filled sex dolls getting loose, and Beth Grant thinking it’s the rapture.

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            The ending still makes me tear up. Wow. it is very powerful, still. Thanks for sharing it again.

          • perversatile

            Like when The Brady Bunch got “Cousin Oliver’d”.

          • ByronK

            Wow, I’d forgotten about that. It was pretty horrible. So many shows tried to revive themselves with such stunts. Remember Mork and Mindy and Jonathan Winters showing up as their son in an egg? I always found it painful to watch such a talented comedian reduced to playing an alien baby in a diaper.

          • TampaDink

            David Vitter has been longing for a reboot of that.

          • Lazycrockett

            Winters was more than happy to take the role as was Williams who considered him a icon. Granted the last season or mork and mindy sucked ass, but there was a lot of shit going to both from the writers, the actors and the network that destroyed that show.

          • Goodboy

            I loved it! Of coarse I was just a kid so wtf did I know. Lol

          • TampaDink

            Exactly!

          • Guest

            Oliver was only in a few episodes and then left He was not a character introduced and kept.

          • perversatile
      • Goodboy

        The best thing that came out of that show was Robin Williams.

        • Nowhereman

          That’s right! That’s where Mork from Ork first showed up. Nanoo, nanoo!

          • TampaDink

            Shazbot!

        • Lazycrockett

          I would disagree and go with Penny Marshall

          • Goodboy

            Ha. Laverne and Shirley.

          • Cuberly

            Hey, L&S was my show, I loved it.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            ….okay, was I the only one who was confused because I assumed they were together and liked boys, too… cool…. but then they weren’t together… okay…but they were still roommates… and then the dance and that theme song… confused the Queer shit out of me.

          • Cuberly

            Yep.

          • Reality.Bites

            I already knew her from The Odd Couple.

      • ErikDC

        Interesting.

        It doesn’t seem like Happy Days is iconic in the way other older shows have become. For instance, The Golden Girls began its run a year after Happy Days ended and The Golden Girls still feels relevant. I know guys who are 10, 15 years younger than me who love The Golden Girls. They’re all gay, of course, but the gays have good taste. LOL

        • Nowhereman

          LOGO has been running a lot of good shows like that. I wish they’d run Maude. It was a great and ground-breaking show also starring Bea Arthur and was a spin-off from All in the Family. Maude was Archie’s cousin.

          • fuzzybits

            Antenna tv runs Maude.

          • ByronK

            It would probably be laughable today but Maude was incredibly edgy for its time. Like Soap. A lot of taboos broken and I think she was the first full on feminist character on television. It seems like the shows that broke barriers and took risks are just so specific to their time that they lose relevance as things move on. It’s the more character based shows that endure such as Mary Tyler Moore (still politically outdated but brilliantly funny at times) and the Dick Van Dyke Show. It’s hard to predict what will endure. Several years ago there were some anniversary specials. One for Laugh In and one for The Carole Burnett Show. Laugh In was still hilarious where as Carole Burnett just seemed dated. Still funny at times but you could see how Laugh In was almost a precursor to the political satire that would eventually give rise to shows like Jon Stewart’s.

          • Lazycrockett

            and the Smothers Brothers.

          • Goodboy

            I love loved the Carole Burnett Show.

          • Cuberly

            Love Maude and the Jeffersons. But, unfortunately my parents wouldn’t let me watch Soap. I had to do a sleep over at a friends house in order to watch that……and that was the show everyone was talking about too.

          • ByronK

            It was pretty huge when it came out but Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman broke ground even before that show. It’s just JMG nostalgia night!

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            …oh god, I remember the Mary Hartman opening theme. Didn’t it start with some female voice calling out “Mary Hartman. Mary Hartman?” and then some cheesy parlor music?

          • TampaDink

            That was the voice of her mother, Martha Shumway, played by the wonderful Dody Goodman.

          • yes b’y
          • TampaDink

            Ah yes…..that’s the voice.

          • Goodboy

            Yeah, it broke ground for the bottom of the barrel of crappiness. Back then that’s saying allot.

          • ByronK

            One one level it was crappy but I think that was the point – it was attempting to be the antithesis of what a sitcom was then. It was a satire of what the genre had become at that point.

          • Goodboy

            Ah cool. Well, again I was just a kid and I guess I missed the adult nuances.

