Happy Days to Homeless Days

By | Oct 1, 2012

Erin MoranOh no, not another riches to rags story about a million dollar celebrity tossing Benjamins like a Vegas gambler, only to end up sleeping behind a trash bin.

Last year, it was child star Danny Bonaduce, the red-headed kid from the 1970’s Partridge Family TV show, who slept in a car in some Hollywood alley. In 2010, it was the former captain of the New York Knicks basketball team who was found homeless in Florida.

It seems like every year we, the star-gazing public, are shocked to read another story about a former celebrity becoming homeless.

Now, it is Erin Moran, the cute daughter from the 1970’s TV show Happy Days, who is an adult struggling with homelessness. What happened?

Her on-screen brother, Ron Howard, is a famous producer and director while poor Erin looks like the stereotypical image of homelessness.

Where’s Chachi, her cool TV boyfriend (Scott Baio), when she needs him? He went on to become a successful actor and director. She should’ve never let him go.

How do these celebrities make millions of dollars and then throw it all away? It’s not like they struggled through the foster care system, and ended up becoming a family-less teenager on the streets. They didn’t spend multiple deployments on the battlefield, only to end up struggling with PTSD.

No, these are people who were coddled and spoiled like royalty, only to fall off of their pedestal and into homelessness.

Celebrities who become homeless are an extreme version of the warning that “it could happen to anyone.” Yes, homelessness could happen to you or me. If a celebrity can become homeless, then so can I.

I know it sounds cliché, but people are people. Whether we earn millions of dollars per year, or are barely managing to make ends meet, the possibility of homelessness is always lurking in our futures.

Something unexpected could happen – chronic illness with insufficient health insurance, losing a job, or developing mental health issues. Or we might just make foolish decisions. We could turn to substances to cope with depression, break the law in a moment of desperation, or gamble away our savings.

No matter the cause of homelessness, or whose fault it may be, society still needs to address the chronic social breakdown in our country. Everyone deserves a second chance.

As far as Erin Moran is concerned, she should have made Charles in Charge of her life. Her former TV boyfriend went on to star as a college-age nanny.

But wait, Scott Baio’s best friend on that show, Willie Aames, also ended up homeless in real life.

I guess the only way to truly end homelessness for people, both rich and poor, is to help them address their personal issues and provide affordable housing.


Photo from Radar Online.


  1. Chester I Olson
    Posted Nov 13, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Homelessness of celebrities is sometimes caused by wrong use of money. Those who spend millions on plastic surgery, commonly breast augmentation perth, expensive cars, gamble, instead of investing on a business for example, will most likely have the same fate as she did.

  2. Posted Jul 24, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    It is always a surprise for the general public to read about the homelessness of one of the celebrities. The case is always identical. Sudden limelight experiences could get the better of them and they start going overboard. And then end up pauper and homeless.

  3. Posted Jul 30, 2013 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    It's always so surprising to hear these stories. I totally agree with you about everyone deserving a second chance.

  4. Posted Sep 7, 2016 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Rags-to-riches stories don't just happen in the movies. Some of the world's richest and most successful people didn't start off that way; they spent nights sleeping on the streets, in their cars, or on friends couches. Like to hear such these stories.

  5. Posted Mar 11, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    It is always a surprise for the general public to read about the homelessness of one of the celebrities. The case is always identical. See Mark's Blog for more details.