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Erin Moran and the Holiday Inn

I got a bit of a weird feeling when I heard actress Erin Moran once stayed in (and got kicked out of) a Holiday Inn Express in Corydon, Indiana. A little research confirmed it was the same Holiday Inn that Emily and I stayed in while researching Hoosier Hysterical a couple of years ago. Corydon was the original state capital of Indiana, so naturally we spent some time in the area.

We weren't there at the same time as she was, of course. Well, not that I know of, although apparently she lived in the area then. I suppose it could have been the same room.

On the one hand, I was a little offended at the way the news media covered her move to Indiana, as if Moran had been banned to the seventh circle of Hell. (Apparently she and her husband moved here to take care of his mother, after her acting jobs dried up and they lost their California property.) I'd take southern Indiana over southern California any day.

On the other hand, I suspect I'd choose wealthy in California over impoverished in Indiana. She'd hit on very hard times, and didn't make the move for the scenery; those of us trying to work our way up can't begin to imagine what it's like to be a TV star at fourteen, and considered a has-been by thirty. Her happy days were far behind her, and it sounds like she spent the last years of her life trying to drown her sorrows in alcohol. I remember the fresh faced kid on "Happy Days", and can't help thinking she was only two years older than me. It could have been any of us; and it's very sad any way you look at it.


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Apr. 25th, 2017 03:22 am (UTC)
Yeah I noticed they made sure we knew she was living in a trailer park (to emphasize how far she had fallen) and I've seen conflicting causes of death (Heroin and cancer).

As she's only 6 years older than me, her death does have a tendency to put things in perspective.

Judging by tweets from her former cast members she had a troubled life (though the cynic in me wonders if they were nearly so concerned with her when she was alive)
Apr. 25th, 2017 05:53 am (UTC)
Turns out it was cancer; hopefully this won't come out wrong, but I'd rather it be cancer than heroin. But on the other hand my brother, who's about the same age as her, just got diagnosed with his second bout of lung cancer, so any way you look at it this isn't a good thing.

I heard that some of the cast members were trying to get her an acting job on Arrested Development, so at least a few were apparently trying to help her out.
Apr. 25th, 2017 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah i seems definitely stage 4 cancer which no, never a good thing.

well that's good to know.
Apr. 25th, 2017 09:46 am (UTC)
You hit the nail exactly on the head about what it might have been like peaking in the acting world at such a young age. I love television and movies but Hollywood itself seems like it's just toxic for many of the people who spend time in the industry.
Apr. 25th, 2017 10:43 am (UTC)
From what I know, Hollywood's just not a good place for anyone, but especially for young people. It's remarkable that any of them make it out of there without being badly messed up.
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