          • Soap? Oh, I never found it “crappy,” though I did get more jokes as an adult than as a kid. But I think that show holds up VERY well. Hysterically funny, particularly if you’re familiar with exactly what was being lampooned (70s soap operas, as well as sitcoms). It was also, let’s not forget, the precursor to The Golden Girls. Same production team.

          • ByronK

            I was referring to Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

          • Oh, okay, I can climb on board with you there. At least at my age at the time (11), I found it very stupid, and my mother LOVED it. I suspect there were some actual chunks of gold there, given the cast. But given also that my mother is a full-blown Trumper, I may have to give the edge to “crappy.”

          • Cuberly

            Ha! MHMH was on so late, was never allowed to watch it.

            Nostalgia night indeed.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Yes! I remember that if I heard the theme song I was in deep shit because I was supposed to be sleeping!

          • Reality.Bites

            They ran it at 1:00 PM in Montreal!

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            I know it ran after my supposed bed time in suburban St. Paul, MN when I was still in school. And then it was opposite of Johnny Carson or something which my dad wanted to watch.

          • Cuberly

            It was on after the nightly news in Colorado, 10:30pm. Then they moved it even later, not sure why, to 11:00pm.

          • grada3784

            Waxy yellow build-up?

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            If I recall, Soap was one of the first televised programs to have an openly gay character, and Maude: girl had not one but two episodes about her decision to have an abortion AND she had an episode that was pretty much a monologue on mental health. That shit was all risquΓ© back in the day.

          • Guest

            I find Carol still funny. I think her skits still make the young laugh

          • Reality.Bites

            Because of Carol Burnett’s appearances on Glee as Sue Sylvester’s mother, I tried to find some clips of her show that I could show to my ex to illustrate her cultural importance… and I realized that every clip would look incredibly hokey to him.

          • Ninja0980

            Indeed, many of the shows you mentioned seem dated or no big deal today that it’s easy to forget that a show talking about racism, abortion, sexism etc. was groundbreaking back then.

          • Nowhereman

            I recently took a vacation from politics and watched the 25 year anniversary Laugh In special. I loved that show. Also Soap, the original SNL, and anything with Bob Newhart.

          • Guest

            I believe Edith’s cousin.

            God I’ll get you for that Walter.

            Maude was amazing. I am stunned that my parents allowed me to sit on the floor and watch Maude and all in the family with the topics they had, including Edith being raped.

            In some ways we became less liberal on TV when war criminal Reagan was elected. Even tipper gore went nuts on song lyrics.

          • Nowhereman

            Yes–now I remember, she was Edith’s cousin and Archie was always rude to her when she showed up. Both of those shows were quality and dealt with issues no other shows were addressing. I remember that back then, breast cancer, and cancer in general, weren’t talked about openly. Carroll O’Connor’s “In the Heat of the Night” was another excellent show.

        • Lazycrockett

          Well there is a big difference between the shows, TGG wasn’t afraid of doing topic episodes, while HD was just safe sitcom fun.

          • Guest

            Tgg and hd?

          • TampaDink

            The Golden Girls & Happy Days.

        • Goodboy

          Yep. Weird that you have such gems from that era when you look around. God the 80’s sucked in television. Of coarse I was a kid and I still loved it.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            “God the 80’s sucked.”
            One fucking word: Reagan.
            Having noted, looking past the bubble gum pop crap music, there was some good ol’ Queer Angst Music in those stacks.

          • There are some gems in that bubble gum pop crap too. . .

        • The style doesn’t hold up well. You can forgive 50s and 60s shows for their datedness, and their Vaudeville and stage roots. But by the 70s, why were they still projecting to the back row? They were very brightly lit, the stages too obviously stages, the plots recycled from earlier sitcoms, and even the period details glossed over after a few years. All in the Family and Golden Girls harken back to a real time. Happy Days harkens back to a 50s only imagined in the 70s.

      • Guest

        Both happy days and Laverne and Shirley, one of the spin off, like mork and Mindy, etc. Had a few black characters occasionally. That is far more than leave it to beaver, Ozzie and Harriet, etc.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          True, but of the main characters and story lines, nary a non-white face in sight. I do recall one episode of HD when, gasp, a non-white family was moving in next door. Everyone got their panties in a wad until the happy revelation at the end that “hey! they’re just like us.” It had a way to go.

          • Guest

            It was a product of the fifties it represented. For a seventies show, it spun off the Jeffersons.

            I do not recall that episode.

