Former Eight is Enough TV star Susan Richardson is seriously ill and living in a decrepit trailer. What happened to the pretty and successful star? Is she following the path of Happy Days star Erin Moran?
According to a report from RadarOnline, no, she didn't go the way of Richie Cunningham's adorable kid sister Joanie Cunningham. Erin Moran turned to drugs and alcohol. A serious 'incurable digestive tract' illness preceded by several strokes led to the Richardson's financial and physical downfall.
Richardson starred as Susan Bradford of the show that ran from 1977 to 1981. The hit show also starred Dick Van Patten, Diana Hyland, Betty Buckley, Grand Goodeve, Lani O'Grady, Laurie Walters, Dianne Kay, Connie Needham, Willie Aames and Adam Rich.
Richardson's attitude is no doubt what's keeping her alive. She lives on a small pension and supplements her income by carving canes out of birch branches she collects in the woods near her home. She sells these at a nominal fee to military veterans.
"I don't want to complain too much, but I've had more than my share of problems," she said in a recent interview.
It's incredibly sad to see someone who obviously had talent and drive living in squalor at the age of 60. You can check out a photo of Susan Richardson when she starred on Eight is Enough and also a shot of her present living conditions by clicking on the RadarOnline link above.
This is a prime example of a falling star. As a young woman starring in a TV series she likely never imagined she would live out her days under such pitiful living conditions. Hopefully her plight serves as an example to celebrities riding high today, and makes them plan appropriately for their futures--which may or may not include that continued star status.
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