child actress who began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years
old and had several years of experience when she was cast in 1974 as
Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie
Cunningham played by successful filmmaker Ron Howard, in the sitcom Happy Days and it's spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, whose more recent credits included The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote, but who never approached the success of Happy Days and was more often in the news for her numerous personal and financial struggles and was reportedly homeless at times.
Cause of Death: Complications of Stage 4 throat cancer
Born: October 18, 1960
Died: April 22, 2017
Location: Corydon, Indiana