            I would remind you that in the first season Richie had two black friends, both guys and one guy had a girlfriend. The one without the girlfriend appeared a few more times but by season three seemed to have gone

            The one guy with the girlfriend and the girlfriend both went the way of Richie’s older brother chuck, and were never seen again after the first season

          • TampaDink

            Chuck was always puzzling….once he was gone, I don’t recall him ever being mentioned.

          • There’s a whole TV Trope about that. It’s happened a few times to long-running shows, children of main characters who are written out with no attempt to explain why. Chuck was even played by two actors before he disappeared.

          • TampaDink

            Another great example of this phenomenon was “My Three Sons”. Initially there was Mike, Robbie & Chip. Mike got married and written off, so Steven Douglas adopted Ernie, to keep the son tally in sync with the title of the show.

          • Silver Badger

            The Jeffersons were spun off of All in the Family.

          • They did WHITE ethnic though! Arthur Fonzarelli. Big Rosey Greenbaum. The Big Ragu! Lenny Kawznoski. I don’t know what Squiggy was. Eugene was a regular on Mork and Mindy, and black, but they did some meddling in year 2 and he was gone.

    • Goodboy

      Oh hell no. Canned laughter and you’re like wtf was so funny. Like the others say it was all relative to it’s day though.

    • ByronK

      I was a product of it’s time. It was launched, I think, as a way to mine the popularity of the movie American Graffiti. Like so many sitcoms, it was a sanitized portrayal of American culture, romanticizing a period in time, much like Grease did. Sugar for the masses. But at the same time, groundbreaking stuff like All in the Family was being produced. Sadly, it jumped the shark and devolved into Archie’s Place.

      • Guest

        And the term jumping the shark is literally taken from an episode where Fonzie jumped a shark. Stupid episode.

        Fonzie was to have been an older drop out not in a leather jacket, who was a bit part, rarely used.

        • Fonzie. Barney Fife. Chrissy Snow. Steve Urkel. Al Bundy, A long line of characters who become “phenomenons,” who eventually get whoops of applause for entering the stage, and whose characters get more and more exaggerated to the point of becoming completely unbelievable as people. Or they start out that way like Lenny & Squiggy.

        • yes b’y
      • Guest

        And Maude, etc were groundbreaking too

      • Reality.Bites

        And like almost every show set in a different period, after a couple of seasons they pretty much stopped bothering with the hair styles, fashions and cultural references of the period.

        • Yep. Or they do like The Goldbergs, and deliberately muck it up with an unreliable narrator (1980-something).

    • Nowhereman

      It was popular. Popular doesn’t necessarily mean good. It was a predictable, light-hearted nostalgic sit com.

    • Adam King

      It was stupid and unfunny.

      • Maybe a little harsh. I’d reserve that for the shows that came after, that it served as a template for. Particularly: Family Matters. Urkel was a retread of the Fonz. A pumped-up side character, basically capable of magic by the end, who the audience goes NUTS for, for some reason. Now, THAT show was stupid and unfunny. Happy Days had a few good years out of its what, 11? 12?

    • Lazycrockett

      Happy Days is basically The Big Bang Theory today.

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        I thought the Big Bang Theory was ending, yet now I hear of a Season 11 and 12?

    • Cuberly

      Back then it was 3 networks to choose from. No room for being picky.

      Though I will stick up for Laverne and Shirley, every once in a while they did a bit of musical comedy schtick and I for one love it.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      For all of its faults, “Happy Days” had an episode with a guest beatnik chick where they all went to a coffee house and heard beatnik poetry:

      “Little Boy,
      with your nose pressed against the bakery window.
      There are no donuts for you today.
      Only Death.”

      Say what you will about the show as a whole, that shit is funnier than a hell of a lot of TV’s sacred comedy cows.

    • Hue-Man

      Checked my TV listings. Hamilton, Ontario, CHCH has Happy Days every weekday. Tomorrow:
      Fonzie Joins the Band
      S02, E19 (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1975)
      Fonzie takes up the bongos to play with Richie’s band at an important country club dance.

      I don’t remember watching it when it originally aired (college days) but recognize the leading characters. Haven’t watched an episode since.

      BTW, if CHCH seems familiar there was this headline in 2015.
      Rogers apologizes for showing porn on CHCH
      Gaffe marks 2nd time in 3 years pornography was aired instead of news

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/rogers-apologizes-for-showing-porn-on-chch-1.3175060

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        Ooo, Rogers sounds like it has fun gaffes. Lol.

    • Tomcat

      And yet those idiot girls selling cupcakes keep getting renewed.

      • Tomcat

        Sick demented slapstick.

