Erin Moran: Joanie Cunningham
The youngest child in the Cunningham household, “Shortcake” was a bit of a rebel. Moran’s character would dabble in things — such as smoking and dangerous boys — that the family did not like. However, that all changed after forming an inseparable bond with future fiancé Chachi (played by Scott Baio).
Prior to her time on Happy Days, Moran had carved out quite a nice career for herself as a child actress. The popularity surrounding her on-screen relationship with Baio resulted in the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi. After acting into the mid 1980’s, Moran took a long hiatus — appearing sparingly in low-budget projects. Her personal life was beset by reported substance abuse issues. She sadly passed away due to stage-four throat cancer on April 22, 2017. She was 56 years of age.