Happy Days: Joanie and Chachi #9 in Romance Hall of Fame TV Weddings Category

Through the simple act of turning on their television sets, viewers invite the characters that inhabit each series into their lives, and on rare occasions those characters can begin to feel like family. Such was the case with the Cunningham clan, who shared the Happy Days of the 1950’s and early 1960’s with their TV audience for 11 seasons.

Over the passage of time, we witnessed Joanie Cunningham’s (Erin Moran) transformation from “Shortcake” to soul mate for Fonzie’s cousin Charles “Chachi” Arcola (Scott Baio), and on the 1984 series finale their walk down the aisle was a walk down memory lane for the show’s fans.

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They just fit together perfectly!– Sylvia

Because they loved each other in real life.– Marissa

Oh wow, I haven’t seen that show in a long time, but I do remember the wedding between Joanie and Chachi- Great show!– Amy

Classic.– Michael

Joanie and Chachi’s relationship brings back memories of my high school love. Happy Days, indeed.– Sandra

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Erin Moran— Taking a hiatus from Hollywood after her years as Joanie Cunningham, Moran made infrequent television appearances before showcasing her struggle with weight on Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp. Once again eager to stand in front of the camera, the former child star will share the silver screen with Married…with Children‘s David Faustino in the comedy Working Title and with Morgan Fairchild in the upcoming comedy Code Enforcer. Having enjoyed an on air reunion with her one-time co-star and childhood sweetheart Scott Baio on the VH1 program Scott Baio is 45—and Single, Moran’s real life main man is Steven Fleischmann, her husband since 1993.

Scott Baio— Stepping into the shoes of Fonzie’s cousin Charles “Chachi” Arcola after sharing the silver screen with Jodie Foster in Bugsy Malone, this Brooklyn-born star followed the famous supporting role by garnering the lead in another long-running series, Charles in Charge. Recently, the actor has offered a peek into his private life on VH1’s Scott Baio is 45…and Single and Scott Baio is 46…and Pregnant. A Hollywood heartbreaker for years, Baio said “I do” Renee Sloan in 2007.

Fan Sites

Happy Days Fan Club— Honoring the international hit series in English, Italian and French, this site offers both a nostalgic look back as well as current news of the show’s stars.

Scott Baio’s Official Web Site— TV buffs who once displayed the former teen idol’s image on their bedroom walls can find out Baio tidbits by joining a fan club which offers its members scheduled chats and an online journal. As Chachi would say, “Wa wa wa!”

Erin Moran’s Official Web Site— Along with a resume of her work and a schedule of upcoming appearances, the site provides a link to “Shortcake’s” MySpace page.

Joanie Loves Chachi— Airing for only two shortened seasons, the sitcom lives on at this site, which features memorabilia, trivia, and an episode guide.

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