      • I watched every episode of that for like the first 4 years, not because I liked it, but kind of out of awe for how bad it was. Like FOX “News.” But the logic behind it was so strained, and they shout at the audience like, well, Happy Days or Laverne & Shirley or Lucy. Like they’re playing to the rafters without microphones.

    • theonlyseven

      The 1970s was a nostalgic decade. For a variety or reasons Americans were very eager to look back at what they considered “simpler times”, even if that era included the Depression period (The Waltons, The Sting etc). Keep in mind when Happy Days first showed up the king of television sit coms was All in the Family, a show which did not appeal to some parts of the country and was not considered family fare. Happy Days was comfort food for people who were tired of their entertainment having a “message”.

      • BobSF_94117

        I wouldn’t say the decade was nostalgic. There was certainly a segment of the population that preferred to stick their heads in the sand and watch insipid slop (how they got the TVs down into the holes remains a mystery to this day). The 70s were a decade of continuing social change, even on TV. MASH. Maude. Good Times. Happy Days was a reaction.

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          Dyyyynomite !

    • It was the hottest thing going for several years along with its spin-off, Laverne & Shirley. HUGELY popular with fans, not so much with critics. They don’t hold up well without massive spoonfuls of nostalgia. But at the time? Bigger, just about, than anything on TV now. Certainly by numbers of viewers. I still have a huge soft spot in my heart for Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, but less so for Happy Days.

  • John Clerkin-Whitcomb

    As a child of the 70s, this comes as such sad news….. Had heard the last 25 years or so were not kind to her, so perhaps she was not sorry to move along, but at 56 this has to be hard on those she’s left behind… I hope she’s at peace..

    • Goodboy

      Yeah, in 2012 she was reportably homeless. She didn’t look good either. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/97817d2029c1e08d6dfe9400988589163895f0ace77096d03f76c9317103a395.jpg

      • TampaDink

        Sad. So very sad. I read elsewhere that she struggled with mental illness in addition to substance abuse. (Not judging, especially since I meet both of those descriptions.)

        • Goodboy

          Me too to varying degrees. I have more sympathy for people in those circumstances today because of it. Maybe even in general. It teaches you that you’re not better then anyone else.

          • TampaDink

            Reminds me of a line from “Sordid Lives”
            Latrelle: “Acting like they’re so much better than you…”
            Sissy: “Well, they’re not.”

          • SFHarry

            uhhhhhhh huhhhhhhh.

        • Guest

          You got that right.

      • Tomcat

        She looks just like mt 75 year old sister.

    • Guest

      She was doing kind of ok until the mortgage meltdown cost her the ca house because of a high mortgage. That started a spiral that took them to a trailer park in in

    • Guest

      She was doing kind of ok until the mortgage meltdown cost her the ca house because of a high mortgage. That started a spiral that took them to a trailer park in in r

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    IIRC, as a tabloid flipper, I would see her occasionally in the pages, falling on hard times. For every Ron Howard who does great, there’s usually a child actor who goes into a downward spiral.

    There’s an article done by a former child actor who managed to do OK afterwards but talks about potential pitfalls.

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-child-stars-go-crazy-an-insiders-perspective/

  • ByronK

    1970s TV claims another victim. But ultimately, regardless of the decade, there are a lot of people who find fame on TV and in movies and then it fades and they don’t make the transition to a different life and they go down. Very sad.

    • His HolySh1t King Donald

      Why does that reality TV star in the WH still have its good health???

      • TampaDink

        I think that “good” is not an accurate description, no matter what his gastroenterologist says.

        • His HolySh1t King Donald

          Orange baboon walking around is already too good considering it’s been on a diet of fast food & b*ner pills for the last 30 years

          • TampaDink

            His behavior suggest that he’s taking more than boner pills. I’m thinking he’s hooked on “diet” pills. As much as I’d hate to see him given a state funeral, as long as he goes from “natural” causes, I’d be okay with that.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I don’t even know why anybody (other than perhaps a journalist) goes there.

    • His HolySh1t King Donald

      I do hope it was a trumpanzee. Slim chances sine they don’t go out of their trailer parks.

      Nothing makes me happy like a trumpanzee in trouble

    • Tomcat

      What kind of idiot would go to NK these days?

      • theonlyseven

        Christians. It’s a thing for them to cross over and ostensibly try to spread the word of Jebus. The real hope is they get detained so they can then play up the persecution card.

        • Silver Badger

          Martyred Christians go straight to heaven don’t cha know. They just don’t get the virgins.

