“Happy Days” actress Erin Moran refused help from fellow former child stars as her life spiraled out of control, a child-actor advocate said Sunday. She had great succcess in the 70s but it all went away. Friends tried to help, but as friend Paul Peterson (The Donna Reed Show) said:
“Erin had friends and she knew it. Abandonment was not the issue. The perversity of human frailty is at the root of this loss, not failure,” wrote Petersen.
“We did our best with the resources available to us, but it was a very dark room. Some don’t find the light switch in time.”
Moran’s “Happy Days” mom, Marion Ross, also said Sunday she wished to remember the former child star in better times.
“This breaks my heart,” Ross, 88, told NBC in Los Angeles. “She was the quickest, fastest little kid. Wonderful.”
Moran is the fourth regular cast member of the show to die since “Happy Days” went off the air in 1984 — following TV dad Tom Bosley (2010) and Arnold’s owners Al Molinaro (2015) and Pat Morita (2005).