          • Reality.Bites

            That’s only because they’ve never been able to find 72 Christian virgins.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lumpy Gaga

      Again, with so many pigeons going unfed in the parks, Bernie could be doing so much good.

      • TampaDink

        I’m more tired of his approach to doing good for the DNC. Great, he’s touring with Tom Perez but I don’t think that helps rally & build up support of the party….that he doesn’t belong to. Join the party, Bernie…or just do you independent thing in the Senate.

        • yes b’y

          When hippies kick you out of a commune for being lazy and talking too much, it’s not a good sign

          http://freebeacon.com/politics/bernie-sanders-asked-leave-hippie-commune/

          • TampaDink

            He still loves to hear his own voice. No doubt about that.

          • yes b’y

            Well it won’t be long before his ears go.

          • TampaDink

            His voice reminds me of John Byner’s Aardvark in “The Ant & the Aardvark” which was a segment on The Pink Panther Show.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agRGY2aG0rQ

          • yes b’y

            Oh my, it does sound like him.

          • TampaDink

            Between the voice & his temporary membership in the Democratic party, I just couldn’t take him too seriously. Admittedly, he’d be a far better president than what we have.

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            Though I’m happy if he still fights for health care for all.

        • Ninja0980

          He and his followers are still attacking Democrats more then Republicans.
          He has to go, simple as that.

          • TampaDink

            I agree completely.

      • Tomcat

        Bernie is bringing down the DNC. That is his goal.

    • ultragreen

      This is just more propaganda from an embittered Clinton supporter.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: I find this a rather sweet tribute to Obama. It’s an Instagram so it’s giving me a headache trying to link to it. The link should be below the picture.
    “https://www.instagram.com/p/BTFOtoxjQ04/”

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTFOtoxjQ04/

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I found this at a blog at Patheos. It’s the Twitter hastag “ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear” and it’s basically a lot of Christian women pointing out the shit that they keep hearing that beats them down. And of course, instead of listening to them, a lot of people deflect by demanding they talk about Islam instead.

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear&src=typd

    • Treant

      It sounds like most of them would be better if they acknowledged the cognitive dissonance and left either their churches or the religion entirely.

      • TampaDink

        For some of us humans, acknowledging that our “faith” is dragging us down can take decades. Hell, I still identified as catholic & still “practiced” until 8 yrs. ago…when I finally gave religion up for Lent & never looked back.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I also think so and I wish they realized that it’s really a bait and switch where they’re supposed to be all equal before God but it’s really more like Animal Farm where some animals are more “equal” than others. Also, I’m angry because often the same churches demand they vote for people who think women should never get positions of power in secular society either. It’s tweet after tweet of women saying they hear, “Men can’t control themselves so it’s up to you to keep the goods under wrap yet they are spiritual superior to you and get all the good positions like Jesus intended” and “Serve God by pumping out babies and taking care of unvalued grunt work none of the men want and do it with long hair and a smile. And if you don’t, you will never get married!”

        I always want to tell them, “I’m glad you’re aware that you’re being ripped off but if you think just being aware is going to give you the things you want, then it’s not going to happen. And if you’re helping your church drag non-church women down as well then shame on YOU!”

        • Treant

          This. It’s a never-ending cycle of blaming others problems on them, and then placing expectations that can’t possibly be realized so they can blame others problems on them…

          I’ve gotten to the point where I simply can’t spare much sympathy for them either. Mine is currently going to people who are in actual danger in this administration.

    • Ninja0980

      The talk about Islam is their go to line for anyone who dares when women, LGBT folks or anyone else talk about injustices or hardships they endure because of the Church/Christians etc.
      Gets old in a hurry.

  • billbear1961
  • billbear1961
    • Colonel Panic.

      You seem to have a mind well stocked with beautifully appropriate reactions, musical or otherwise. I have a great regard for you, Sir Bear. Off to google fall of eagles now..

      • TampaDink

        That’s our Bill Bear, giving new & better meaning to “mid century modern”….a title that I embrace.

        • M Jackson

          Our bear is the best bear!

          • TampaDink

            We have quite a lot of bestest bears in these parts.

  • Leo Tallant

    I remember reading an article about her and the reason she did not attend a TV broadcast of a cast reunion. She said she did not want to attend the reunion show but that she would PRAY for her cast-mates. Kind of odd if you ask me…..

    However this was quite a few years ago. Not sure when that show aired.

    • TampaDink

      Odd, indeed. The optimist in me is hoping that was a dig at Scott Baio.

      • Reality.Bites

        Ron Howard and Henry Winkler’s tweets make me think otherwise.

        • TampaDink

          Could be.

  • Michael R
    • Treant

      It took me a couple seconds…

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        Me, too.

    • sadoldguy

      When ever I see a picture like this, I expect a caption along the lines of …

      Dunning & Kruger poster child, Billy Bob, one day before earning his Darwin Award. Reportedly his last words were:
      β€œHEY EVERYONE! WATCH THIS …”

      • JCF

        β€œHEY EVERYONE! WATCH THIS …”

        Or, “Here, hold my beer!”

  • Ninja0980

    She is finally at peace.
    RIP Erin and thanks for the memories.

  • kaydenpat

    Way too young. May she RIP.

  • Ack, reduced to “Scott Baio’s love interest?” She was on the show, much longer than he was. He was HER love interest!

  • Stuff It

    These happy days are yours and mine.

    • easygoingmister

      Feels so right, it can’t be wrong.

  • DaddyRay

    OT – will be curious about the French Election results – should be coming in around 5:00 to 7:00 Eastern

  • Reality.Bites

    Note to aspiring actors: do NOT play the sister on sitcoms set a couple of decades in the past.

    Lisa Robin Kelly from That 70s Show ended up similarly.

    • Treant

      Dana Plato from Diff’rent Strokes would also chime in to agree if she hadn’t passed away incredibly young.

      • Reality.Bites

        True, but it was set in the present at the time, so she had reason to think she’d end up like Neil Patrick Harris or the kids from Kate and Allie (who I assume turned out well since we’ve not heard anything about them since).

        Now that I check, all three are still working in the industry and seem to be doing well.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      I get the vibe that the Olsen twins are kinda messed up, too. Filthy rich, but messed uo.

      • Reality.Bites

        Yes, but they were on Full House, so they pretty much deserve what they get.

    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      Also the little girl from Poltergeist. Though it was not TV.

      From wiki:

      Heather O’Rourke (December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988)[2] was an American child actress. She was discovered by director Steven Spielberg when she was visiting MGM’s studios.[3] Spielberg cast her as Carol Anne Freeling in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist, where she had the movie’s most recognizable line: “They’re here!” She reprised the role in the second and third installments.

      O’Rourke also had a recurring role on Happy Days from 1982 to 1983, and she made several television guest appearances. She died at the age of 12 of cardiac arrest and septic shock caused by a misdiagnosed intestinal stenosis in early February 1988.

  • Gigi

    Only the good die young. Baio will live to be 110.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Ah, Indiana. The land of God and beefsteak.

  • marshlc

    Being a kid in show biz almost seems to be a sentence to a life of unhappy substance abuse.

    Sure, there are some who go on to have successful careers and apparently happy lives – Ron Howard, Jodie Foster… and I’m sure there are some who take the money to pay for an education and go on to be architects or veterinarians or something. But every day we hear of some tragic end to a talented kid.

    And all I can think is “What on earth is wrong with their parents?” You can nurture a young talent by getting them into local theatre, that kind of thing, while still allowing them a childhood – and staving off the big money and big fame until they are old enough to have a chance of handling it.

    Yet there are parents who not only allow but push their kids to the big time while they are still kids, even knowing how dangerous it is. I just can’t understand some people.

  • easygoingmister

    Sigh. The write up is as sad as her passing.

  • Secure

    Used to watch Happy Days & Laverne & Shirley back to back. RIP

    • M Jackson

      I watched it but didn’t enjoy it. I was already taken with Norman Lear and MTM.

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        As someone other people have pointed out, there was also Good Times and Maude. I like more realistic shows with some comedy in it. Happy Times was okay, yet somehow didn’t speak to me. Laverne and Shirley was a bit more my show. Yet Norman Lear even more so. I agree.

        • M Jackson

          I did enjoy Laverne And Shirley for the wonderful slapstick, though I hated every moment of Lenny and Squiggy. Now look at what a fine actor Michael McKean turned out to be. He’s on Broadway now in The Little Foxes.
          Watching All In The Family in Jr. High school with my mother and father, my dad laughing at Archie Bunker and my mither laughing at Edith.

  • M Jackson

    Didn’t she decline a cast reunion because the rest weren’t jesus-y enough?

  • Oh, Parker

    Indiana will do that to a person.

  • MarkBuster

    Chachi did it.